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Frontpoint Security versus ADT

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Industry heavyweight ADT, and relative newcomer Frontpoint offer competitive monitored home security systems. Based on 36 month contracts the costs are very similar, but there are some real differences in the type of service and equipment provided.

Frontpoint has aggressively taken on ADT in it's advertising and blogging, stressing the cellular/gsm technology advances of their own technology over ADT's predominantly landline approach.

Frontpoint's Cellular vs. ADT's Landline

Frontpoint has determined that the future is free of traditional phone-lines. All of their systems use cellular-GSM communication. ADT is still a landline-centric company unless you make an expensive upgrade. The advantage is clearly for Frontpoint. The savings can also be considerable if this allows you to stop your landline subscription. Exceptions to this are areas with bad cellular coverage. If you live in an area with bad/no cellular reception than ADT becomes the easy choice.

Better Business Bureau Rating

ADT has a B+ Better Business Bureau rating while Frontpoint maintains an A- rating.

Basic Alarm Systems Compared

  • Frontpoint Standard Package with "Protective Monitoring" Feature
  • ADT Essentials Plus

We have compared to segments of the ADT and Frontpoint systems. A standard monitored Alarm system, and an advanced system with home automation features from each company.

Two ADT systems have been included since ADT has created a sub brand called ADT Pulse for their systems that are more comparable to Vivint base package.

FrontPoint Standard Package vs. ADT Essentials Plus

Package Frontpoint "Protection Monitoring" ADT Essentials Plus
Company:FrontpointADT Dealer
Call for Recent Promotions: 855-249-9869 (888)-631-5009
Lowest Possible Price: Click for Lowest Frontpoint Price Click for Lowest ADT Price
Window/Door Sensors2 Wireless Sensors2 Hardwired Sensors
Motion Detectors1 Wireless Detector1 Wireless Detector
Key Fob Controller?YesNo
Cellular or Landline?CellularLandline
Remote SMS / Email AlertsNoNo
Remote Management via SmartphoneNoNo
Equipment Fee$99.95**$0 with 3 year contract
Activation Fee$0$25
Monitoring Provider:Alarm.comADT
Installation FeeDIY$99* Installed
Monthly Fee$34.99$35.99
Contract Required?36 Months**36 Months
Average Monthly Costs:$37.77$38.77
Company:FrontpointADT Dealer
Lowest Possible Price: Click for Lowest Frontpoint Price Click for Lowest ADT Price
  • *$99 ADT Installation fee: $349.00 fee with a $250 mail-in-rebate
  • **Frontpoint sells the equipment for $399.95, but provides a $300 discount if you sign a 3 year(36 month) monitoring contract

Installation Differences

With an ADT package an ADT representative will come to your house for this install.

This is very different with Frontpoint, their packages are completely do-it-yourself. But since Frontpoint's system is completely wireless, install is ridiculously easy. You simply peel the backing from the devices, and plug in the control panel.

ADT and Frontpoint have near Identical Pricing

Over the course of the 36 month contract, Frontpoint costs $37.77 per month while ADT is $1 dollar more monthly. But you do need to be care with the $250 ADT rebate, follow the instructions closely, otherwise your average monthly cost will skyrocket to $45.71 per month.

Comparison Summary

  • Costs: The same, but make sure you read the fine print of ADT's $250 rebate
  • Contracts: Both packages are based of 36 month contracts. (Reduced contracts are available at higher upfront prices from both companies)
  • Monitoring Technology: Frontpoint's Cellular GSM monitoring is a superior system
  • Installation: ADT installs their system, while Frontpoint has a 5 minute DIY install
  • Equipment Quality: Frontpoint uses GE Simon XT control panel and wireless sensors, while ADT uses Safewatch Pro 300 Control panel and hardwired sensors. This hardware is comparable and wireless vs. hardwired is the biggest differentce. (disregarding the cell vs. POTS listed above)
  • Bells & Whistles: Frontpoint offers a KeyFob/Keychain remote.

For many customers, cellular/GSM use will make Frontpoint's security system the clear choice, if you already have a cell phone only house, this makes the choice easy. But many customers have been using ADT for years, are very comfortable with their brand and service.

The packages above are just a fraction of those offered by ADT and Frontpoint. Our product packages breakdown the extensive packages each company offers: