Alexa has its own calling features, but they're for calling other Alexa-based devices. Internationally, it's only useful in the US, Mexico and Canada, so if you're not in those countries, or you are and want to dial elsewhere, you're out of luck.
But there is another way: Skype. Microsoft's Skype caller is used worldwide, and it's often one of the easiest ways to connect to someone while avoiding pricey international rates. Even better, you'll get 100 minutes per month for two months when you link Skype to Alexa.
But how exactly to do you do that? And how do you actually use it? "Alexa, play I got you babe".
How to set up Skype on Echo
The first thing you'll need to do is to make sure you've got a compatible Echo device. Every Echo device, except for the first-gen Echo, first-gen Echo Dot and Echo Look, is compatible.
After that, it's time to go into the Alexa app.
1) Go to Settings.
2) Click Communication.
3) Tap Skype.
4) Enter your Skype credentials.
Boom, you're all set up and ready to go.
How to use Skype on Echo
So, who you gonna call? Naturally, you can call any person that has Skype installed on an Echo, smartphone, tablet or computer. But you'll also be able to call mobiles and landlines in over 150 countries. Just be aware that if they don't have the Skype app, your call will appear for them as an unknown number.
Don't forget you get 200 free minutes for calling, 100 per month for two months. You can also use your Skype credit for calls. Those free minutes can only be used on 34 countries though.
Actually using Skype on an Echo is pretty simple, There are a number of commands you can use to ring someone up, either using their name or by reading out their phone number - if you can remember any.
Here are some commands to get you started:
"Alexa, call Mom on Skype."
"Alexa, Skype Dad."
"Alexa, Skype 650-222-1234."
"Alexa, call 650-555-1234 on Skype."
When someone calls you on Skype, Alexa will play the Skype ringtone and then read out the contact. To answer, you can either say "Answer" or "Alexa, pick up".