Amazon Echo can send hands-free texts for AT&T subscribers

Ma Bell is the first carrier in the US to offer this feature.

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Mariella Moon
November 18, 2016 1:32 PM
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Say, you have your hands full and need to text someone ASAP -- if you're an AT&T subscriber with access to Amazon's speakers, you can now send messages completely hands free. Starting today, Amazon's Alexa-powered devices can compose messages for you and send them to a pre-programmed list of contacts. You only need to say "Alexa, ask AT&T to text <name>," and the assistant will prompt you to dictate your message. Company VP Jeff Bradley said AT&T "is the first carrier to bring this unique skill to a product already known for innovation."

The feature does come with limitations, though. For one, you can only send messages to ten contacts, which you'll have to pre-program through the Alexa app for smartphones. You'll also have to have a compatible device and plan. If you're not sure if you have either, you'll have to download the voice assistant's app to try it out. That's assuming you already have an Amazon speaker -- in case you don't have one yet, you can also get the Echo or the Echo Dot directly from AT&T's new website for the Alexa skill.

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