When it comes to home security, some may argue that paying additional monthly fees is a small price to pay for professional monitoring. Still, SimpliSafe aims to provide competitive professional monitoring services at a reasonable cost. With this in mind, I wanted a better understanding of the yearly, annually, and monthly fees associated with SimpliSafe.
SimpliSafe offers a Camera subscription as well as a Standard and Interactive Monitoring plan. The plans range in features and services to cater to a variety of needs. The costs for each of these subscriptions will depend on your usage and the level of security desired.
Given SimpliSafe’s competitive pricing and variety of features with their monitoring services, they are undeniably a good choice for many homeowners looking to affordably and reliably increase their home’s security. This article will take an in-depth look at the different SimpliSafe plans offered, including a feature breakdown and cost analysis.
Why Use a SimpliSafe Monitoring Plan?
Many individuals may not see the need for an additional monthly plan and instead opt to “self-monitor” their property using the devices that come with the SimpliSafe alarm system.
Although the smart home security devices are quite useful on their own, there are several reasons why a paid monitoring plan is beneficial:
24/7 Professional Monitoring
Though users can self-monitor their property to a limited degree, having 24/7 professional-level monitoring is a significant benefit for many. Not only that, but SimpliSafe offers competitive pricing and different plans, so you only pay for the services that you will actually use.
No Contract and No Commitments
If you’re like me, the fact that you aren’t tied to a long-term contract with SimpliSafe is a strong selling point. Today, many services (including other home security companies) require a monthly or annual commitment to access their services.
With SimpliSafe, however, you can pause and adjust your plan at any time, without the obligation of paying for features that you may not need.
Additionally, if you plan on staying home for an extended period and don’t need extra monitoring, you can pause your security services without penalty.
SimpliSafe Professional Monitoring Plans
As we briefly touched upon earlier, SimpliSafe has three types of plans:
- A Camera Subscription for their SimpliCam
- Two professional monitoring services: Standard and Interactive
To get a better understanding of which plan is right for you, let’s examine the features provided by each service.
Standard Monitoring Plan
The Standard Monitoring Plan includes SimpliSafe’s core monitoring services for $14.99 a month ($.50/day), which comes out to $179.88 a year (though an annual contract is not required).
With the Standard Plan, you will receive professional monitoring services and priority dispatch, as well as fire and medical response.
- 24/7 Monitoring and Dispatch Service
- 24/7 Fire Monitoring and Dispatch
- 24/7 Medical Response
- Built-in Cellular Connection
Note: With the Standard Monitoring plan, you will receive professional monitoring, but they will not verify if an alarm is “real.”
Interactive Monitoring Plan
The Interactive Monitoring Plan, SimpliSafe’s most inclusive security monitoring service, offers users a variety of features, all designed to increase the security of your home.
The interactive plan is $24.99 a month ($.83/day) or $299.88 a year and includes significantly more features than the Standard Plan:
- 24/7 Professional Monitoring (Fire and Medical Response Included)
- Built-in Cellular Technology
- Unlimited Footage Recording
- On-Demand Video Recording
- Mobile App Compatibility (with Instant Alerts)
- Visual Alarm Verification with Priority Police Dispatch
- Google Home and Alexa Compatibility
- Environmental Monitoring (Water Damage and Dangerous Temperature Detection)
- Home Insurance Discounts
- Includes Camera Subscription
Given the variety of features available with the Interactive Monitoring Plan, the slight increase in cost may be worth it for many homeowners. Additionally, the Camera Subscription’s inclusion can help save costs when bundled with other SimpliSafe devices (like the SimpliCam).
The Camera Subscription is SimpliSafe’s basic monitoring plan for their SimpliCam. It is primarily intended for users who may not be fully integrated into the SimpliSafe ecosystem but use the SimpliCam as a standalone security monitoring device. As such, you can still have access to professional monitoring without the higher price point features that may not apply to your system.
The Camera Subscription is only $4.99 a month for a single camera or $9.99 a month for up to 10 cameras. With this service, you not only have access to recordings and video footage for up to 30 days, but you can also download the footage from the SimpliSafe app directly to your phone or computer.
Other Key Features:
- Visual verification of alarms (includes priority police dispatch)
- When viewing SimpliCam’s live stream, you can manually record footage.
SimpliSafe Plans: A Side by Side Comparison
Now that we have a better idea of the plans available, as well as the features included, let’s take a look at a side by side comparison of SimpliSafe’s primary monitoring plans: The Standard Plan and Interactive Plan.
|Feature(s)||Standard Plan||Interactive Plan|
|24/7 Professional Monitoring||Yes||Yes|
|Built-in Cellular Connection||Yes||Yes|
|Visual Alarm Verification||No||Yes|
|Mobile App Compatibility||No||Yes|
|Google Home and Alexa Compatible||No||Yes|
Given this information and the fact that both plans include professional around the clock monitoring, you may be wondering: Which plan best suits my needs?
Which SimpliSafe Plan is Right for Me?
If you’re looking to get the most value for your money, the Interactive Plan is undeniably the stronger choice of the two. With features like visual alarm verification, smart home integration, remote arming and disarming, and more, an additional $10 a month may be worth it to many homeowners in exchange for peace of mind and extra security.
That being said, it is understandable that many SimpliSafe users simply don’t need the additional features. For example, if you don’t use smart home devices or don’t need to record your security cameras footage, it may be worth saving the additional cost and opting for the Standard Plan.
Given each plan’s features, either would be a safe choice and suit the needs of a variety of users. If you’re still on the fence about which plan to start with, you also have the option of utilizing “self” monitoring features with SimpliSafe devices instead of a paid monthly subscription.
Do You Need a Subscription to Use SimpliSafe Devices?
The short answer is “No,” however, opting out of the professional monitoring services will provide notable limitations.
Many users have indicated that SimpliSafe can also be used as a “self-monitored” local alarm, which would avoid monthly fees. However, without their paid plans, you would not have the addition of cellular connectivity for backups. The monitoring aspect of the systems would also require manual interaction to ensure security.
Suppose you’re looking for a more inexpensive route but would still like to take advantage of SimpliSafe’s professional monitoring. In that case, it may be worthwhile to start with their Camera Subscription, which only costs $4.99 a month. With no commitments and no contracts, this will help you get a feel for their services without breaking the bank.
To many, the added security and peace of mind provided by the SimpliSafe plans are an acceptable cost when it comes to keeping you and your family safe. Their subscriptions offer a variety of services with reasonable fees, considering what’s included with each plan.
Also, as a long-term contract is not required, there are minimal downsides to trying a SimpliSafe professional monitoring service to discover which can best suit your needs.