ELI5; How is Alexa able to make calls without you paying for a phone provider? When your phone is off it or on airplane mode it can call anybody for free, even your own phone.

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ELI5; How is Alexa able to make calls without you paying for a phone provider? When your phone is off it or on airplane mode it can call anybody for free, even your own phone.

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Alexa isn’t making phone calls.

Alexa includes a voice-over-IP capability that allows it (her?) to send packets across the Internet which mimic telephone call functionality. There is no interaction with your phone company, it’s allyour ISP that’s handling the “call”.