I was looking around for a home security monitoring service. The house in RDU, NC has ADT equipment installed by the previous owner. I called CPI and they offered me a 36 mo contract at $30/mo & I could use a cell phone instead of a land line. I could use their standard package without any additional fees. I was wondering if I could get a better deal elsewhere, without the contract? Do phone companies (e.g. Verizon) offer alarm monitoring?
Effectively yes, the 1555 has a number of common communication formats available. As Crash says, find yourself a smaller local dealer, preferably one who will give you a measure of service and warranty included with the monitoring at a fair market price.
Pure low end monitoring is available from a number of places. One that I know of that is also very good is"
". However, it pays to remember that these discount outfits generally give you nothing but the monitoring itself which is fine as long as you can service the panel yourself. Service will be by referral to an independant dealer in your locale, who will charge you a premium price for his services. One service call could easily eat up any difference between the discount rate of these suppliers and a local independant for several or more years. Plus they often charge you for a year in advance, which can be non refundable.
Discount monitoring services are a crap shoot.......like everything in life, you generally get what you pay for......( penny ante philosophical mode...."off"...).