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Medical Guardian Pendant

Life Alert

Life Alert � Watch Pendant

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Philips Lifeline Pendant

Medical Guardian
Life Alert
Philips Lifeline
Cost for EquipmentFree equipment and no set-up or activation or charges. Shipping is $9.50 but waived with annual payment plans. Free shipping is also available with 90-day service commitments, when ordered by phone.The cost for equipment and shipping of the basic Life Alert system is between $95 - $198 depending on which program you choose.

The most basic package should be easy self installation. 
This fee includes all the equipment programing, life-time maintenance of the equipment, installation and activation. 

One time $50 activation fee PLUS:
$19.99 for shipping and self-installation or
$99.00 for shipping and professional installation

Cost Per Month$29.95/month (plus sales tax in some states)The monthly cost of the basic Life Alert system is $49.95. Options like carbon monoxide, smoke and fire monitoring are no longer available. There is also a one time setup fee of $95 - $198, as mentioned above.

The Life Alert In-Home system with Help Button cost is $69.90 per month, while the Life Alert system with Mobile cost is $89.85 per month. 

The first month is prorated and then they bill on the 3rd of the month after that. 
$29.95/Month and up
Advance Payment Discounts$89.85/Quarterly (No Discount)
$179.70/Semi-Annually (No Discount)
$329.45/Annually (One Month Free)
Yes, pay annually and get one month freeNo, none at this time
Monitoring Agreement Term3-Month initial commitment (includes a 10-day grace period to cancel and receive a refund). You will also receive a refund for any pre-paid monthly services after the initial 3-month commitment.3 Years and the rate is fixed during the contract term. In addition, if your loved one was to pass away while at home alone, Life Alert would refund 100% of all services that were received, including the installation fee. Can cancel anytime
Repairs or Replacement ChargesNone, replacements shipped free for defective equipment and battery replacements. Optional $5.00/month Protection Plan for damaged or lost equipment that could cost up to $350.00 to replace without it.None, replacements shipped for free if it is equipment malfunction. It's $49 to replace a lost pendentNone, unless you lose it, then replacement costs can range from $50-$80 depending on which system you choose - plus shipping.
Cancellation Policy & Discounts
Medical Guardian
Life Alert
Philips Lifeline
Cancel at Any TimeYesNo. Can cancel only with proof that 24-hour care is required for your loved one (in-home, nursing home, or a long-term care facility) or if your loved one passes away.Yes. Shipping and previously paid months not refunded. They do provide a prepaid shipping label to return equipment.
Senior DiscountAARP discount is 10% off an annual plan.NoNo
Other DiscountsVeteran discount is 10% off an annual plan. Can only use one discount at a time. Other limited time offers may be available.2 free months of service if you refer a customer to them and they stay with the service for at least 90 days. Yes, 30% military discount
Medical Guardian
Life Alert
Philips Lifeline
Approximate Button Range in Typical HomeThe Classic Guardian has a 1300' range.Up to an 800 ft. radius.Depends on home - 400-800 ft. range. Was told by sales rep that a 2000 Sq. ft. colonial home needs 2 units, at an additional cost.
Watch/Button Battery LifeBattery will last approximately 3-5 years. Has low battery indicator.Up to 7 years, per their website, or up to 10 years for Life Alert Mobile and Life Alert HELP Button options.
On one call with a sales rep, we were told all of their equipment had a 10 year battery life.
18 month battery
What Happens if I Lose PowerApproximately 32 hours of backup battery72 hours of battery backup30 hours of battery backup
Is the Watch/Button WaterproofYesYesYes
How Can The Button Be WornNeck and wrist options. Can choose both when ordering but a 2nd button will cost $2.00/month.Pendant and wrist. You get both when you order.Pendant or wrist. Choose when ordering
UL Certified EquipmentYesYesNo, but Listed by ETL (an OSHA Nationally Recognized Test Laboratory) to UL Standard 1637– Home Healthcare Signaling Equipment and FDA registered.
Does The System Automatically Test Itself To The Monitoring CenterMonthlyNo, but it sends a trouble signal. We were told they provide self-diagnostic equipment.Weekly
24 Hour Technical & Customer Support24-hour emergency support is available. Customer Support is available 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM EST on weekdays and 9:00AM to 5:00PM EST on weekends. Yes, except on SundaysNo. Customer service available 6 days a week, 8-10 M-F and and 6 hours on Sat
Monitoring Station
Medical Guardian
Life Alert
Philips Lifeline
TMA (CSAA) Five Diamond Certified Monitoring CenterYes, but not company owned.YesNo,but their dispatchers are EMD certified
Typical Response Time When Button PressedApproximately 30-45 secondsApproximately 15 - 20 secondsApproximately 20 seconds
Other Options & Information
Medical Guardian
Life Alert
Philips Lifeline
How Fast Does System ShipShips same day if received and processed by 3:00 PM ESTShips via UPS and arrives in approx. 3 business days. With Life Alert Classic or Life Alert 50+,you will also receive a phone call to schedule the installation of the equipment in anticipation of its approximate arrival.Equipment shipped same day
Do You Need Separate Systems For Mom & DadNo, but an additional button is $2.00/month.No. Additional $10 per month which includes the service and additional pendantNo. $10.00/month (or more) for additional button
Optional Advanced Features
Medical Guardian
Life Alert
Philips Lifeline
Activity or Inactivity MonitoringYes, with the Family GuardianNoNo
Senior Fall DetectionYes. Home Guardian and Active Guardian (optional).NoYes with the HomeSafe with AutoAlert system $44.95 and up
Cellular or No Phone LineYes. Home Guardian, Mobile Guardian and Active GuardianYes. $10.00 additional per monthYes with HomeSafe Wireless (add $12/month) and GoSafe (add $10/month)
Non-GPS Mobile Alert System For Protection On The GoYes. Alert 911 Assist option (911 phone) that can be added to the Classic Guardian or Home Guardian systems for $10.00/month.NoNo
Smoke or Carbon Monoxide ProtectionNoNot anymoreNo
GPS Medical Alert Tracking SystemYes. Mobile Guardian, Active Guardian, and the Freedom Guardian Smart WatchYes, with their Life Alert Mobile system. Yes - GoSafe $54.95/month and up + $149 for Button
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Medical Guardian
Life Alert
Philips Lifeline
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Medical Alert Advice was created to simplify your search for the latest medical alert devices. We created this handy cost comparison guide to include many of the features you will be looking for when researching emergency response systems. Whether you are looking for monthly fee information, pendant options, medical monitoring or automatic fall detection, this comparison chart has it. You are able to see if the company you are interested in has gps tracking, gps mobile alert devices, and a backup battery in case of a power outage. We wish you luck in finding the right medical emergency system for you or your aging loved one!

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