Telstra believes it's the first mobile carrier in the world to allow voice-activated calling through its network after it announced it was partnering up with Google. The feature allows users to make calls using their voice through the Google Home, Mini or Nest speakers and displays.
If you have a smart assistant in your home, you'll know it's a handy tool. Rather than finding your phone, unlocking the screen and opening up an app or two to find the information you need, a smart home device can answer most queries in the space of a few seconds. Google's Next Big Thing, the Nest Hub Max, is the granddaddy of smart assistants.
With the feature, up to six Telstra mobile services can be linked to a single Google Nest or Home device and you'll have to sync your mobile contacts to a Google account. But while Telstra says the calls are at no additional cost for existing Telstra customers, regular call charges will still apply depending on your phone plan and prepaid credit deal.
It means now you can order a pizza or call your parents while you're cooking all without unlocking your device. It's the best and the worst enabler. What the feature can't do yet is answer inbound calls.
To help operate your home life at peak lazy, you'll need to do the following:
- Download the Google Home app on your smartphone.
- Go to the Telstra mobile calling section and tap Telstra to begin linking.
- Enter your mobile number and secure PIN code received by SMS then accept the T&Cs.
- Sync your mobile contact list with your Google account.
The Google Home actually already had a feature to call people's phones using a WiFi network but the feature was unavailable to Australians.
The service is coming soon to the the Nest Hub Max but is available now on Mini, Home, Home Max and Hub devices.