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LiveWatch vs ADT

LiveWatch is an excellent home security system for short-term needs. How does it compare to ADT? Read our comparison chart below.

LiveWatch is newer on the scene and it’s tempting with affordable rates and short contract time. Plans start at just $29.95/month for the most basic protection and goes up to $49.95/month for home automation and video monitoring. All plans support 24/7 wireless monitoring. There is an equipment fee upfront, usually between $200 - $300.

The main selling point of LiveWatch is that the contract is only for 1-year. After that, it continues month-to-month and you can cancel anytime. And if you cancel before 1 year, you can even get a full refund on equipment. The system is DIY so there is no installation fee.

While ADT is the oldest and most popular name in home security. Plans start at $28.99/month for the most basic protection to $58.99/month for video monitoring and home automation. Note that the base plan only comes with 24/7 burglary monitoring by landline. Cellular monitoring is available at an additional cost. Fire/smoke, carbon monoxide and flood monitoring equipment are also extra costs.

You only get the option of professional installation with ADT, which means that you'll usually have to pay for the labor that comes with that. There is a 3-year contract and a 6-month money-back guarantee, but only if there is an equipment or service problem that ADT can't solve.

Compare LiveWatch with ADT, side-by-side. Read on for an in-depth look, including ratings, reviews, pros and cons.

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Benefits and Features

Home SecurityPlans start from $19.95/month to $49.95/month. All plans include 24/7 monitoring.
$29.95 Mobile Pro Plan includes smartphone control.
$39.95 Total Home Plan includes home automation.
$49.95 Total Home+Video Plan supports video streaming.
Plans start from $28.99/month to $58.99/month. All plans include 24/7 monitoring for burglary.
$58.99 ADT Pulse Video Plan includes remote secure video and smartphone control.
Customer ServiceMonday through Friday from 7am to 9pm Central. Saturday from 8am to 5pm Central. 24/7 monitoring.24/7 customer support and monitoring.
Return Policy
45 days
6 months money back guarantee if there is a problem ADT cannot resolve
Warranty
Lifetime
After 90 days, there is a charge for servicing broken equipment. Or you can choose to pay a monthly fee for equipment warranty
Equipment
$99 for basic equipment
Basic equipment included
Mobile AppLiveWatch app (requires LiveWatch Interactive services) allows you to arm and disarm your home security system remotely, view sensor activities (up to 10 sensors), get notifications on system events and pending alarms, and view video from cameras (if applicable). App is available for iPhone, Blackberry and Android.ADT Pulse app allows you to activate alarm, check sensors, watch live video feeds, control lights and appliances, adjust thermostats and view history of home activities. Available on App Store and Google Play.
Contract
Cancel anytime with no fee
3 year contract
Installation
Do It Yourself
Professional installation available.
Yard Sign
ADT-branded yard sign
Home Automation
ADT Pulse allows you to arm/disarm your house, control your lights and thermostats remotely.
Control Panel
ADT Pulse touchscreen control panel allows you to know alarm status, arm/disarm your alarm, control lights, check weather, and view live video from security cameras. Also allows you to quickly send an immediate alarm (medical, fire, or police).
Door Lock
ADT Pulse door locks allow you to remotely lock/unlock your door from any internet-connected device.
Door Sensor
Wired and wireless door sensors. Wireless door sensors can be installed yourself with no drilling or hardwiring necessary.
Glass Break Sensor
Detects if a pane of glass is shattered
Lowest Monthly Price
$29.95
$28.99
Motion Sensor
Outdoor Camera
Security Camera
Thermostat
Touch Screen
Water Flood Monitoring
Window Sensor
Z-Wave
 

CreditDonkey® Reviews

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Customer Service
Equipment
Mobile App
Packages
Cancellation
Installation
Yard Sign
Home Automation
Pros & ConsPros:
  • Plans start at $19.99/month
  • Cancel anytime
  • Easy installation
Cons:
  • Equipment cost
Pros:
  • Brand recognition
  • Professional installation
Cons:
  • Long-term commitment
Bottom LineExcellent home security system for short-term needs... Read full reviewGood home security system for long-term homeowners... Read full review

LiveWatch: Pricing information including fees, features and contract length was obtained on January 8, 2016 from published websites and is believed to be accurate, but not guaranteed.

ADT: Pricing information including fees, features and contract length was obtained on January 8, 2016 from published websites and is believed to be accurate, but not guaranteed.

Which is Better: LiveWatch or ADT?

Still need help deciding which home security is better? Read the in-depth reviews below. You may also be interested in comparing LiveWatch or Protect America.

In short: LiveWatch's cancellation is outstanding. ADT's equipment, packages, installation, and yard sign are notable. In particular, the installation and yard sign are excellent.


Explore LiveWatch In-Depth


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