1. RickInHouston's Avatar
    Looks like you need an android 5.0 or greater phone to connect and use the calling features of an echo Show.

    I bought one for my Mom who isn't savy, at all. I thought just saying, "Alexa, call my son." Would be great. Come to find out you need to receive a text on the phone number you will use to set up the device for her.

    What is the simplest android phone she can use? She has a really old flip phone, now. Could I get her a Google Voice number (maybe that's not what it is called, I can't remember the term) to use for her current mobile phone number?

    Help.
    06-18-2018 10:00 AM
  2. Rukbat's Avatar
    Call her carrier and ask if they can port from Google Voice. (I know GV can't [or won't] port from landlines, I don't know if they allow port-outs, I've never tried.) But I don't see how that would help, except that she could use Hangouts on a computer to call you from a GV number. If you port it to a cellphone, it's just a phone number being used by a cellphone.

    As for a cheap phone, you can probably find an older gently used one on Letgo, or even go with a cheaper Straight Talk or Walmart phone from Walmart.

    But you can tell Google Assistant to make calls, you don't need a phone and an Echo Show. (This is coming from a 76 year old "senior", if you insist - I still feel like a 16 year old with a little arthritis. We "old people" can still learn things.)
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    06-18-2018 01:19 PM
  3. Norg's Avatar
    Call her carrier and ask if they can port from Google Voice. (I know GV can't [or won't] port from landlines, I don't know if they allow port-outs, I've never tried.) But I don't see how that would help, except that she could use Hangouts on a computer to call you from a GV number. If you port it to a cellphone, it's just a phone number being used by a cellphone.

    As for a cheap phone, you can probably find an older gently used one on Letgo, or even go with a cheaper Straight Talk or Walmart phone from Walmart.

    But you can tell Google Assistant to make calls, you don't need a phone and an Echo Show. (This is coming from a 76 year old "senior", if you insist - I still feel like a 16 year old with a little arthritis. We "old people" can still learn things.)
    Completely agree Rukbat, there's always another solution! BTW good advice given 👍
    06-25-2018 11:45 AM
  4. 4Daluvofnikki's Avatar
    You can use a Google Voice number to set up the Echo.
    07-27-2018 09:02 AM
  5. 4Daluvofnikki's Avatar
    You can use the Google Voice Number to set it up. I’ve has d a GV number for years now. It has a voicemail section so I assume it can receive the text code you’ll need to set it up. Besides I read on the Amazon Product page a person said he used his GV number to setup his Echo.
    07-27-2018 09:04 AM

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