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ADT is one of the most well-known home security companies in the United States. They work with a variety of independent service providers that install and service ADT solutions across the US. In terms of getting the job done, ADT is one of the most trusted solutions and has the largest customer base of any home security company in the US. That said, over the years, newcomers have challenged ADT with upgraded equipment, more smart home features, and competitive pricing. ADT is still the biggest, but innovation is sure to challenge.
Frontpoint is one of the highest rated home security companies on the market today. Frontpoint is known for streamlining set-up by relying on the customer to install their own equipment -- using extremely easy to use instructions. This saves money and keeps pesky installers out of your house. Additionally, they have some of the best and most reliable home monitoring services. For a price that competitive in the industry and integrates the newest technologies, it is pretty clear why Frontpoint is such a beloved company by its customers.
We recently purchased our first home, and decided to go with ADT for security. Our technician, Donald K, did an excellent job installing our system, explaining everything, and ensuring we had the best system for our home. I felt as though he genuinely suggested the best options for us, based on what he would do if it were his own home. And to cap it off, he was super friendly.
Ask for Donald K!!!
***Other commenters mentioned a 3 yr contract, this is FALSE as the state of CA mandates that contracts max out at 2 yrs. The misconception is due to ADT's standard forms since the other 49 states don't have this state-imposed limitation, so the form states 3yrs. Donald crossed out the 3yrs on our form and had us initial by it. No big deal.
I would like to start by saying LUAY H. initial contact, follow-up, and customer services were impeccable. I was so impressed with the professional, quick, and easy set up that happened in my home on the follow-up visit. He was skilled, and neat in installing the cameras, ring doorbell, and updating my alarm system. Luay made me feel so comfortable with updating my system and adding the ring doorbell. The hard part should have been teaching me how to use the updated equipment, and he was so patient with helping me add the apps to my cell phone and how to work the additional equipment, which is no easy feat! I can only say that Luay who works for ADT made me feel safe, comfortable, educated, and confident with how to work my system. I recommend and hope other customers can get the same experience that I had with him because he made me a believer in ADT. Last but not least, I cannot stress how important customer services is to me and how imperative this job was to my family; to get my ADT system updated and working. I was on the edge with going with another company and because he was so REINSURING, HUMBLE, AND EXPLAIN how the different parts of ADT work he kept me wanting to continue being an ADT customer. Thank You LUAY... #yougotthejobdone!
I called ADT over a technical issue and was not in a very good mood. A very nice lady whose name was Sherry helped me and she was so kind even through my grumpiness. I wish all employees could be as nice as her and as patient. I would like to thank her, Sherry, for putting up with me and I apologize for venting my frustrations on her. After I hung up I realized how hard it is to be in customer service and to be able to maintain grace and dignity. Sherry was an excellent customer service employee and provided exemplary technical support.
They do good work. If you hate ADT it's because you purchased from an authorized dealer. Do not do that. Buy directly from a corporate representative. You pay a little more but the quality is so much greater.
Wow best customer service and user friendly security system ever! Thank you so much Luis Fajardo for going above and beyond, and giving me peace of mind! Thanks to you I will be referring friends and family to ADT. Thank you again your outstanding customer service and hard work....it does not go unnoticed!
Francisco did a great job. We have had ADT install systems in multiple homes and this was the most complete and professional install yet. Highly recommended
Okay, so, I just purchased my first home, and wanted an alarm to make myself and my wife feel safer. I was on my Bank of America credit card online account, and noticed that had a cash back deal for ADT, so I thought, great! Of course, it wasn't through ADT directly, it was through Protect Your Home, which is an authorized ADT retailer. I called the 1800 number and set up the appointment and was charged the $100 installation fee immediately (it's ok, I'm getting $100 cash back through BofA anyway). During the phone call, they upgrade my package to include 2 keypads, 2 keychains, and $700 in extras. I thought great! Fast forward to the day of the install, the guy showed up early (which was great, except we were having Fios and a new water heater installed at the same time, so him being early made it even more crazy!) Off the bat, I had kind of a negative reaction to him, because I told him Fios was here and they are installing a phone line for you to connect to. His response was, oh, we don't need that, everything is done wirelessly now! My first thought was great, but I'm also not an idiot. So, I said to him, great, as long as its the $27.99 that we agreed to. He told me it wasn't but we can talk about that, which I then replied that as long as its $27.99 that we agreed to, then we can talk. At that point, he drills a hole where the main keypad would go, took him a while (not his fault), and then installed the keypad. We then went over all of the windows and doors, and everything fancy thing they sell. They then quote you an absurd price if you install every gadget they sell, it came out to almost $6K! Of course, no one buys every gadget, so he then takes some of it out, and quotes me around $2500 for the installation. At this point, I was really upset, because I'm not paying that kind of money, that's absurd. So, little by little, you can reduce the pricing by getting the regular window/door senors instead of the better ones, get one keychain instead of 2, one motion sensor, etc. After spending 20 minutes trying to get the price down, it got down to a more reasonable $250. Again, I'm not stupid, I know they upsell, I kind of expected it, but do it in a ethical way! They also try to upsell hard on the Pulse $52.99 package, but as long as you keep saying no, they have to give you the basic $27.99 package. So, after he installed everything and tested it, he had me sign the contracts, sign here, initial here, etc. Everything was fine, except the next day, I was charged another $96 on top of the $250 charge that was for the additional sensors/keypads/etc, which I did not authorize! It turns out, in the contract (which they do not tell you), you are agreeing to pay a prorated amount of your current month + next month's amount, but not for the monthly rate you agreed to, but for the $52.99+tax, regardless of the monthly price you signed up for. It is actually written into the contract, and they conveniently skip over it. At this point, I've had enough and contact ADT customer service directly. They have been great, they refunded me the overcharge amount, and have guaranteed I will be billed $27.99 per month starting next month. So far, I am happy with ADT, but buyer beware, if you use protectyourhome, this is what will happen! This is how they make their money, they don't do it ethically, they overcharge and upsell and hope you don't notice. But if that happens to you, contact ADT directly, they will fix whatever you were overcharged.
This company is a scam. Plane and simple. ADT actually canceled my service because when ATT canceled its 2G network they could no longer get cellular service in my area. Now "Protect Your Home" attempting to extort $569 from me. Collection calls twice a day and hangs up when I answer. They only leave messages when I don't answer.
I've been shopping around for a Security system. These people call me Saturday morning, she asks my address and asks me to verify the last 4 of my SSN. I was like why do you need my SSN I just want to get information on packages and know what prices will be monthly. She said that they are offering $800 in free equipment and to go any farther they need the last 4 of my ssn to see what packages I'll qualify for. So I give it to her. Next thing out of her mouth is install dates. I say I'm not trying to install I wanna know what you offer and what the price is. She says again they give $800 free equipment. Mind you that include siren door sensors. So nothing extra literally make you get everything separate. So again i say that's not what I'm interested in. I want a quote for standard security 2 doors with a door keypad and a camera. She puts me on hold and her manager gets on the phone. He was SOOOOOOOO RUDE! mind you this whole time I'm just trying to get information. I ask him about the camera and he says yea we have everything if you dream it adt can do it. Then I say AGAIN I'm just looking for quotes. He tells me they don't do quotes I have to have an install and the tech goes over prices and packages! Wtf I'm not signing up for nothing without information. This guy wouldn't even tell me how much a camera was, or the service fee. SCAM! So then I say well I'll have to think about it I'm not trying to sign up for something I can't even get information on. Then he says well we already ran your credit.. WHAT THE ! Today (Sunday) credit karma alerts me of a hard credit check. These people are THE WORST!!! Beware go somewhere else do not even answer the phone. I'll be calling headquarters! When I say this guy was rude I mean it! He made me feel so dumb. I used to work customer service so it takes a lot for someone to make me feel stupid this guy was awful. Before he hung up on me he says you'll have to pay for all your equipment then. WTF!? Who are these people. STAY AWAY
Saw an offer through my bank (PNC) that would reimburse you for installation fee so thought to myself, "Why not!" When I initially spoke to the ADT rep, I told her my specific reason for an alarm was to have alarms on my door to notify me when open since I have little ones and an in ground pool in the backyard. She said, "Not a problem" and even threw in an extra door sensor to the "free" package. Fast forward to day of the technician coming out. We went over what I was getting (the basic package) and why I was getting it...door sensors for kiddos. He went around and installed the keypad, sensors, smoke detector, etc. He then spent the next THREE hours showing me every piece of equipment he had, why it was important I focus on security vs. just the door notifications, and tried to get me to sign an agreement over $10,000 for all the bells and whistles. Whenever I tried to stop him, he told me he was going to go over it anyways. He even had the balls to tell me that he "cared more about my family than I did" since I wasn't focused on security. WTF?! The next day, I noticed an $82 charge on my card that was explained to me was going to be the prorated for this month and next month's services. The contract amount was for $27.99/month so obviously $82 is way above contracted price + prorated amount. Needless to say, I called the company and CANCELLED everything and had them remove their sh*t from my house. I even forewarned them that the technician coming out better not try to waste my time convincing me otherwise. Of course, that in itself was a fiasco. Tech showed up 2 hours early when no one was home. I had to call the company and have them sent back at the appropriate time. They left my outlet covers off, drywall everywhere, and just ripped wires out of the wall. I would rather buy a SimpliSafe system with no monthly service fee than use ADT. It comes out way cheaper in the long run.
Please whatever you do, don't use this company or their services. Thankfully I had read the other peoples' comments on yelp before I committed to these folks. The reviews are really accurate, what other folks detailed below is exactly what happened to me. They promise to throw in a free this and a free that and charge you $90 or a $100 or something like that just to even make an appointment to come to your home. Then it's SO hard to get that money back, even when you cancel that appointment and go with a different more reliable company. I've used ADT previously, so it's not ADT that's a problem, it's just this "Protect Your Home" folks that are a problem. The manager actually yelled at me over the phone because I was trying to cancel the house visit appointment!
THIS COMPANY IS ATTEMPTING TO SCAM ME. I have never signed up for their services. They are attempting to collect money from me, including calls up to twice a day from multiple numbers. Please avoid this company at all costs!!!!
If I could I would give it a lower star. everything said in previous comments related to scam is true. I wish I had looked at Yelp comments before buying the package with Protect Your Home to get ADT system. Promises of free installation and $100 gift cards did not happen. At installation I was given an estimate of over 5K for equipment (off course they tell you this after installing the monitor on the wall). When rejected they brought it to over $150. so disappointed.
If there are any negative star, I would happy to do so. It is a big scam. They will put holes in your house and then ask for get more stuff for paying a high amount. If you don't take those stuff then they need to take system out and it will leave patches in your house. The other thing is it is not 27.99 per month. You will end up paying 52.99 per month with them.
I strongly urge to avoid this company.
Garbage service. NEVER use them.
They do nothing, charge a premium for service and are slow to call you back about any issues ... yet quick to install and leave you with a trashy system.
Do not use this company. There was to be no installation fee. It was suppose to $27.99 month.I had charges placed on my credit card without my knowledge. I was suppose to get a $100 gift card. Did not happen. I don't know how they get positive feed back, because there is nothing positive about this company. I can't stress it enough do not use this company or you will be burned.
I did not sign up with them as they force you to pay $99-first to schedule the first appointment. I asked if it's refundable and if so, where can I see that refund policy in writing. They said they don't have it. That was the deal breaker for me. I understand the people on the phone don't control that. Normally, I'd give 3 stars if that were it. But 2 things from the experience I had on the phone with them made this a 1 star review.
To be clear, Protect Your Home is a 3rd party company separate from ADT. They also send out 3rd party technicians - not ADT technicians. So your relationship and payments are handled with Protect Your Home. NOT ADT. This is a common business operation, but from reading other reviews this seems to be a big part of the problem.
My experience - The first person I spoke with was nice, but before answering my question on if there was a refund policy in writing on the $99-first appointment booking fee she sneakily ran my credit without being clear she was about to do that and without my permission.
After telling her that me not being able to see the refund policy in writing was a deal breaker, she put me on with a manager to try and help. He initially jumped on, was nice, asked me why I was calling in, and then offered me a better deal on the service. He never acknowledged my only, primary concern. So I told him what my concern was and I explained I had a "rip off" experience in a similar type of deal with another big company before. He continued replying only by basically just verbally promising that won't happen and that there was no way to get that refund policy in writing to me. Which I accept from him, no worries there. But he continued to try and "save the deal" even though it was dead for the reason I clearly explained to him. The call wrapped up by him continuing to try and speak over me. As well as spoke to me condescendingly towards the end. Which confirmed what other reviews said about how they are only focused on closing for the appointment regardless of the customer's concerns.
Things that they say to be aware of when they try to overcome your objections:
- "By saying how ADT is a huge, great company. And how THEY would never do that." But THEY (Protect Your Home) aren't ADT
- "We have been in business for a long time, we wouldn't be in business if we lied." This doesn't make sense as you can be in business and still lie - just look at Time Warner Cable. Also, for them it's stupid to say because of all the bad reviews they have on Yelp and other websites.
- "We will send you that language after we run your card." This doesn't make sense and is what the last rip off experience company I had said.
I'm going to try and work with ADT directly. I would recommend that for others too. Hope this helps.
For the short answer: DO NOT USE THIS COMPANY FOR YOUR SECURITY SYSTEM!
1. We were told it would be only 27.99 per month for service
2. Was only suppose to have a installer come out to see if previous alarm system in home was able to be "taken over"
3. Installer who came our said out previous system was being ran through a telephone line and not cellularly (we were under impression that previous system was cellular)
4. Installer said it would be 47.99 for cellular system
5. We told installer would have to think about it since we were told differently prior
6. installer became angered and irate and said "this is how i make my paycheck" and it would only take an hour
7. Finally we just went ahead and decided to get the system installed that day.
8. After a 3 HOUR installation the installer tells me its going to be 52.99 for the service with taxes (which doesn't add up in my area)
9. We were suppose to get $1,800 in free equipment, after installation the installer told me he had used up all the credit but could not explain how it added up to $1,800 with what he installed that was not able to be "taken over"
10. He went over the contracts and everything and said i had 3 days to cancel with no questions asked. Also 2 hours after leaving the system did not work and had to call to troubleshoot.
11. The next day I called to cancel the old security system, in the middle of canceling i asked the agent to double check what type of system we had through them and she said cellular.
12. At this point i realized the installed was a misleading liar who came into my house lied to my face and said we had a different system to get us to pay more per month.
13. That same day i called to defenders and told them to cancel the contract - the representative said i will get a call from their loyalty department to get everything taken care of.
14. The system continued to not work for the duration of the time we had it and i was told a technician would come out to troubleshoot but nobody ever did
15. on the 5th day after installation i finally got a call from loyalty department and the lady had the nerve to tell me she could not cancel since it was beyond 3 days when i had called in the day after install to cancel
16. After 2 WEEKS for talking to multiple departments and getting the run around, a person with common sense at this company decided to cancel the contract since i called day after but was not helped properly.
17. Its now been 3 weeks since cancelling and I still have not received my refund for installation. every time i call they say should be done in 3-5 business days
Well see how long this goes, but hopefully this draws attention and the people who have appointments for defenders to come do a installation this otherwise now. Really shocked that ADT partners with a company like this, we have since went back to out old security system through MONI
Worst company and service in my lifetime. They mislead you into a contract. Sell you unnessary equipment and do not account them correctly. Even if you return the equipment they do not document and do not pay you back. They do not provide you copy of your updated agreement. Would not give you any confirmation on the equipment they take back. Later on you are batteling between them and ADT. ADT another horrible company doesn't keep the contracts updated and ask you to follow up with them and they keep charging you unfairly. Please say no to these kind of business does. Horrible people and company.
It's not a surprise to see 1 star reviews here. I was researching ADT authorized dealers and I responded to one of their flyers and gave them a call. For a start, they only offer a handful of wireless sensors and the rest are wired. Even worse, before signing anything I was asked for credit card details prior to someone coming out for an appraisal. I did this and then 15 minutes changed my mind and went with American Home Alarms (5-star reviews). After calling to cancel and get a refund of the installation fee I was told it would take 15-30 days. Err, for no services rendered I have to stand out of my $100 so you can hold onto it? Unacceptable business practice. I then called my credit card company, filed a false charge, got a refund and then blocked them from ever charging anything again. Bye bye.
False advertising. You will never get the monthly rate promised, you will not get all equipment promised. Don't do it. The only saving grace is that you have 3 days to cancel which I am doing.
DO NOT USE THIS COMPANY!!!
When I decided to install an ADT system for a house I was selling (yes selling!) I hired this company unbeknownst to me that they were a 3rd party alarm install company. I clearly told them I was selling house (they saw sign out front) & I asked them if I can transfer contract over to new owner without getting charged penalties; early termination fees, etc. & they said YES (of course I didn't read their multi page terms & conditions lol). Fast forward a year later... house is sold, I successfully transferred ADT account & guess who calls me? A Protect Your Home rep barking I now owe $720 because I cancelled my contract!!
I called ADT & they said since I hired that company they have no control over what fees PYH charges.
People just install a DYI alarm system like SimpliSafe & call it a day... $15 a month & no contract!!!!!
this is the worst company I've ever had to deal with.. I canceled after the first day. This company is so unprofessional. Its been more then a month since they received back their equipment and they still won't refund me the money.
the said their employee forgot to tell them that he took the equipment back, they said they would fix it .. i called again today ( a week later) and they still haven't had fixed the issue with their employee. They owe me $400.00 and they want me to wait ANOTHER two weeks to see a refund...
this company wants to take your money and they want to con you....
please stay away from this horrible company and their awful customer service!
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Though I did not end up using their system due to that my existing alarm infrastructure is too old to be be compatible, I was still very happy with their service - from sales, customer service, to technical support and returning: no hassle, no pressure, and very professional and knowledgeable. To them, not retaining me as a customer seemed to be a loss but they should know what they've done had earned my trust and respect. They will definitely be my first choice for my next home security system when I would start afresh.View More Reviews
Recently purchased a security system for the home Didn't know where to start read a lot of reviews and decided on Frontpoint. I couldn't be happier. Customer Service was great they walked me through the entire set up process No need for someone coming out to run wire through out my home I was able to install everything myself with the easy to understand instructions and customer service was there to answer any questions I had about install and set up Another great feature is I can control everything from my IPhone with the downloaded app
First call to complete setup of our new home security system and perfect service. I was with another alarm company for over 20 years and service was far less than what I just received from FRONTPOINT.
No frills, best customer service ever. Very low number of false alarms and great technology behind the scenes. Have been with them for three years now and they dealt everything very courteously. Highly recommended.
This was my time buying a home security system so I had a lot to learn to be confident in a decision. Talked with all the major players, including full service install, do-it-yourself, monitored and unmonitored. Learned a lot, and bought Frontpoint. Their salespeople not once avoided one of my questions or redirected. They were straight forward and knowledgeable. Some of the initial programming required telephone support but that experience was great too. I'm confident I brought the right system and monitoring to secure my home.
All I can say is thank the team for the amazing and unique service commitment, making a confirmed believer out of me. From the initial sales experience with Amrit, to the logistics experience with Alex; thank you both for quality service! I know this was a unique situation considering the holiday season upon us (Christmas 2017), the weekend combined, and the flow of packages, adds complexity. But the exception you are making to ship this equipment overnight, I will not forget. As mentioned, I have 2 businesses that use the competitor. I will keep you in mind once the contract expires. Initially, I never heard of Front Point. But from this day on, you are the ONLY POINT of reference when it concerns top notch security monitoring companies. You are truly a services oriented company!
I've had my system for a few months and everything works AOK. I found their support to be excellent and they take their time to make sure everything gets set up correctly. I've had zero false alarms and I find the notifications I get to my iPhone and Apple Watch are awesome; plus the ability to remote arm/disarm. I did have an initial install issue where the install app stayed stuck on a page; so I called and they stayed on the phone for 30+ minutes while I installed the whole system. They were also very knowledgeable about features. The one feature that is missing imho is the ability to remotely open and close my garage door with a "zwave" compatible garage door opener. I do however have the ability to remotely check if the door is open or closed, and I get a notification to my watch/phone if I left home after arming the system and forgot to close the door.
I made a call to frontpoint about my wireless security when will it arrive the gentlemen was very helpful and nice. And answered all my questions. I highly reccomend them to anyone.
Great company. Great customer service and the system itself. Very satisfied after doing bunch of research. Other cheaper companies don't have such good customer service.
I'm super happy with their customer service. Always helpful. Always quick. No waiting on long holds. Alarm works perfectly and so easy to check from my phone. Again, can't say enough about the customer service (am I getting old or is it just so rare to find good service that it is refreshing???).
The mechanisms work. The customer service was really great. Now, I am moving, my trial period was honored and MY MONEY WAS REFUNDED as promised, immediately. I have become so sick of complex corporate rules that rip me off--this was refreshing!
I have been a customer now for about 5 years. You need to install the system yourself....in order to acomplish the install you need to be able to pull the backing off adhesive and stick things to doors, windows, and walls. I find it hard to believe that anyone with a negative review below has the ability to set up a Yelp account and leave a review, but is unable to stick something to a window. When the home across the street from me got robbed I decided it was time to get an alarm system. I looked into a bunch of different options including big national companies like ADT adm some small local companies. The first big difference was cost. Yes ADT says you get an alarm system installed for $99.... That system is great if you live in a one room studio with no windows. All you get for $99 is a single door alarm, a motion detector, a key chain fob, and the control unit. When I priced out the system I need to cover my home it was going to be well over $1,000 since I wanted contacts for each door and Window. With Frontpoint my system ran me $500. Not cheap, but I added some detectors and water intrusion detectors. Another big difference is the monthly cost to monitor. Once you start adding on fire and water intrusion with the big boys the monthly cost to monitor goes way up.... If you want to get into home automation and that number is insane. My monthly including, security, fire, carbon monoxide. Water intrusion, and home automation is $49. Over the years I have had to call support a few times to add a lock or because I had an issue with a sensor. They have always been great to work with and spent as much time as needed to work through the problem. Over the 5 years I have been with Frontpoint I have had a minimum of 20 friends and family sign up and not one has ever come back to me with an issue or complaint.
I have been using FrontPoint Security for monitoring my home for over 3 years now. I have nothing but great things to say about them - infact I like them so much that I had a few other family members and friends go with them. Their Sales and Support is what you expect in an ideal company. First of all, this is a self install All Wireless system using GE technology. I chose the Cellular as WiFi can go down and did not want that risk. The company advised me that sending someone to install could impose a risk as the installer would know all the weak points in your home ! It took about 30 minutes to install the system fully (about 10 sensors and control panel). My door frame had a niche so the sensors would not touch - so the FP support asked me to mount their sensor on a small piece of wood to raise the height to align. They even advised me on how many sensors and where to place them to get effective coverage - ADT gave me a quote that was 5-6 times more expensive and more number of sensors. When the tape to mount the glass break sensor became loose and sensor fell down, they shipped replacement tape for free. I ran the system in "test" mode for 2-3 days where I tripped it at multiple times of the day and night to test - as early as 5 am and as late as 1 AM and within a few seconds, I got a call. Once I was pleased, I went Live. Since then, my sensor has gone off a few times (kids) and 100% of the time, I got a call within 15-30 seconds. My friend uses ADT and I tripped their alarm a few times while feeding their dog and for 30 minutes, no one called !! I customized their panel to text me for certain events (like dad arming and disarming, or not armed on certain days by a certain time, certain doors or windows opened) and it worked flawlessly. Both my wife and I get these texts and we know exactly what is going on with the monitoring system 24x7. I also called customer support multiple times to get help resetting the system due to some technical issues and they always answered with a max of 2-3 minute hold time- even on Sundays. The TechSupport people are extremely polite, patient and knowledgeable. Never did I leave the call without 100% satisfaction. Today (July 24 2016), I strongly recommend FP over any other provider and the $40+ that I pay monthly is worth 100 times its worth in the peace of mind it gives me. Congratulations to FP for delivering such an awesome service and quality.
I've been a customer for 6 years and am very happy with FrontPoint. Install (on your own) is VERY easy...5 starts goes for their service. Every time I've called customer service (for swapping for a radio with a carrier with better reception, replacement batteries, general questions, etc) I've received 5-star service from a US-based rep. Not that I mind overseas support when it's appropriate, but these guys are not script-readers...they are professional, knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful. Very satisfied.
I am really happy with FrontPoint. I keep adding equipment and capabilities to my security system. It adds convenience and peace of mind. I really like how flexible the program is and the superb customer service. The staff is not pushy and they are extremely helpful and courteous. I highly recommend this service!
I found front point security system to be more on par with ADT than with comcast xfinity home protection or AT&T digital life home security. Here is is what I found out. 1. front point security has cellular signal instead of relying on the internet. I know comcast wants us to believe the internet will always be on but my internet has failed many times. 2. front point security does NOT have window break detectors, they can sense if the window opens, but I do not believe they carry the specialized sensors that detect window breaks using vibration or pressure changes. 3. They do not have free equipment like comcast or AT&T. 4. Monthly fees are about the same as ADT, comcast and AT&T in the long run, but right now comcast has deals as low as $20 per month with free equipment and free installation. I would have given front point security a full 5 star rating but their price is so much higher than the competition it is tough to do that.
I wrote my initial 5 star review for Frontpoint after using their service for a month or so. I'm still very happy with their overall product and service. However, I've recently had an experience with regard to contract renewal that has led me to knock off 1 star. The customer service rep I dealt with was gracious and friendly, which actually makes me feel somewhat bad about sharing this. However, I feel an obligation to put this information out there for others who use Frontpoint or are thinking about using them. Executive summary for those who don't want to read the War and Peace version below: read your contract/know your terms! OK, here goes: I originally called customer service about an odd beep that seemed to be occurring on my system. As usual, they were fast, friendly, courteous, etc. At the end of the call, the rep said that he noticed my contract was about to expire, so I should renew. I told him I liked the service and would almost certainly continue with them, so he said he would email me the renewal documents. The renewal contract he sent over was for 3 years, effective immediately (as opposed to being tacked onto the end of my original agreement). Before signing, I went back and looked at my original agreement. It turns out my original 3 year contract still had 7 months remaining - it wasn't "just about to expire." More importantly, the original contract states that it will automatically renew for 1 year at a time absent an express cancellation (w/ 60 day notice) by either party. I brought all of this up with the rep via email, which initiated a long back and forth. Here are the high points of that correspondence: 1) The rep repeatedly said that when my initial contract ended, I'd be month-to-month and would no longer be "under contract." This wasn't true - I would still be under contract, specifically under a 1 year extension of the original contract. "Month-to-month" came up over and over (and over and over) in the responses I received, but it was never clear where this derived from. 2) The rep said I could lock in my original contract of $42.99 rather than pay a higher rate. He specifically referenced the $44.99 rate currently being charged to new subscribers. However, this is a red herring - the amount being charged to new subscribers is immaterial to me. I'm still paying my original $42.99 at the moment, and under the automatic 1 year extension provision I would stay at that rate (caveat below). 3) The caveat from above: the original contract states that Frontpoint can raise my rate up to 5% once a year (they haven't done so yet, FWIW). Thus, my rate could be increased by 5% at any time. If the new contract I was offered somehow eliminated the possibility of such an increase over its 3 year term, I could see some benefit to signing it. However, the new contract contains the same provision re a 5% increase. There's no apparent rate benefit to locking myself in for 3 more years: I'd have the same rate and the same possibility of a rate increase either way. 4) Another alleged selling point for the new contract was that under "month to month" renewal period (which, again, does not appear to exist) I "will incur charges for equipment." I tried to nail down exactly what this meant, but never got a concrete answer. My best guess is that this refers to the limited warranty covering equipment replacement. The limited warranty period in my original contract was for 2 years from activation, so it's already expired. If the new contract I was offered somehow extended this term, it could be seen as offering some benefit over the automatic renewal. However, the limited warrant in the new 3 year contract is for 3 years from the date of initial activation. Technically, this does extend my original limited warranty for 7 addition months, but it definitely doesn't keep me from incurring charges the entire time I'm under contract. The warranty will disappear on the same date my original contract term ends. To sum up, it would appear that Frontpoint wanted to lock me in for 3 more years without providing me any commensurate benefit. Any time I tried to drill down to specific questions regarding contract provisions, I got the same set of rote (but very friendly) answers about streamlining my experience, providing the best service to customers, saving me from new subscriber rates, etc. I certainly understand why they would want to lock people in for as long as possible, but I felt like the sales pitch for doing so was at least somewhat misleading. If someone from Frontpoint wants to clarify any of this or explain what I got wrong, I'm genuinely interested in hearing their answer. As I said, I tried to drill down to specifics before, but haven't gotten very concrete answers.
Update: After a second phone call with a Frontpoint supervisor, we went over the situation again Frontpoint offered to reimburse a larger portion of the fee. We have had no issues with Frontpoint, until recently. Their touch panel sent an alarm signal to their offices, but did not go off in our home and the app did not notify us either. We were home and the system was disarmed, so this was a completely useless alarm and something triggered by a faulty machine. However, when I asked Frontpoint to reimburse us for the $230 fine the city police department is charging us due to a false alarm, Frontpoint only offered $50, which barely covers 1 month of service. We are now shopping for a new company that has reliable equipment and good customer service.
A plus customer service. This company is no non-sense and easy to talk to. Great experience so far.
I had Frontpoint for about five years. I loved their easy set up, phone app, and customer service. They walked me through the set up, which involved placing sensors and plugging in the control panel, and were responsive whenever I called to order additional or replacement equipment. I had the alarm go off once in five years when I was out of town, and they sent the police right away--turned out to be an overly friendly neighborhood cat. They made sure I knew that when I moved and cancelled that the equipment was mine and I could use it at another address if I wanted to. Only drawback was the 30 day written (email) notice, so I'll have to pay one more month.
Love the flexibility of the system, the responsiveness of the agents, and the short contract period flexibility (1 yr). Others have mentioned they've had issues with the renewal process so keep an eye out for that. AREAS FOR IMPROVEMENT Some of the user guides are *too* simplistic. There are a number of things that an agent walks you through, but it would be more effective to have these written down somewhere as a reference. For example, on your activation call, the agent kindly walks you through how to arm, disarm, extend time, etc. But there are a number of things explained on the call that would have been nice to have written down somewhere like toggling a "black bell" for chimes when doors/windows open. That is not written anywhere in the user guides, and is only explained over the phone. Also, the use of the "Silent" button to extend entry time. That is a bit counter-intuitive so it'd be helpful to have better instructions for things like this. There are likely lots of other features in the system that I don't know about yet because they're not essential now, but would be useful to know later. In other words, you *could* be getting more out of your control panel, but you just don't know. The equipment guides are so simplistic, and they refer you to their /help pages, but there isn't much more there aside from the guides, so it becomes sort of an infinite loop of referring you to the help page and the equipment guides...until you want to call them. FWIW, their CS reps have been helpful and friendly. SETUP LIMITATIONS The sensors are easy to install and the instructions are fairly clear. One key thing you might miss out on by going with FP is strategic advice on where to put sensors, motion detectors and cameras. I don't think FP tries to oversell you on getting more sensors, and they seem to offer this advice over the phone by talking through the layout of your house. For me, however, it's no substitute for having a live person walking through your home with you to provide advice on weak points and different strategy considerations. I didn't end up talking to them about this because I by the time I chose FP, I had already done in-person sales walkthroughs with both ADT and Bay Alarm. Both gave advice on strategy and maximizing efficiency, so by the time I spoke with FP, I knew exactly what I wanted and how I wanted to set things up. I suggest you do something similar if you have similar.
Frontpoint has me saying good things and bad things about them. I had their system for over 6 years but cancelled almost immediately after having troubles with my alarm system. I spent over $800 on the system and regret it instantly. However, they did save me from a potential burglary which the alarm was on and scared them away. That was a big thank you to Frontpoint. However, things are about to get annoying after 2 years into the contract. My equipment was having problems. I had the $42.99 plan which covered the Alarm.com app and crash and smash protection. However, into 2 years of the contract my door sensors regardless of how many replacements they would be horrible. The door sensor does not always give the right signal on the app. For example, I closed my door and it would still say open. This happens occasionally and won't go away. If I forget to arm my system, I would always use the app to arm it. However when I am far away from home, the sensor would say my door is still open but it has been closed. Forcing me to have to arm my system since I am far away and cannot go back to open and close my door to make sure the sensors detect it. What a nightmare. I'm super glad I didn't sign another 3 year contract. What was I thinking!? Some things I hated the most with this system: - 3 year contract; Not worth it! - $42.99 was my interactive plan that included the Alarm.com app and the "crash and smash" protection. Why didn't Frontpoint include that in the $32.99 plan? I had to pay extra just to get that "crash and smash" protection. Not worth it! (They did offer to lower my rate. However, I don't want to deal with them anymore for the door sensor) - The door sensors always have problems on the app resulting the app to keep saying that my door is "open" resulting a bypass when I arm away the system making me vulnerable to burglaries. Especially when I'm far away from home and forgot to arm the system. Pros: - Saved me from one attempted burglary In conclusion, they weren't the best especially when it comes to the equipment. Their account specialist kept telling me to not cancel and kept annoying me to stay with their service. However, after hours on the phone I am happy that I cancelled Frontpoint and went to their competitor; Simplisafe. They are truly the best system out there especially with their new Simplisafe 3 System. Same functions such as "crash and smash" protection and now their signals are encrypted to make it even better and safer. Includes WiFi protection as backup and runs on either T-Mobile or Verizon. My Simplisafe system arrived today and couldn't be more happier. This is definitely debatable with Frontpoint and is less expensive and a much friendlier system! I have the Simplisafe interactive plan for $24.99 which is cheaper than Frontpoint by half! So far, I'm loving my Simplisafe system and I'm super happy I made the right choice by leaving Frontpoint. I should have a long time ago! By the way.... no contracts on Simplisafe. That's what made it even better!
Docking these guys one star for having the temerity to charge me for a window decal (!), which should have been included for free at time of sign-up. Money grab, plain and simple.