$40 a month? They better come to my house and personally check my alarm for this! If you guys don't find a solution let me know and I will check with my subs as they have a variety of monitoring solutions available I believe.
Sammy - let's discuss what your subs offer and their pricing, and where are they located?
Your post for some reason rubs me a little bit the wrong way. It implies that I made some foolish error paying for this service. If I am indeed a fool for going down this route, please educate me and show me exactly how you know of an equivalent or superior service for much less money.
I like to consider myself a careful consumer, one who researches the alternatives carefully and decides upon the best choice based up my priorities.
$40 may sound a lot, but compared to the standard competing $30 - $40 for only telephone and cellular without the broadband enhancements for most security system companies I've talked to, it sounds very reasonable.
$40 is also very relative. For someone as inexperienced as myself with alarm systems, who desire more feature rich functionality out of the existing alarm system I have, it is very fair. For someone else who has more time, experience, and technical know-how, maybe it is a huge rip-off. That may be you, but that's not me, and that's not the majority of the home owners in the US.
Just by being on this site, I reckon we're probably the top 1% elitist in this home security space. You probably know 100 times more about home security systems than me, but I have done years of research, called around dozens of alarm / security companies prior to my home alarm install, and have continued to research security systems.
I have visited NextAlarm, DollarAlarm, called Alarm.com, spoken to local home entertainment & security installers about their recommendations for security systems, spent many hours on the phone calling security installers in the yellow pages and getting competing quotes, as well as calling the big boys - ADT, Brinks, Monitronics, etc. I feel fairly comfortable with my decision at the end of the day.
I feel like I have done my homework in terms of deciding to go with uControl and their service, in terms of what I have discovered.
If you know some much better alternative than I, please share them with an inexperienced beginner like myself and others here. This is the reason I joined this website, to ask for additional input, insight that I am unaware of.
Believe me, if there were a lot of security companies offering the ease of install and the features / functionality of uControl for a lot less, I'd have gone with those other companies.
AFAIK uControl is the first company that I know of that offers this unprecedented ease of install, and multiple redundant paths of communication to the mass market.
I'd love to get a hook up to a contractor's uncles' security company, but I have not seen or heard of a lot of similar alternatives to uControl.
Instead of bashing the $40, let's discuss the other alternatives, pricing, experience with them, pros and cons. I'm sure most people here will be smart enough to decide at the end if the alternatives are truly better values.