Will be doing a quick post today on the Amazon Echo Connect, which was just launched in the US a few weeks back. While I'm not able to access the full features from where I'm at, I thought it would be informative for non-US enthusiasts to evaluate what features are and are not available for this new product.
The prospects of answering and making calls via the Amazon Echo is a pretty useful one, and there are still plenty of landlines in Singapore, which is where I'm currently at. Besides the ease and convenience, another important use case would be for the elderly to answer calls easily, and to make emergency calls out.
Unfortunately, as the video above shows, answering incoming calls works, but making outgoing calls does not work for me right now. The screenshot below shows how the country selection screen is greyed out, and locked to only the US:
To sum it up, if you are a non-US Amazon user, the sole functionality of answering landline calls from your Echo device would probably not be sufficient justification to make this purchase right now.
Fingers crossed that Amazon will be removing the restriction on the outgoing calls, so that we can use it in other countries. The current restriction would also prevent US users from calling overseas numbers. Once that restriction has been removed, and I'm able to make both incoming and outgoing calls, this product would be a no-brainer buy for me at the cheap price of 35 usd.