Vivint Shakes Up Home Control Market

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Lisa Hawkins

This is an excellent system. My fiance is the technician manager in the El Paso, Texas office and I finally got to go on a few installs with him and help. It's definitely worth your money. We were about to install a full system in our home in Washington state before coming down here for the summer but since we were renting and moving after our lease was up in December we decided to wait. After a month of leaving, our home was broken into and everything valuable was taken out of the house. I really wish we hadn't decided to wait. And Keith, if you can get out of your contract or even if you wait until after, they can easily incorporate all of your old censors and other devices plus all new ones to make your home even more covered.

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BluePhoton

I just called and spoke with a Vivint representative.  They only offer security right now - the wider systems will roll out on April 1st.  Price for the "home" package (their highest) was $199 activation + $68 per month...

Here are my questions:
1) If I add other z-wave enabled devices to the system, how do I control them all? 
 - Does the Vivint interface do it (i.e. it becomes the central location)?  Or do you use your computer to configure everything and the Vivint system is just complementary? 
2) Is it redundant to buy the Schlage starter kit (with router and everything)? (but I guess that also has a monthly fee to it??)

Thanks!

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Lisa Hawkins

Where are you located at? I know the summer representatives and techinicians are currently selling and intalling the new equipment.

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grorc

This is a really interesting move for APX. The addition of all the home automation stuff really opens up the market.

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BluePhoton

$67 a month seems relatively high (My total ADT bill is now about $33 per month).  However, I guess if you take the $33 per month for the alarm, another $34 per month for all the home automation (including remote) could be reasonable...  I wonder if they have different plans with various upfront vs. monthly prices?

I've been looking to upgrade my 12+ year old ADT system - I wonder if they can retrofit?

Thanks for bringing this new option to my attention!
I will be contacting them for details!

 

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grorc

Easily can retrofit your system.  In fact if you have a system already in your house then a lot of it can be used already and the free stuff in the package can go to bonus stuff instead of basic systems.

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Keith E. Whisman

Man we still have 2years left on our ADT contract. There has to be a way to get out of the ADT contract without paying the ADT cancelation fees. 

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grorc

If you talk to the right sales rep, many of them will pay off your contract for you.  If it is too much, they will pay half or something.

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