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Alexa & Echo: Are Calls and Messages Free?

Screenshot of Alexa app, on the Communicate tab, showing Call, Message, Drop In and Announce features.

The “Communicate” tab on the Alexa app shows various options, including ‘Call’ and ‘Message’. This allows you to contact your Echo devices, but also people in your contact list. So are these calls and messages free, or do they cost money? The communication options within Alexa and Echo (including calls and messaging) are completely free, … Read more

Is Ring Alarm’s “Professional Monitoring” Worth It?

SpaceX staff working in their control centre during a launch, with lots of computer monitors at each desk each

Ring offer “Professional Monitoring” for their alarm system via the Ring Protect Plus plan, costing $20 per month (double the previous $10/month cost). This is a lot cheaper than ADT’s $37-$53/month fees, but does Ring’s own offerings compromise some key features? Or is it a genuinely good service, at a genuinely good price? Ring alarm’s … Read more