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LiveWatch vs Protect America

LiveWatch is an excellent home security system for short-term needs. How does it compare to Protect America? 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 Protect America has a low base plan starting at just $19.99/month, which comes with 3 door/window sensors, a motion detector, and the Simon XT Control Panel. The highest tier is priced at $54.99/month and comes with cellular monitoring and home automation. All plans include free equipment, no installation fee (as it's DIY system), and 24/7 monitoring.

However, note that the Protect America base plan only comes with landline monitoring. To get cellular monitoring, the price jumps up to $41.99/month. But then again, you do get free equipment with Protect America, so some people still find the cost is lower overall. There is a 3-year contract and you have a 14-day return period if you're not satisfied.

Compare LiveWatch with Protect America, 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 $19.99/month to $54.99/month. All plans include free equipment, no installation fees, and 24/7 monitoring.
$54.99 Cellular Monitoring Plan includes cellular connection, smartphone control, automated door locks, and lighting control.
Customer ServiceMonday through Friday from 7am to 9pm Central. Saturday from 8am to 5pm Central. 24/7 monitoring.Monday to Friday 8am to 9pm Central. Saturday to Sunday 9am to 7pm Central. 24/7 Monitoring
Return Policy
45 days
14 days
$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.SMART Connect app allows you to arm and disarm your security system remotely, monitor sensor activity, view live video, and control locks and lights. App is available on App Store and Google Play.
Cancel anytime with no fee
3 year contract
Do It Yourself
Do It Yourself
Yard Sign
Home Automation
Supports Z-Wave Door Locks, Lights, and Thermostats
Control Panel
GE Simon XT
Door Lock
Door Sensor
Glass Break Sensor
Lowest Monthly Price
Motion Sensor
Outdoor Camera
Security Camera
Indoor use only camera. Up to 2 streams
Touch Screen
Simon XT Touch Screen
Water Flood Monitoring
Window Sensor

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Home Security
Customer Service
Mobile App
Yard Sign
Home Automation
Pros & ConsPros:
  • Plans start at $19.99/month
  • Cancel anytime
  • Easy installation
  • Equipment cost
  • Plans start at $19.99/month
  • Free equipment with contract
  • Easy installation
  • 3-year contract
Bottom LineExcellent home security system for short-term needs... Read full reviewBest home security system for the money... Read full review
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    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.

    Protect America: Pricing information including fees, features and contract length was obtained on January 13, 2016 from published websites and is believed to be accurate, but not guaranteed.

    Which is Better: LiveWatch or Protect America?

    In short: LiveWatch's cancellation is outstanding. Protect America's discount, equipment, packages, and yard sign are worth mentioning. In particular, the discount and packages are outstanding.

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