Customers often ask if they should choose
alarm monitoring through their home
landline or through a cellular device.
While alarm monitoring through your home
phone line might seem like a cost effective
option at first glance in the end it will cost
you more money and is less effective. Here are 5 reasons
why you should ditch your old phone line and instead opt
for cellular alarm monitoring.
1. It cost more. At first you might think that you are
saving money by having your alarm system monitored
through your landline. If you were to choose landline
monitoring your average rate per month would be $19.95
compared to average cellular rates of $32.00 per month
and you wouldn't need to buy a cellular monitoring unit.
However, the average cost of telephone service is $25.
When you add the $25 to the alarm's $20 per month you
are actually paying $45 a month. Now, let's factor in that
cellular unit. This unit will cost you anywhere from $0 to
$170 depending on your current situation and the alarm
company you are doing business with. Some alarm
companies will provide you the unit for free if you have
any existing alarm system and only need a cell unit or
will charge you an average cost of $170 for the unit if
the company is already providing you all of your other
equipment at no cost. If you were to pay for service for a
year and purchased the unit at $170 that unit would cost
you $14 per month. The cost for cellular monitoring over
your first year would be $48 and would decrease with
each year that you own the cellular device while the cost
of telephone service is likely to go up in the near future.
2. Cellular Monitoring offers more bells and whistles
than standard telephone monitoring. You cannot enjoy
the benefits of advanced security on a landline. Advanced
security options such as home automation, remote smart
phone services, lighting controls, and instant notifications
only work through cellular devices. If you have a smart
phone you should choose cellular monitoring and enjoy
all the features that go along with it. You bought your
smart phone for its advanced technology, now you should
have an alarm system that works right along with your
3. Telephone lines are less reliable than cellular signals.
Your telephone line can suffer from storm damage at
any time causing your alarm system to malfunction and
cease to work. If there is no signal for your alarm system
to communicate with your central station than your alarm
is useless until the telephone lines are repaired.
4. Telephone lines can be cut. Telephone lines run from
the street to the exterior of your home and are usually
easy to reach making them an easy target for burglars to
come up and cut which kills communication with the
central station. Once communication is down the burglar
has access to your home and your alarm is useless.
5. Telephone lines are a thing of the past. Satellites are
taking over the communication world. The government
has a 20 year plan to phase out all telephone lines and
move completely into the digital area. That means that
at some point your alarm won't even have a telephone
monitoring option, so why would you want to stick to an
old, outdated method when you can get so much more
from a cellular device.
Cellular monitoring has been around for a while now and
continues to evolve as we move from 3G to 4G and
beyond. As alarm systems evolve along with it, the
options available with cellular monitoring increase.
If you don't need your telephone line for a fax or personal
reason than its just not worth saving a few dollars on your
alarm systems to pay two bills and ultimately more in the
end. Rates vary from city to city. Take a minute to run
numbers on your two options and consider your personal
lifestytle such as preferences for technology before making a