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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.
SimpliSafe is one of the most popular home security company of the 21st century. With a strong marketing presence that spans most types of media, Simplisafe has become a household name over the years. With no contracts and an affordable entry price, it isn't hard to understand why. They are a dependable service and have many nice features for home owners, but in terms of new smart home features and integrations, Simplisafe could do better.
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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.
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Couldn't be more pleased with this company and their product. Easy to install and customer service is fantastic.View More Reviews
I have been using this system for 2 years, work perfectly and customer service is great. Their service can't be beat. If you need to add to your system order the item when it arrives. Go to your desktop program name and add the items to your system. It is just that easy.
I purchased the older system 2.0 in November 2016, we had no problems except the keypad entry was small and not backlit. When the new system 3.0 came out I upgraded to it this January, it is night and day easier to install, the base station tells you by name if there are any open sensors, also the mobile app works ten times faster than the old one. Customer service lacks a lot, messages aren't returned and it takes a long time for someone to answer, once answered I was pleased with the help I received.
Excellent and easy installation, runs off battery, recognized by local police dept and 15.99 per month. We have had our system 3 yrs and feel very secure.
Good instructions for installing and setting the options in the SimpliSafe website. Easy to install DIY systems with good array of optional devices. Quick responses to alarms.
They did what they needed to and helped all that they could. When I called they could have been a little nicer and more professional. They were efficient and fast and answered any question that I had. Very professional and not weird. Since it's scary to have someone come into your house I wasn't scared. Pretty good system and monitoring is definitely recommend to others. Very good value. It's great. Would def recommend to others cause I love it so so so much. I really do I feel so freaking safe.
The customer service was great. They are always there when you need them. I would not change them for the world. Any time I ever had a problem they was the first to respond. They was there on time. They were very nice. It took them no time at all to set everything up and I have had no problems at all and that is all. All I can say is that everything about them is great. I have had no problems with anything. I would recommend them to everyone. The value was great. It fitted right into my income. I could not have asked for anything better nor could anyone else. Once I was with them I stayed with them.
I am highly satisfied with the customer service operators. I called a couple times and so far operators were very friendly and eager to help. The setup and installation process was not hard and pretty much guided so I didn't have to worry about any possible problems or issues. It's a pretty user-friendly process, I would say. I am very satisfied with the product monitoring capability. It works just as I thought it's going to be. Have no problems or issues and satisfied with the quality. I do think I got a good value for the price paid. Wouldn't mind to pay less of course, but still seems like the value to price ratio is justified.
Their customer service is of the utmost quality, and their system has worked very well in my home. It has great quality and works very well as we were robbed earlier in the year and it helped keep my family safe. The setup was very easy, the person that did it was very helpful and professional. They worked very fast and were very knowledgeable about any question that I had about their service.
The customer service was very helpful in the set up. They walked me through everything that I need to know about the item. They were very helpful. The set up was really easy and I didn't need any extra help from anyone like I thought I would. I was able to do it all by myself with little to no help. I am able to see everything going on with my house when I'm not there. I feel a lot better about not being home. I don't have to worry about the security anymore. It is a great deal. I would have bought one along time ago had I known that they work this good and weren't very expensive. Great value from the quality of the item.
Great customer service. Always have the answer I need and always are nice over the phone. Never any problems with them. Call anytime and there always help me. Setup was easy. No problems at all. Went fast and easy. Everything I needed came with the product. Anyone can do it. Great monitoring. Always on the right place. Easy to see whatever I'm looking for with great ease and easy viewing. Crisp, clear and easy to view what's on the monitors. Has great value for the buck. A lot cheaper than others and does a lot better job. A great system at a great price. A value I could never pass up. And great selection.
Usually when there's something that goes wrong, I can always rely on their customer service to be able to help me through it all! No matter what the problem is, they ALWAYS try their best to help me fix it. Installation was fast and easy! There was definitely no problem setting it up! It's fast and simple and you don't have to worry about installing any wires into your home. The security system is VERY sensitive to change in motion, temperature, air, humidity, light, and it's able to detect anyone that's intruding guaranteed! It's a little pricey but you definitely get what you've bargained for! The price is overall worth it and I'm sure you'll be pleased with how awesome this device is. You'll feel secure!
I am very happy with the customer service. It was very helpful to me when I needed it most. My problem was fixed very quickly. The person I talked to was very nice. I was very satisfied with the set up and the installation. The work of the set up and the installation caused no concerns for me, and it did not take too long to complete. I would rate the monitoring a perfect 10. I was very happy about it. No issues to talk about there. It really went smoothly, and I had no complaints. I would rate the perceived value a perfect 10. Well worth it and nothing to make haste of the perceived value. I would highly recommend it to all.
It's comprehensive but user-friendly. It's totally wireless and still runs without house power. It features live monitoring and can be controlled from your smartphone. Setup was easy. I pay $14.99 per month for live monitoring. It works excellent and provides thorough security coverage. Great value. Well worth the price in comparison to its competitors.
I was pleasantly surprised by their support center. Everyone was extremely pleasant and helpful. No request went unfulfilled. I would highly recommend this company!! Technician was prompt and pleasant. He was in my house for maybe an hour and then spent as much time as I needed explaining to me how everything worked. Not rushed or rude at all.
The service makes me feel safe when alone at home. I get a call if something go wrong. I feel safe from all. If I was to get sick I can still get help. Knowing my safety is just a call away. Easy to set up. Motion detectors, window locks and you can also get a camera. Being able to know you're safe gives you peace of mind. Helps me monitor my house from anywhere. Grandkids never know I'm watching them. I know that they're safe. Everyday I smile because my system is on and protecting me and my family. At a great low cost and I could activate myself. Satisfaction guarantee. Anyone can do it and you will be on your way to safety. Puts a smile on my face.
Great system. I accidentally hit the panic button as I was carrying heavy furniture up my front steps and bumped the key fob/remote into the railing. I got a call from Simplisafe in less than a minute, they were checking on me to see if I was ok!
I've had this system over a year and thought it had recently malfunctioned, I called customer service and all I had to do was replace the batteries in the keypad, that was easy. The customer service reps have always been extremely kind and helpful. Thanks Simplisafe.
I had this service since 2013. I have nothing but great things to say about them. Whenever I had a problem with service or the product I had a great experience.
For the price one is paying per month, its an absolute value.
I cant wait until they get their camera system available in December 2015.
I researched quite a few alarm systems on the market. SimpliSafe caught my eye with their new system. The old system I understand had some difficulties. In my case I was looking for one system that could service two structures. My residence and my office, which is just about 55 yards away. I installed my main system in my residence first. No connectivity issues at first, everything went smooth... until I tried to connect to my WiFi. It would simply not connect to my main network, which is 2.4 and 5.0 GHz. It would say... wrong password or are you connected to the internet.
This company has excellent customer service. I purchased one of their systems, but found it probably wasn't going to do me any good if I didn't buy the monitoring package. I initially thought it would be great for when we are home. But when I got to thinking about it, what would happen if we were out of town and the alarm ( siren) went off. So , I thought best to return it. The customer service person helped me with one phone call and made arrangement to send it back for a refund. I was was not put on "hold". He did not try to talk me into keeping it or did he try to sell me anything else. He gave me all the information I needed to send it back immediately. I have never encountered such service from anyone in the past. These guys are great and I would highly recommend them to anyone in need of a security system.
So far so good. Only had a week, but install and set up was a piece of cake. Had to customer support for a couple of clarifying questions, wait time seemed a little long but I expected it so no big deal. They answered all questions and offered to help with anything else. 3 close friends including my homeowners insurance company owner currently use this system so I gave it a try based on their positive feedback.
I HAD THE SAME SECURITY SYSTEM AND MONITORING COMPANY FOR OVER 30 YEARS. I recently had new windows installed in the home and the energy efficient frames covered the wires on each window. There was no way to restore the old wired system. They offered a wireless system for $300 with a new two year contract for $29/month. Problem was the base system had only about 4 door/window sensors. I needed 12 and the cost was an extra $400.00 ($50 each).
I researched the top systems with all the bells and whistles and fancy control panel screens. Then I found SimpliSafe and was skeptical at first. NO CONTRACT REQUIRED! I bought the build it yourself system with everything including keychain remotes (2), CO alarm, siren, smoke detector, and all sensors for $600! Signed up for their monitoring program at $14.95/month. My old alarm company was $29/month. I've worked in every type of electronics fields that you can imagine and when I got the package I was extremely pleased! I was able to select only the sensors that I needed and should I decide to add something else later it is easy. The components are solid and very easy to install. You can look at online videos or simply read the small manual to install. Based on a technical writing job I had this is the best manual I can imagine. Pictures with clear explanations. The icing on the cake is the telephone support. Called the phone number, pressed 2 and I was speaking to CS rep within TWO MINUTES!!! Not an overseas call center and these people knew how to help and could easily access system remotely to test.
You can use the system with a land line, but unless your area isn't covered by wireless carriers use wireless. Our connectivity with the alarm system is better than our two cell carriers.
There are standard packages, but I found do it yourself was best for me. I've a large home so it will be less expensive for those with smaller homes or apartments.
The savings on monitoring cost will effectively pay for the system in 40 months.
Check your existing contract if you already have a service. Many, like mine, have automatic renewal for one year periods. Put on your happy face and call to tell them you wish to cancel. You're moving to Italy, selling your home to travel in new motorhome... I'd been with our company for a long time and the CS rep voided the annual contract, made it month to month, with a single payment remaining. All I had to do was FAX a letter with my request and reason. YOUR RESULTS MAY VARY!
I've had my Simplisafe system for about 6 months now and have had two experiences of their efficiency. First, I accidentally pressed my remote's panic button when changing it out of the previous day's pants. In less than ten seconds SS was calling my phone and I quickly confirmed the accident with appropriate safe word use. They cancelled their call to our local 911 center. Second, a ceiling tile in my basement fell and set off a motion detector. Again, in seconds they had me on the phone and we cleared up the problem in an impressive, regimented manner. Their contact staff was efficient and courteous. I love my Simplisafe system and have great peace of mind with it in service.