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Old 01-19-2011, 12:20 PM
 
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Hello,

I am moving back to Apex after many years away from the Triangle. The house I am moving into has an alarm system that is not currently active. I was looking for local recommendations in the Apex area for a home alarm/security monitoring company that does wireles (cell phone monitoring).

Where I am coming from I had ADT with a hard wired phone. But I would always get small local monitoring company mailers that were half the cost than the brand name. I don't need anything super dooper, but I don't want to waste the money on ADT.

Does anyone have any recommendation? Estimates of price for monthly monitoring? (I know cell phones require an extra attchment and usually an extra cost).

Thanks for the help.

John
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Old 01-19-2011, 01:53 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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I left ADT and went to The Alarm Man for the huge discount in monthly monitoring.

ADT was charging us $39 per month and The Alarm Man was $16 per month.

I didn't ask about the cell phone so I can't help you there.

Vicki
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Old 01-19-2011, 02:10 PM
 
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FWIW - The cell dialers always seemed like a great idea to me. Its pretty simple for someone to cut your phone/cable connection.

Frank
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Old 01-19-2011, 02:17 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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FWIW - The cell dialers always seemed like a great idea to me. Its pretty simple for someone to cut your phone/cable connection.

Frank
If your connection gets cut, the Alarm company is notified and if they cannot reach you, by the phone numbers you have given them, they automatically call Police.

Vicki
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Old 01-19-2011, 02:35 PM
 
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Cell back-up is the next best thing (to getting rid of the landline)!
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Old 01-19-2011, 03:39 PM
 
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If your connection gets cut, the Alarm company is notified and if they cannot reach you, by the phone numbers you have given them, they automatically call Police.

Vicki
Maybe some do, but I don't believe they all do

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Most phone lines are typically exposed on the outside of the house in an easily accessible location where the phone line can be cut. If the telephone line is cut, the security alarm system cannot notify the central monitoring station of the break-in.

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Frank
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Old 01-19-2011, 03:53 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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If your connection gets cut, the Alarm company is notified and if they cannot reach you, by the phone numbers you have given them, they automatically call Police.
That doesn't even make sense. Unless there is some backup communications device, how is the alarm company going to know when the line gets cut? Magic?
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Old 01-19-2011, 04:01 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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That doesn't even make sense. Unless there is some backup communications device, how is the alarm company going to know when the line gets cut? Magic?
That is the way the system works. If the line is cut, the company shows that the system is "down" and automatically calls the numbers supplied by the homeowner. If no one answers, the police is called.
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Old 01-19-2011, 04:02 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Sounds like a sales pitch to me...LOL

We're with ADT and pleased. We have the wireless service as we don't use landlines in our house.

I think we're at $44/month and are happy with their service.

I'm a firm believer in you get what you pay for (be it right or wrong) and I don't feel comfortable trusting my house to "Joe's Security" because they're cheap. I used to work at ADT corporate. I know their stuff and I know how well they work.
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Old 01-19-2011, 04:04 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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That is the way the system works. If the line is cut, the company shows that the system is "down" and automatically calls the numbers supplied by the homeowner. If no one answers, the police is called.
Your phone line would need to be constantly used by the system to transmit that data, basically rendering your phone line useless for voice calls.

I mean how would the monitoring company know your line is cut unless it's communicating with the device?
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