Their service is a very typical one. For $26.95 you get a two-way speakerphone alert system. So far so good.
But when I got to the accessories area, I got scandalized.
Extra panic buttons are $3 a month, and what you get is probably the ugliest version of the panic button known to humanity (it’s the gray one a lot of companies sell). The thing probably costs them $10.
They also try to sell you lock box for holding your house key. I don’t dispute the need for this: it can make a big difference in the speed with which the ambulance crew can get into your house.
But I do object to the pricing. They try to charge you $3 a month for this. But if you go down to your local hardware store you can buy a lockbox like this for between $20 and $35.
Imagine you use this service for 3 years. That means you will have paid $3 a month for 36 months, which is $108 for an item this company probably purchases wholesale for about $10.49 each.
This company also sells a room extender product that makes the two-way speakerphone slightly less unusable in a large house. But it’s $10 a month to rent. Over three years you’ll be paying $360 for the privilege of making their system functional.
I’d be more pleased if they simply sold you a unit with two way communication through the pendant, like the Freedom Alert II Newest DECT Model 600 Foot Range (60 day return policy).
I don’t know about you, but it makes me uncomfortable when companies try to make extra money off people who are confused or scared.
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