Originally Posted by The Ghost of Tom Joad
Don't call ADT or any of the other big name companies. They're super expensive and lock you into long, overpriced monitoring contracts. Call a couple independent local companies and get a few bids. You'll save a buttload of money in the long run and not be bound to some silly contract. Example: my security guy installed a whole new DSC alarm system with an app I can control my alarm with from anywhere on the planet for $375 and $20/month no contract monitoring.
This is awesome info. Definitely something I will look into as well. I hate contracts, and since I'm in the military and move a lot, contracts are a hassle to get out of. I know most places usually make exceptions for military, but even when you follow their instructions on how to get out of the contract, you can still be billed for months/years after the fact and it sucks.