AT&T Digital Life is a home security and automation service that is available to residents in 34 states. The company provides three comprehensive plans that start at $39.99 per month. AT&T customers are subject to credit approval prior to activation and must sign a two-year contract. Monitoring plans feature 24/7 professional monitoring service, remote access, and wireless equipment. Each available plan can be customized with additional equipment upgrades.
The wireless systems do not require home phone connection and feature 24/7 professional monitoring from trained dispatchers. When an alarm is triggered, customers immediately receive a text alert notifying them of the alarm event and emergency help is dispatched immediately to the home. If there is no answer, the company alerts emergency contacts provided by the customer.
The home security company provides homeowners with one home security package. Its Smart Security package offers a suite of features and security devices, including the following:
For this alarm system basic package, homeowners can expect to pay $39.99 as a monthly fee, or $849 upfront (12-month contract required, with early termination fees up to $640).
AT&T Digital Life offers its own mobile app that customers can download and use on any device for remote access control of the home security system. Customers are able to set alerts as well as control home temperature, lighting, and small appliances. Digital Life also provides flood control, video surveillance, door lock access, and garage door control. An included warranty covers equipment repair and installation issues. Home security systems come with $700–$1,700 worth of equipment included in the available plans.
To work with AT&T Digital Life, you'll need to agree to a two-year contract. Many popular home security companies require a minimum of six months, so this is comparatively short. However, you may still be wary to commit to a long-term contract and would prefer to work with a month-to-month subscription fee, which some competitors offer.
You can try AT&T Digital Life for 14 days. If you return it within that time, you can get your money back.
This return policy is shorter than many competitors' trial periods, which typically last 30 days, but it's still a nice feature.
Customers who cancel services prior to contract expiration are responsible for up to $640 as an early termination penalty. According to the corporate website, customers may be subject to numerous other fees as well. Customers must pay an upfront fee that is based on plan selection and may be required to pay technician fees on equipment repairs.
AT&T Digital Life appears to only offer select home security equipment options limited to the door/window sensor, keypad, motion detector, and siren. The company does not appear to offer a video doorbell camera, indoor/outdoor camera, and more. Customers will need to purchase these components separately before integrating them into their security system.
Common complaints include poor installation procedures, high fees, and poor customer service from representatives. The company has also received a few governmental actions taken against them for privacy violations and charges for unauthorized services.
New customers need to pass a background credit check in order to activate home security service.
The AT&T Digital Life app is meant to be a hub to arm or disarm your system, monitor security devices, and receive push notifications regarding security alerts. The app averages around 3 stars on the Google Play Store and iOS App Store. Customers complain of poor UI, login issues, and faulty notifications. Worst of all, customers complain that it is slow. When reporting information from home security devices, timeliness and accuracy matter. In order to improve its product, AT&T Digital Life should pay more attention to its app.
AT&T will charge $849.99 for equipment, and its monitoring starts at $39.99 per month. Many competitors offer these services for a fraction of the cost, so this price tag can be a significant detractor. AT&T Digital Life might only be worth its cost if you trust the brand and believe its service and quality are superior.
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