With Alexa’s hands-free controls, voice commands can trigger actions such as playing music, getting the news, checking the traffic, purchasing items from Amazon, talking to Santa, and much more.
On top of the built-in functionality, Alexa’s skills give you add-on tools that let you interact with third-party devices and services. For example, you can use Alexa to request an Uber ride or check your Fitbit stats. Alexa skills can also be a source of entertainment such as asking the NASA Mars skill for updates from the Curiosity Rover, or turning your device into an electronic pet by using the Meow! or Woof! Alexa skill.
One of the most valuable ways you can use Alexa is to control the smart home devices that you use regularly. With Ooma and Alexa integration, you can use voice commands for your Ooma Telo residential VoIP phone service and to interact with your Ooma smart home security system.
Here are the top six ways you can use Alexa commands to control your Ooma products.
Call a Phone Number
“Alexa, ask Ooma to call 650-555-1234”
You can make hands-free phone calls using Alexa, and two setup options exist depending on the hardware you have.
If you have the Echo Connect, making hands-free phone calls is as simple as plugging the device into your Ooma Telo. After doing the in-app setup, you’ll be able to initiate phone calls with voice commands, and have hands-free phone conversations via the device’s speaker.
If you don’t have an Echo Connect, you can still make a hands-free phone call by using the Ooma Skill for Alexa. When dialing this way, you’d speak the command into the Amazon Echo. Then, the device will ring both your Amazon Echo-linked phone and the phone of the person you’re calling. Simply answer your ringing phone and wait for the person you’re calling to pick up.
You can even use the Ooma skill to place hands-free phone calls if you don’t have an Ooma Telo. However, complimentary access is limited to 300 minutes per month up to a lifetime maximum of 1,500 minutes. Additionally, placing international calls and listening to voicemail will require an Ooma Telo.
Call a Contact by Name
“Alexa, ask Ooma to call Tom”
Hands-free dialing isn’t limited to speaking the digits of a phone number. Making a call can be as easy as saying a name.
When using either the Echo Connect or the Ooma skill, Alexa voice commands can trigger a call by using a name in your contact list. For example, “call Mom,” “call Jerry,” or “call plumber,” are examples of voice-activated calls you can make.
To build your Ooma contact list, you have the option to import them, add them individually, and edit a contact list to be more Alexa-friendly.
“Alexa, ask Ooma to check my messages”
With the Ooma Skill, you can check your voicemail with a simple voice command. This check voicemail command was one of the first integrations between Alexa and Ooma that we implemented.
Playing your messages via the Alexa command will automatically mark them as “heard.” To listen to your messages again or manage the settings, visit the Voicemail tab within the My Ooma portal.
Check Home Security Sensors
“Alexa, ask Ooma to check status”
With the Ooma Alexa skill, requesting a security system status check will return the statement “All sensors are normal.” Alternatively, it’ll tell you which sensor has been triggered.
This voice command provides an easy way to ensure that all your home’s windows and doors are closed before leaving the house. It’ll also help you quickly identify which access points need to be secured.
Disarm/Arm Security Alarm
Disarm/Turnoff Security System
“Alexa, ask Ooma to disarm with PIN 1-2-3-4”
With hands-free security deactivation, voice commands can disarm the piercing 105-decibel Ooma siren and stop the system from sending activity notifications. Thus, if your hands are full as you’re coming in the door, Ooma-Alexa integration gives you an easy way to manage your home security.
Subscribers to the Ooma Home Secure plan already have access to a type of hands-free functionality with location-based mode switching. The Alexa voice commands further extend hands-free access to other situations. For example, share the alarm’s PIN code with family or close friends. You can also share the alarm code with repair crews, and then easily change it after their visit, preserving your home’s security.
Arm/Activate Security System
“Alexa, ask Ooma to arm with PIN 1-2-3-4”
Activating your home security system is as easy as saying a few words. Just as you can disarm your security system with a voice command, Ooma-Alexa integration gives you a hands-free way to arm your system as you’re on the way out the door.
By asking Alexa to arm Ooma your security system, your entire network of home security sensors will be activated. This could include door/window sensors, motion sensors, the Ooma Smart Cam, garage door sensors, a 105 decibel siren, and water sensor.
Hands-free alarm activation makes it easy to keep your home safe.
“Alexa, ask Ooma to call 911”
Using Ooma to call 911 gives you access to our advanced emergency service tools. This applies to hands-free 911 calls using Alexa, calls made from the Ooma home phone app, or calls made with your Ooma Telo connected device.
Ooma’s 911 service has two key advantages. First, 911 calls are automatically routed to the dispatch department that’s local to your home address instead of to a national call center, as can happen with calls made through your mobile phone’s calling feature.
Second, Ooma automatically transmits your home address to the dispatcher, which helps him or her verify information, respond quicker, and provide a location during a situation when the person is unable to communicate an address. For example, if a relative with memory loss forgets his or her address or a young child can’t remember a street name.
Being able to access Ooma’s 911 service using Alexa’s hands-free commands provides you with an unprecedented level of home security.
Find out more about how Ooma can help you stay connected, even when your hands are full.