Vodafone has announced you can now call using its network 8211; just by asking Alexa on an Amazon Echo device. The UK network is the first in the world to get the feature. We8217;d imagine it8217;ll be quite useful when you8217;re cooking the dinner or doing the washing up but someone8217;s trying to call you.
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You8217;ll need an existing Vodafone mobile phone plan and to link your phone number to your Alexa account via the Alexa app. The facility is an extension of Voda8217;s existing OneNumber offering 8211; the service enables you to share your mobile plan allowance for data, minutes and texts with a secondary device 8211; previously this has mainly been a smartwatch so you8217;re able to use the device that8217;s with you at any one time without the need for a second plan.
Once enabled, your primary device (yes, your phone) no longer needs to be on to use OneNumber 8211; so you can place a call via Alexa that will go via the Vodafone network without your phone being active 8211; particularly useful if you8217;ve run out of battery. And yes, you can call for help from emergency services or other helplines should you be in a pickle.
Alexa calling with Vodafone OneNumber works using your contacts, so you8217;ll be alerted by Alexa that there8217;s an incoming call and who it8217;s from. Likewise, if you want to place a call, you can ask for a contact by name.
Apparently, you8217;ll also be able to decide which of your Echo devices will ring and you can turn inbound ringing on or off, any time you choose. So your partner won8217;t get woken up at 2am on a Saturday by Dave calling to ask what sauce you8217;d like on your kebab.