Vivint’s monitoring prices are on par with other companies, like Frontpoint and some of ADT’s plans. Plus, its lowest-priced plan (Smart Security) is cheaper than what you see from most other big-name providers, and almost on the same level as what you’d see from a cheap DIY provider like SimpliSafe.
SimpliSafe Interactive monitoring plan: $24.99/mo.
Vivint Smart Security monitoring plan: $29.99/mo.
We love that Vivint’s base plan gives you mobile access so you can control your system through your smartphone with any plan. Most other security companies (like ADT and Frontpoint) require you to subscribe to one of their higher-priced plans before you get mobile app support.
Vivint gives you two options to pay for your equipment:
- Buy it all up front
- Finance it over the length of a contract
If you buy all your equipment up front, you don’t have to sign on to a contract. That means you can cancel your monitoring plan whenever you want without paying those hefty cancellation fees you see from companies like ADT.
That said, it’s not cheap to buy everything you need all at once. (Plan on spending over $500 for the most basic equipment you’ll need.) If you can’t or don’t want to shell out all that cash at once, you can finance your equipment over the length of your contract.
Vivint contract lengths: 42–60 mos.
Financing your equipment means your monthly costs will be higher. And Vivint’s 60-month contract is significantly longer than the industry average of 36 months. But in our experience, most people keep their alarm systems for more than five years, so it’s not a huge deal if you don’t think you’ll need to cancel anytime soon.
Vivint charges $99 for professional installation. That’s about the same as what you’ll pay for any other professionally installed security system. And sometimes DIY companies with no installation fees (like Frontpoint) still sneak in a comparable activation fee.