Is there no way to get an Echo or Echo Dot to look up and recite a contact's phone number for an elderly relative who might have trouble remembering it? Or is there no way to get Alexa to look up a contact in the White Pages of the phone directory? This seems like something basic that by now, should be available ... no? I mean, Alexa has to be able to look up a contact in order to dial it or drop in on it already.
Has anyone addressed this requirement? And why hasn't Amazon?
I have wondered if/when Amazon will do this better. My understanding from when I first acquired ALEXA (4 years) was that it could call people on my contact list. However, I need to give my list to google, as well as my calendar. I don't do that because Google is so famous for selling all of our info. Yet, ALEXA can find my phone, can send things to my phone. Why can't ALEXA, etc use my phone directory in my phone w/o going through Google? Considering Google and Amazon are becoming competitors ala Apple, isn't it time for the devices to work better for us individually? I agree that for elderly people, this could be a life saver.
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Thanks to all who responded. Yes, perhaps Echo Connect can do this on a landline ... but I thought someone told me that if you do this, you lose the ability to make non-echo-connect outgoing calls via cells/VOIP. And of course, it requires purchase of another device. Many thanks.