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Home Alarm without Home Phoneline

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Home Alarm without Home Phoneline

Hi,
I have an alarm system monitored by the Monitoring Center. I'd like to scrap my home phone line, as it's only real use is for the alarm. I've heard that the alarm signal can still be sent to the monitoring center even if I don't have a home phone subscription with Bell. Any truth to this?
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I got rid of my bell home line a few years ago. All I did was tell the alarm company of the upcoming change and the sent a tech to update my system. The added a plugged in device inside one of my bedrooms that uses cellular signal. Works like a charm.
Looks like my RFD account was recently hacked. I do not sell anything on RFD especially GC's.
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If you want to stick with The Monitoring Centre's monitoring service, they charge an additional $10/month for cellular service (what sunnybono above is talking about). Might have an additional one-time charge for additional equipment, but it depends on what you currently have. You can also have them monitor via internet for an additional $6/month if you have certain newer equipment. See here: LINK

If you compare it with what you're paying Bell for the landline, you'll likely still save some money.
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Great info everyone. Thanks for the replies
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For my DSC PC3000 home alarm setup, The Monitoring Centre wanted to charge $900+ in equipment up front to upgrade to cellular, plus charge me $10 extra per month for cellular support.

So I just kept my “land line”. Except it’s not a land line. It’s bundled with my TV + internet and simulates a land line via internet. I cancelled my Bell copper landline and got the internet based one. It’s not regular VoIP (which can have have major problems home alarms and fax) but a direct land line replacement that both Rogers and Bell offer (that works with traditional home alarms and fax machines).

Over the years this internet-based landline replacement has cost me $0 to $10 per month as part the bundle... and $10 is which is what The Monitoring Centre would have charged me monthly for cellular anyway.

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Note that a lot of the Rogers agents are not aware that their Ignite Home Phone offering is a direct landline replacement that works with wired home alarm systems and fax machines. They are not properly educated on this, and I think this is on purpose. Instead, they are taught to offer their Smart Home Monitoring, which is a complete waste of money if you already have a hardwired home alarm system of course.
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jm1 wrote: If you want to stick with The Monitoring Centre's monitoring service, they charge an additional $10/month for cellular service (what sunnybono above is talking about). Might have an additional one-time charge for additional equipment, but it depends on what you currently have. You can also have them monitor via internet for an additional $6/month if you have certain newer equipment. See here: LINK

If you compare it with what you're paying Bell for the landline, you'll likely still save some money.
Wow.. I'm with Grand alarms (builder's alarm company) and it didn't cost me anything extra. In fact I'm payment the same monthly amount that I've been paying for 16+ years
Looks like my RFD account was recently hacked. I do not sell anything on RFD especially GC's.
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sunnybono wrote: Wow.. I'm with Grand alarms (builder's alarm company) and it didn't cost me anything extra. In fact I'm payment the same monthly amount that I've been paying for 16+ years
Yeah, but how much do you pay per month for home monitoring? My neighbour was paying $30 a month to ADT for like 15 years or something, before I told him he could switch to The Monitoring Centre to save $20 per month. He was shocked when I told him that he owned all the equipment after the third year, and he could have switched monitoring companies to pay just $10 per month for his hardwired alarm system, 12 years ago.

I pay $10-13 per month to The Monitoring Centre to use my existing hardwired alarm system. (It's $9.99 month if I prepay 18 months, or $12.99 per month otherwise.) And as mentioned in my previous post, I've been paying my internet provider an extra $0-10 per month for the landline home phone replacement.

BTW, I try renegotiate my internet + TV + home phone bundles every 1-2 years. So, right now, I am paying $104.99 + tax for Ignite Gigabit Internet, Ignite Flex10 TV with 2 TV boxes, and Ignite Home Phone. It would have been $94.99 per month without home phone.
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EugW wrote: For my DSC PC3000 home alarm setup, The Monitoring Centre wanted to charge $900+ in equipment up front to upgrade to cellular, plus charge me $10 extra per month for cellular support.

So I just kept my “land line”. Except it’s not a land line. It’s bundled with my TV + internet and simulates a land line via internet. I cancelled my Bell copper landline and got the internet based one. It’s not regular VoIP (which can have have major problems home alarms and fax) but a direct land line replacement that both Rogers and Bell offer (that works with traditional home alarms and fax machines).

Over the years this internet-based landline replacement has cost me $0 to $10 per month as part the bundle... and $10 is which is what The Monitoring Centre would have charged me monthly for cellular anyway.


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Note that a lot of the Rogers agents are not aware that their Ignite Home Phone offering is a direct landline replacement that works with wired home alarm systems and fax machines. They are not properly educated on this, and I think this is on purpose. Instead, they are taught to offer their Smart Home Monitoring, which is a complete waste of money if you already have a hardwired home alarm system of course.
Great info. Interesting Rogers offers this type of line, however I am with Bell. Maybe they offer something similar. Thanks
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Check out Ring Alarm, but you'll have to buy all new hardware.
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Corinthein wrote: Great info. Interesting Rogers offers this type of line, however I am with Bell. Maybe they offer something similar. Thanks
Bell’s Home Hub 3000 gateway for example has telephone jacks on the back. It offers the same internet based landline replacement home phone service. Works out of the box with alarm systems and fax machines, unlike third party VoIP offerings. I had my DSC PC3000 wired home alarm system and fax machine running off Bell’s Home Hub 3000 for years before I switched to Rogers.

The main drawback with these services is that if the modem goes down, so does the telephone, not surprisingly. The other drawbacks with some providers is I think distinctive ring and multiple lines are not offered, but I’m not sure with Bell in 2021.

Also, since the phone line is from the modem, the line will go down with a power outage, but I have my modem on a UPS which can power these devices for a couple of hours.
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EugW wrote: For my DSC PC3000 home alarm setup, The Monitoring Centre wanted to charge $900+ in equipment up front to upgrade to cellular, plus charge me $10 extra per month for cellular support.
I think my extra equipment to make my Ademco Vista 20P work on cellular with The Monitoring Centre was about $200, and that was several years ago. That's why OP needs to contact TMC directly to see what the cost would be for OP's specific equipment.
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I am using TMC and dropped the phone line 5 years ago and using GSM unit from them. Now I am thinking to switch to HUB6 Safe and drop TMC as well.
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Check your insurance policies. You usually will get a discount with a third party monitoring setup. Not sure what they’ll offer fir discounts for self monitored setups.
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EugW wrote: Check your insurance policies. You usually will get a discount with a third party monitoring setup. Not sure what they’ll offer fir discounts for self monitored setups.
Most don't offer discounts for self-monitoring, but usually the discounts are so small anyways that it's not going to sway your decision. My home insurance would have went down less than $10 per year.
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vkizzle wrote: Check out Ring Alarm, but you'll have to buy all new hardware.
I recently installed the ring alarm and bought their retrofit kit ($150 at staples, cheaper in the states when on sale with free shipping to Canada). It works with the existing door/window sensors to add zones into the Ring alarm. Unfortunately, doesn't work with the wired motion detector or fire alarms... But they have pretty cheap hardware for that.

Controlling by phone and getting alerts everywhere is amazing. And it's $15/month for professional monitoring, with cellular and battery backup (or less with annual plan) that also includes cloud storage for all your ring video devices and lifetime warranty on all hardware.

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