If you’re serious about home security, then Vivint is the system for you. With professional installation, optional 24/7 professional monitoring, and integrations with Alexa, Google Assistant, Philips Hue, Nest Thermostat and even Airbnb, the company has more than proved itself in the smart home security market. However, all those awesome features come with a price, and Vivint tends to be on the higher-end. Naturally, we’re looking for ways to save, and since Black Friday and Cyber Monday happen to be the biggest days of savings of the year, we’re hoping to get Vivint for a fraction of the regular price. Is it possible? Read on to find out!
What To Expect
Vivint has yet to announce its Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals, so we scoured their Facebook page to see what they’ve done in the past. We’ll admit, their promotions have been a little spotty, but we’re hoping that 2020 is the year they dip their toes back into Black Friday and Cyber Monday discounts.
2011: Nearly 10 years ago, Vivint gave us free activation and installation on any new security system or home automation system, with savings of up to $500 total.1
2012: A year later, Vivint offered the same deal, but on Cyber Monday instead of Black Friday.2
2018: A little bit more recently, Vivint expanded its Cyber Monday promotion to the entire week, giving a free doorbell camera and free installation to customers, a value of $328!3
Tip: Want your system to stay on in the event of a power outage? All Vivint systems come with cellular backup for free so your system will stay on, and connected with the professional monitoring center, no matter what.
What’s For Sale
Vivint isn’t the most straightforward company when it comes to pricing, but since we’ve had their systems for years, we can provide you with the information you need.
|Package||SkyControl Starter Kit||Home Security System Bundle||Smart Home Control Bundle||Video Security Bundle||Smart Complete Bundle|
|Google Home Mini||2||2||2||2||2|
|Touchscreen Control Panel||1||1||1||1||1|
|Monthly Cost with 60-Month Financing Option||$9.98||$11.83||$17.50||$23.00||$29.83|
Although their systems are clearly pretty price, starting at around $600, there is a financing option. Basically, you pay a small amount each month for 60 months, which, if you fell asleep during math class, amounts to five years. We don’t know about you, but we wouldn’t want to be paying for a security system for five years, which is why your best bet is to wait until there’s a decent sale to buy Vivint, if you can’t afford their equipment upfront.
Now, although self-monitoring is an option for those that want to avoid monthly fees, many people will want to pay monthly for 24/7 professional monitoring, or, if you finance your equipment, however long your loan lasts. That’s an additional cost, but you can learn more about that in our page on Vivint’s pricing. Basically, if you’re on a budget, Vivint may not be right for you, even if you have a sweet Black Friday or Cyber Monday discount.
Note: If you move your Vivint system to a new location, you’ll need to pay an $129 moving fee.
Although it may not be as well known as systems like ADT or Ring Alarm, Vivint is a publicly traded company started in 1997 as APX Alarm Security Solutions Inc., which was a bit of a mouthful. Two years after its founding, the company began working with Goldman Sachs, after a $75 million credit facility agreement,4 which led to a $440 million agreement a decade later. By 2011, APX became Vivint and the next year, The Blackstone Group purchased Vivint for over $2 million. But it wasn’t until this year that they came publicly traded, and with over 1.5 million customers across Canada and the U.S, we can understand why.
Of course, Vivint is not without its faults. They’ve been sued multiple times for deceptive marketing, settling with the states of Nebraska, Oregon, Ohio and Arkanssa from 2009 to 2014. Then, in 2014, they settled not one but two federal class-action lawsuits for violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) of 1991, which restricts telemarketing and the use of robocallers. But Vivint wasn’t done with its illegal telemarketing, facing yet another class action lawsuit over violating the TCPA just last year.5 While we appreciate Vivint’s equipment and solid monitoring, clearly, they have a long way to go when it comes to sales and marketing, and can be described as more than a little aggressive.
FYI: Even if you’re signed up for the national “Do-Not-Call” registry, established by the Federal Communications Commission, you still may receive calls from Vivint, which is why they’re involved in another class action lawsuit for allegedly violating the TCPA.
Especially with more expensive security systems, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are some of the only days of the year where certain people can afford smart home security, and Vivint is a shining example. If price is holding you back, make sure to check for deals and discounts before buying a security system on these upcoming sales holidays. And if you’re not sure about Vivint, read our Vivint review, where we go over our entire testing experience in detail. Otherwise, compare Vivint to other top systems like Vivint vs. SimpliSafe, Vivint vs. ADT or Vivint vs. Frontpoint. Picking out a home security system can feel like a big undertaking but with our expertise, you’ll be covered.
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Forbes. (2011). Home Security Firm Enters Solar Market With $75M Fund.
ClassAction.org. (2019). Vivint Inc., DSI Distributers Facing Class Action Over Allegedly Illegal Telemarketing Calls.