AT&T Digital Life Service Offers Whole Home Connectivity and Automation

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Don't call AT&T just a carrier, at least not any longer. The company most often associated with being the first U.S. mobile provider to offer the iPhone has branched out in a major way since 2007. At this stage, it's also offering phone, broadband, and pay-TV services under the U-verse umbrella, and soon, it'll also be dabbling into the home security and automation market. In fact, it's something we're pretty excited about. The home automation market has been largely underserved. The only major players require professional installation and cost tens of thousands of dollars per home. For most consumers, that's just way out of reach.

Starting this week, AT&T Digital Life is launching in 15 select markets, allowing customers in those locations to secure their home, check in on the kids, adjust the HVAC, allow a nanny in the front door, or close your garage up after you've left home in a hurry. The first markets are: Atlanta, Austin, Texas, Boulder, Colo., Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Philadelphia, Riverside, Calif., San Francisco, Seattle, St. Louis and select areas of the New York and New Jersey metropolitan area. AT&T plans to introduce Digital Life in up to 50 markets by the end of 2013.


The foundation of AT&T Digital Life is complete home security with 24/7 professional monitoring. Through AT&T-owned and operated, U.S.-based monitoring centers, professionals will respond to emergencies and alert police and fire authorities. Customers can choose which alerts they want to receive and how. AT&T Digital Life is an all-digital, fully integrated, wireless home management system, giving customers flexibility to manage their home from their smartphone, tablet or PC. Customers can purchase Digital Life regardless of their wireless or wireline broadband provider. The Digital Life application is available on most web browsers and apps are available for iOS, Android smartphones and Windows Phones.


Customers can choose from two base plans: Simple Security, which is the basic home security package; or Smart Security which includes enhanced security features and the option to add home automation. The former includes 24/7 home monitoring, 24-hour battery backup, a wireless keypad, keychain remote, recessed sensors and an indoor siren for $29.99 a month plus $149.99 for equipment and installation. The latter includes the benefits of Simple Security plus a choice of three of the following features: motion sensor, carbon monoxide sensor, glass break sensor, smoke sensor or takeover kit. Smart Security begins at $39.99 a month plus $249.99 for equipment and installation.

So, you buying in?
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sevags replied on Sat, Apr 27 2013 1:56 PM

MAYBE!!!! I have to talk to my mom to we what's the best route to go. We have been debating on buying a wireless security camera kit with DVR from Costco and I've been waiting around for AT&T to introduce this. If the functionality is there the the money price is very manageable I just don't want to have to pay for equipment too if there is a contract involved in my eyes it's 1 or the other either a contract and free equipment if no contract with equipment charges.

I just renewed our Uverse contract 2 days ago to once again drop our monthly price. I wonder if they would have had better specials if I waiting to activate this service at the same time...

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Why?

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sevags replied on Sat, Apr 27 2013 3:27 PM

Why what?

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ajm531 replied on Sat, Apr 27 2013 8:57 PM

this is actually really neat. Now i couldnt afford it but to have so much control from a browser or my phone is awesome. Now if could control my stove or microwave.

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rapid1 replied on Sat, Apr 27 2013 9:23 PM

Yeah; this is really neat and it is what I do every day as well. I have an iPad with the picture of that house as my main screen downstairs we do everything through it's interface. We went public yesterday although I am pretty sure television add's at least here in Atlanta are not yet active either.

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Clixxer replied on Sun, Apr 28 2013 8:20 PM

So I wonder is who is going to be doing the installs, a new tech position in AT&T or Uverse techs. 

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rapid1 replied on Sun, Apr 28 2013 8:30 PM

Digitallife has it's own field engineers Clixxer

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