Layabout UNO Fan Baton Rouge Member since Jul 2011 9454 posts
Convert Alarm System to Cellular(Posted by Layabout on 1/28/13 at 6:26 am)
I'm seriously considering pulling the plug on my land line and the only thing holding me back is the fact that my alarm system won't work with VoIP. Anybody have any experience with converting? Do I need to replace the entire alarm box or is there some sort of cellular adapter? Also, does the alarm company charge more for monitoring when it's over cell phone?
re: Convert Alarm System to Cellular(Posted by Golfer on 1/28/13 at 7:24 am to Layabout)
Alarm company charges more. It's basically the same price as eliminating the phone line.
Called Cox to tell them I was contemplating making the switch and they have an unadvertised phone plan that's a flat $9.99/mo that allows 30min of outbound calls a month. Considering the only thing it's used for is the alarm, I went with it.
i charge 6.00 more a month for monitoring and thats what telguard charges me a month for their service. You can pretty much use any alarm control panel its basically just takes place of landline. Very simple installation.
I switched from ADT to simplisafe and disconnected my phone line. You have to pay for some equipment up front and do a very easy self install, but the equipment+monitoring is less after a year than adt+home phone. And every year after is very cheap.