Amazon recently enabled the ability for Echo devices to make calls and send messages. This works great as a way to communicate with others who own Alexa-enabled devices or who want to use the Alexa app for communications. But, one of the big asks from the Alexa community has been the ability to use the devices as a whole house intercom system.
This does work with the new functionality, but with a few caveats…
When you call, you have to call a contact (in this case, yourself) not a device, i.e., you can’t say “Alexa, call the Basement Dot”
When you call, it rings across every device you own until the call is answered.
Even though you can setup multiple Amazon accounts for your devices, it only serves one account at a time.
Like a normal call it has to be answered – i.e., you can’t just start yelling at someone on the other end.
The device closest to the person who answered the call will be the one used for the call session, i.e., you don’t know who will pick up or in which room of the house.
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