Get Ready for $99 Security, Home Automation from Comcast/Xfinity
Xfinity (formerly Comcast) comes to Houston with $99 deals on home security and automation, and monthly service plans that cost almost $20 less than ADT Pulse.
However, the cable provider is saying little about the program.
Interviewed by CE Pro last month, Xfinity spokesman Charlie Douglas would not comment on any particulars, including the product vendors, sales tactics, customer support, and installation.
At least we now know why Xfinity has been so vague about its home security partners. It seems the company still hadn’t decided if it would use technology from iControl, which powers the new ADT Pulse solution, or uControl, which offers a similar Web-enabled home management system.
Yesterday, it was announced that iControl and uControl are merging, bringing a unified solution to the cable industry.
One could speculate that the combined company, called iControl, will win the Xfinity Home Security business once and for all.
Xfinity Home Security
But Xfinity is apparently selling and installing something for Houston customers today, going head-to-head with ADT Pulse. Judging by the Comcast Home Security Web site, the cable company is providing the same iControl solution as ADT, although that is sure to change with the impending iControl/uControl merger.
As sold today, the Xfinity solution is substantially less expensive than ADT’s, but again the details are sketchy.
Xfinity’s “Preferred” security/automation plan costs $39.95 per month with a three-year agreement. The plan includes professional security monitoring, as well as self-monitoring of security, cameras, lights and thermostats via the Internet.
ADT’s equivalent Premier service costs $57.99 per month with a long-term monitoring agreement – almost $20 more per month than Comcast.
And while ADT says it is not discounting prices for Pulse products and installation, Xfinity is offering an incredibly attractive $99 deal that includes:
- Security panel (a self-contained Simon XT from GE Security is shown on the Xfinity site) (1)
- Wireless keypad (GE Security) (1)
- Window/Door Sensors (4)
- Motion Detector (1)
- Touch Screen (1)
- Keyfob (1)
- Cellular (GSM) module for backup communications
Customers will pay extra for cameras and automation devices (lights and thermostats for now). However remote management of those devices is included in the same $57.99 fee. Xfinity’s Basic plan, which excludes camera monitoring and home automation functionality, costs $29.95 per month—far less than ADT’s equivalent $47.99 Select plan.
Julie Jacobson, recipient of the 2014 CEA TechHome Leadership Award, is co-founder of EH Publishing, producer of CE Pro, Electronic House, Commercial Integrator, Security Sales and other leading technology publications. She currently spends most of her time writing for CE Pro in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V and the business of home systems integration. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, and has never taken a journalism class in her life. She's a washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player currently residing in Carlsbad, Calif. Email Julie at firstname.lastname@example.org
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