So, you’ve been thinking about getting an Amazon Alexa. You may well be wondering whether you need to pay any sort of monthly costs for this…and if so what?
In this article, we will be exploring whether you need to pay a monthly fee for Amazon Alexa, as well as how much it costs and the price of any related subscriptions.
Whether you have just been thinking about getting an Amazon Alexa, or if you have just received one and you want to know about any monthly costs, this is the article for you.
Does Amazon Alexa require a monthly fee?
No, we are pleased to be able to inform you that there is no monthly fee required to use your Amazon Alexa. Your Amazon Alexa can be used without it needing any sort of extra subscription or monthly fee package.
You can still use it with Bluetooth settings and anything that does not require an internet connection. As such, it can be used to stream music from your cellphone or other computing device and play it out loud.
However, it is worth bearing in mind that to get the most out of your Amazon Alexa, it is recommended that you connect it to WiFi…otherwise you just have a very overpriced Bluetooth speaker.
With this in mind, you could, in theory, make the point that to get the full experience out of your Amazon Alexa, you will need to pay for Wi-Fi. of course, Wi-Fi typically requires monthly payments.
As well as this, you may also require monthly fees to be paid for some elements of Amazon Alexa such as Amazon music subscriptions, and other Amazon pay per month benefits. For example, it is highly recommended by Amazon that you invest in a subscription to Amazon Prime.
This not only allows you deals on items and free next day delivery for life but also gives you benefits such as Amazon Music and some movies, too. You can then pay extra on top of these for access to premium movies.
Of course, this is a personal choice and these subscriptions are not vital monthly fees that need to be paid, but they will certainly enhance your experience of using your Amazon Alexa device.
How much does Amazon Alexa cost?
Whilst there is no monthly fee to use your Alexa device, you do need to invest in the Amazon Alexa device itself before you can use it….we hope this was obvious and you don’t just think you could have it for free!
The cost of an Amazon Alexa device varies depending on the model you get. Of course, any device you buy needs to be compatible with Amazon Alexa, and so it should be an Amazon Device.
Countless different types of Amazon devices can work with Alexa, many of which have countless color and generation options. Some of the most popular devices include the Amazon Echo Dot and the Amazon Echo Show
The Amazon Echo Dot 3rd generation is one of the cheapest Amazon Alexa devices. It currently retails at $34.99 but can fluctuate in price. It is often on offer though, and if you decide you want one you should keep checking over several days to see if the price lowers.
The Amazon Echo Show is a little pricier, but this is because it also has a visual display that can play videos and show you images and live videos from your doorbell camera and other at home cameras such as baby monitors.
The Echo Show 5 (2019 edition) is currently the bestselling Echo Show device and currently retails at $79.99. Again, you should be aware of any offers and sales by checking regularly over a few days.
Of course, there are far more devices than this, but to list them all would mean us (and you) being here all day to tell you about them. Suffice to say you are spoiled for choice, but these two we have mentioned are two of the most popular device models.
Both of these are compatible with Amazon Alexa as well as the other Amazon Smart Home gadgets. As we mentioned in the previous section, there is no monthly fee or subscription required to use these Amazon Alexa devices.
As such, all you need to do is buy your chosen device upfront. That being said, as we mentioned before, it will be more worthwhile to ensure your device is connected to the internet as well as having an Amazon Prime subscription.
This means you will get the most out of your new device.
With this in mind, if you do want an Amazon Alexa device and you want to get full use out of it, it is well worth ensuring you have a good WiFi connection and investing in Amazon Prime.