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No, but there are battery bases available for Echo 2nd generation that start at about $50. (Search for "Echo battery base" on Amazon, and verify that it mentions compatibility with the 2nd generation model).

Another alternative is the Amazon Tap (note the lack of "Echo" in the product name). That support most Alexa… see more
No, but there are battery bases available for Echo 2nd generation that start at about $50. (Search for "Echo battery base" on Amazon, and verify that it mentions compatibility with the 2nd generation model).

Another alternative is the Amazon Tap (note the lack of "Echo" in the product name). That support most Alexa features, but not all of them. For example, Alexa Calling & Messaging and Multi-Room Music are apparently not supported on the Tap. see less
No, but there are battery bases available for Echo 2nd generation that start at about $50. (Search for "Echo battery base" on Amazon, and verify that it mentions compatibility with the 2nd generation model).

Another alternative is the Amazon Tap (note the lack of "Echo" in the product name). That support most Alexa features, but not all of them. For example, Alexa Calling & Messaging and Multi-Room Music are apparently not supported on the Tap.

Lonnie M.
· June 25, 2018
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Alexa does make phone calls and drop ins ( intercom). You have to go to your Alexa app on your smart phone to activate it. Once activated, it is not going through your phone, Alexa itself is making the phone. My brother and I just set it up the other day to test it out. You can call any phone that is on your google acc… see more Alexa does make phone calls and drop ins ( intercom). You have to go to your Alexa app on your smart phone to activate it. Once activated, it is not going through your phone, Alexa itself is making the phone. My brother and I just set it up the other day to test it out. You can call any phone that is on your google account. Google has all your phone numbers that you have on your phone. You have to ask it to call the name exactly as you have it listed on your phone. see less Alexa does make phone calls and drop ins ( intercom). You have to go to your Alexa app on your smart phone to activate it. Once activated, it is not going through your phone, Alexa itself is making the phone. My brother and I just set it up the other day to test it out. You can call any phone that is on your google account. Google has all your phone numbers that you have on your phone. You have to ask it to call the name exactly as you have it listed on your phone.
J. Carol Seeley
· December 16, 2017
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New to all this, please help.

Which would be considered a better choice, for someone who is rather inquisitive in general. Yet, has music playing pretty much 24/7, wishing to break away from the wireless earbuds and phone within range while working on any project. ? … see more
New to all this, please help.

Which would be considered a better choice, for someone who is rather inquisitive in general. Yet, has music playing pretty much 24/7, wishing to break away from the wireless earbuds and phone within range while working on any project. ?

Which models can be synced/adding another over time? One in the basement, one in the kitchen, another in the bedroom?

Can you synce the different models together, playing throughout the house ?

1. Echo
2. Echo Dot , 2nd
3. 3rd Generation
4. What ever other models

Thanks,
SStrunk see less
New to all this, please help.

Which would be considered a better choice, for someone who is rather inquisitive in general. Yet, has music playing pretty much 24/7, wishing to break away from the wireless earbuds and phone within range while working on any project. ?

Which models can be synced/adding another over time? One in the basement, one in the kitchen, another in the bedroom?

Can you synce the different models together, playing throughout the house ?

1. Echo
2. Echo Dot , 2nd
3. 3rd Generation
4. What ever other models

Thanks,
SStrunk

SStrunk
· December 15, 2018
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If your smart sprinkler controller is Alexa-compatible, yes.
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You can only play iTunes using bluetooth and you loose the ability to use voice commands. You cannot say Alexa play "NameOfThePlayList". You have to manually select the playlist first and once selected you can ask Alexa to forward or skip the track. As of December 19th 2017 you cannot import your own music in Alexa app… see more You can only play iTunes using bluetooth and you loose the ability to use voice commands. You cannot say Alexa play "NameOfThePlayList". You have to manually select the playlist first and once selected you can ask Alexa to forward or skip the track. As of December 19th 2017 you cannot import your own music in Alexa app. I you use your own music or listen to music that is not available on streaming services then you are out of luck. I have lot of regional music that is not available on any streaming service and Alexa is useless in that case. see less You can only play iTunes using bluetooth and you loose the ability to use voice commands. You cannot say Alexa play "NameOfThePlayList". You have to manually select the playlist first and once selected you can ask Alexa to forward or skip the track. As of December 19th 2017 you cannot import your own music in Alexa app. I you use your own music or listen to music that is not available on streaming services then you are out of luck. I have lot of regional music that is not available on any streaming service and Alexa is useless in that case.
ASR
· February 14, 2018
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Yes and no.

The echo does not require a paid subscription to work as a Bluetooth speaker. … see more
Yes and no.

The echo does not require a paid subscription to work as a Bluetooth speaker.

You will , however, need to pay various subscription fees in order to use echo for things such as XM, Amazon Prime Music or Music only plan , Spotify, etc.

This answer from another site may be able to answer it a little better:
"There is no subscription cost to use echo, but if you are an Amazon Prime member ($99.00 a year) you will get a lot more out of it. Prime members get free music. You need a free echo app for your PC, Tablet, or smartphone. Non prime members can send their music to the Amazon cloud and have echo play it." see less
Yes and no.

The echo does not require a paid subscription to work as a Bluetooth speaker.

You will , however, need to pay various subscription fees in order to use echo for things such as XM, Amazon Prime Music or Music only plan , Spotify, etc.

This answer from another site may be able to answer it a little better:
"There is no subscription cost to use echo, but if you are an Amazon Prime member ($99.00 a year) you will get a lot more out of it. Prime members get free music. You need a free echo app for your PC, Tablet, or smartphone. Non prime members can send their music to the Amazon cloud and have echo play it."

Kyle
· May 18, 2018
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No it does not require regular use of a Smartphone. You do need either a Smartphone, Tablet or a web browser to initially set up your Echo Device. But once it is set up then you interactions with the device is with your voice. On occasion you may have a need to access the settings on the Alexa App, but like I said if y… see more No it does not require regular use of a Smartphone. You do need either a Smartphone, Tablet or a web browser to initially set up your Echo Device. But once it is set up then you interactions with the device is with your voice. On occasion you may have a need to access the settings on the Alexa App, but like I said if you use a web browser you have access to most of those same settings. One big important point though. If you want to use the Calling features available on an Echo then YES you MUST have Smartphone. Otherwise you do not. see less No it does not require regular use of a Smartphone. You do need either a Smartphone, Tablet or a web browser to initially set up your Echo Device. But once it is set up then you interactions with the device is with your voice. On occasion you may have a need to access the settings on the Alexa App, but like I said if you use a web browser you have access to most of those same settings. One big important point though. If you want to use the Calling features available on an Echo then YES you MUST have Smartphone. Otherwise you do not.
NikkiRoxi1
· May 17, 2018
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One edit to what I wrote. If you have two devices in the same room only one device will respond to your request. ThatAmazon created something called ESP. Which means only one device will carry out your request even if more than one heard you speak. This is different than the Multi Room Music Groups. Once you ask it to … see more One edit to what I wrote. If you have two devices in the same room only one device will respond to your request. ThatAmazon created something called ESP. Which means only one device will carry out your request even if more than one heard you speak. This is different than the Multi Room Music Groups. Once you ask it to play a song or playlist or station via a music group it will play that music across all devices you have in that group at the same time. see less One edit to what I wrote. If you have two devices in the same room only one device will respond to your request. ThatAmazon created something called ESP. Which means only one device will carry out your request even if more than one heard you speak. This is different than the Multi Room Music Groups. Once you ask it to play a song or playlist or station via a music group it will play that music across all devices you have in that group at the same time.
NikkiRoxi1
· May 17, 2018
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Yes it will. Except that it will play Prime music on only one at a time. Pandora and iHeartRadio will play on multiple Echo devices.
Jim
· January 14, 2018
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No, the listening circuit is on the Echo device. When the device detects the wake work "Alexa" it begins streaming your command to the Alexa Voice Service on the Amazon Cloud (web). It records your commands and Alexa's response and saves them on your Amazon account. This helps Alexa "learn" your speech characteristics… see more No, the listening circuit is on the Echo device. When the device detects the wake work "Alexa" it begins streaming your command to the Alexa Voice Service on the Amazon Cloud (web). It records your commands and Alexa's response and saves them on your Amazon account. This helps Alexa "learn" your speech characteristics. You can see (and play and delete) these recordings in the Alexa app. Not to worry. :) see less No, the listening circuit is on the Echo device. When the device detects the wake work "Alexa" it begins streaming your command to the Alexa Voice Service on the Amazon Cloud (web). It records your commands and Alexa's response and saves them on your Amazon account. This helps Alexa "learn" your speech characteristics. You can see (and play and delete) these recordings in the Alexa app. Not to worry. :)
Jim
· November 9, 2017