Amazon Echo

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Looks like we might be getting one of these for Christmas. Wondering if Alexa is a data hog or something you can use with metered date aka Exede? Searched this forum but can't find any info on the Echo.  The Echo is getting pretty popular and I'm sure some Exede customers will be inquiring about its use. Thanks and Merry Christmas to all.....
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I wouldn't think it uses much more than web browsing because it's not constantly streaming or anything it's basically like a personal assistant so I believe it largely retrieves searches
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Reddit to the rescue!
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Well crapola, after reading the Reddit comments don't think I'll be getting one. I only have a 10 gig plan and don't think that will cut it. Oh well, can't use my smart TV either......
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Neat device.  Can't help with the data use, because luckily I don't have to worry about that much with my home cell Internet.  They had the Echo Dot for $40, plus you got a $10 gift card, so I've had it about a week (got the HD 8 Fire for $60 as well).  The Dot is a good value, basically lacks the better speaker of the "big" model.  But you can connect an external speaker (anything, like a soundbar if you have one).  So I'd pick it over the bigger one anyway.  It sounds very good for its size.  Very handy to poke my head in during chores when I think of stuff I need, no taking off my boots or washing gunk off my hands, I can just speak stuff I want on my shopping list.  Alexa is also built into their tablets, and there's also a portable bluetooth speaker with it as well (think that was like $80 today?).  They do sell a lot of them, I see bundle deals, like buy 10 get 2 free, etc.
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Had a thought, don't know if the tablets use as much data as the dedicated devices, other than for system updates.  I don't think it's listening all the time, you have to press and hold the home button to turn Alexa on (so, not as handy, but it does everything the dedicated device does).  The tablets are a bit ~crippled compared to regular Android tablets, very Amazon-centric, of course, interface is kind of annoying, camera is pretty much useless quality (I have a good camera anyway).  But you can easily install the Google Play Store for more apps.  Only major thing is you have to turn off "on deck downloads" which is on by default.
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I think the big takeaway is it really depends on what you use it for