The need for a home phone seems to be headed down a path that would eventually go the way of the dinosaur. With everyone pretty much having their own smartphone, even kids, who needs a phone you have to run to get when you can easily send a message or call that person directly, right?
But it seems that Verizon wants to bring the home phone back, or at least to some extent. The company has launched a new Number Share feature that basically lets users share their current mobile phone number with an Alexa-enabled device. This means that users can not only make calls using an Alexa device, but receive them as well.
According to Verizon, one of the benefits of this new service is that users can request to make calls through Alexa using a contact’s name instead of speaking out the number. Alexa will also be able to announce who is calling from your contacts, plus it also has the ability to make calls to emergency numbers, something that Alexa was unable to do before.
If you think that this is something you’d like to experience, it’s not going to be free. Verizon will be charging customers $5 per phone line per month for Number Share, so if you plan to use many numbers with it, it could end up costing you quite a bit.
There is also a bit of an annoying thing you have to do which is to setup Alexa Routines to stop calls on your Alexa device when you’re not home. If you want sign up for Number Share, launch the Alexa app and go to “More,” “Settings,” “Communication,” and follow the on-screen instructions.