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Amazon Unveils $35 Gadget for Hands-Free Landline Phone Calls

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Amazon Takes on Apple and Google With Home Devices Push

Amazon.com Inc. is looking to an aging technology to continue its push to digitize and connect the home: the landline phone.

At an event in Seattle Wednesday, Amazon unveiled a $35 device that plugs into existing home landline phone jacks. The other end connects to Echo speakers so people can use their voice to ask to make calls and chat hands-free. The system can make and receive calls as well as make calls to emergency phone numbers, Amazon said.