AT&T has cure for 'texting thumb'

Hands aren't free because you're folding the laundry? AT&T will let you dictate text messages through Amazon's Alexa assistant.

(Roberto Machado Noa/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Roberto Machado Noa, LightRocket via Getty Images

Here's a cure for "texting thumb:" Use your lips.

Starting Friday, AT&T is letting its mobile subscribers dictate and send text messages over devices powered by Amazon's Alexa assistant. Those include the Echo and the Echo Dot.

The service, known as a "Skill," allows customers of the mobile phone network to store up to 10 contacts in the app's memory. To send a message, say, "Alexa, send text to" one of the stored names and dictate.

Amazon's Alexa, if you haven't guessed it already, is a voice-activated assistant that can be used to play music, get weather info and control a smart home. You can even get recipes through the AI assistant.

If you don't have an Alexa device, AT&T is happy to help you out there too. It's selling the Amazon Echo for $179 and the Echo Dot for $49 at its retail stores.