Published: Fri, November 23, 2018
Markets | By Jeffery Armstrong

Skype calling comes to Alexa devices, furthering Amazon and Microsoft’s surprising partnership

Skype calling comes to Alexa devices, furthering Amazon and Microsoft’s surprising partnership

Previously, owners of Amazon's Echo devices could only call people who also owned an Echo device or had the Alexa app.

It was already possible to make calls and video calls with Alexa devices, but Skype is a huge, cross-platform service, so being able to make calls with it through Alexa is a big get for Amazon and a potential selling point for Echo devices. Make sure the person you're calling has the latest version of Skype.

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Customers are being offered 100 free minutes of calls per month to link their Skype account to their Alexa account

You can call friends and family in up to 150 countries worldwide with Skype, and for a limited time when you link up your account with Alexa you receive 100 minutes of free calls per month for two months. This means 100 minutes of worldwide calling per month for two months.

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Voice and video calls aren't new for Alexa.

If you're reading this, you're obviously interested in Amazon's Echo hardware which includes the all-mighty Echo Dot, Echo Plus, Echo Show, the regular Echo speaker and more.

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