AT&T on Thursday announced customers will be able to send text messages hands-free through Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant, beginning on Friday.
With AT&T’s new Alexa skill, customers can ask to send a text, and Alexa will prompt them to speak the text message to send. Customers can add up to ten frequent contacts to the skill.
“Amazon Echo is ahead of the curve in terms of voice recognition technology and functionality,” Jeff Bradley, SVP of device and network services marketing at AT&T, said. “AT&T is the first carrier to bring this unique skill to a product already known for innovation.”
AT&T will retail the Echo for $179 and Echo Dot for $49 in retail stores and online, starting Friday.