Vivint Smart Home offers home security, security cameras, and home automation devices for residential homes. Right now, the company has no activation fee. However, if you opt to finance your equipment, you're locked into a 5-year contract with high monthly fees.
Because Vivint has received an abundance of negative customer reviews, we recommend you compare Vivint to the best home security companies in the industry.
- Vivint Smart Home Automation Features
- Month-to-Month Contract Options
Vivint Smart Home Automation Features
One of the ways Vivint is trying to separate from the competition is by positioning themselves as more of a 'home automation' solution. Customers can use either Vivint's SkyControl Panel or Google Home as a hub to control and communicate with all their smart home devices. The great thing about the SkyControl Panel is that it uses two-way audio to communicate with Vivint's monitoring team, so customers have instant access to support.
To control smart devices remotely, homeowners can use the Vivint Smart Home app. Vivint's app is highly rated in the Apple app store (4.6/5) and Google Play (4.5/5). With the app, you can control and see the following:
- Arm and disarm home security
- Lock and unlock your front door
- Check the status of your window and door locks
- Open garage door
- View live feed on doorbell camera
- Use two-way audio with doorbell camera
- View live feed on indoor and outdoor camera
- Turn lights on, off, and dim
- Adjust smart thermostat
- View smoke detectors
Vivint's home automation system is compatible with common smart home hubs, such as Amazon Echo, Google Home, and Amazon Alexa. For environment controls, Vivint sells both the Element Thermostat and Nest Thermostat.
For lighting, Vivint integrates with Philips Hue - LED bulbs that you can control the brightness levels of with your voice or mobile app.
Month-to-Month Contract Option
If you purchase all of your equipment upfront from Vivint, you can be on a month-to-month monitoring contract with them, meaning you can cancel at any time. Without purchasing equipment upfront, Vivint locks customers into a 5-year contract.
This month-to-month contract is a great option for those who want to own their equipment immediately, which will cost anywhere from $500 to $1800, depending on what equipment you want to purchase.
- Costly Equipment + High Monthly Monitoring
- Undisclosed Pricing
- 5-Year Contract
- Negative Vivint Reviews
Costly Equipment + High Monthly Monitoring
Vivint's 24/7 monitoring packages start at $39.99 per month and go up to $49.99/month for video monitoring.
This is a bit higher than other leading industry providers, considering equipment needs to be purchased separately.
Specifically, their lowest plan is priced considerably higher than other industry-leading providers and their respective lower plans.
The table below compares home security systems from Vivint, Protect America, and Frontpoint. The two big differences you'll notice between Vivint and Protect America is 1) upfront costs and 2) customer satisfaction.
Protect America doesn't have any upfront fees, Frontpoint has low upfront fees, and Vivint has high upfront fees.
Next, Protect America customers rate them an average of 8 out of 10, while Vivint customers rate the company an average of 1 out of 10.
Another point worth mentioning is Vivint's 5-year contract vs a 3-year contract from the compared companies.
Another point worth mentioning is that Vivint doesn't display their package or individual equipment pricing on their website.
Instead, the company relies on door-to-door salesmen to advertise technology and pricing.
In order to sign up with Vivint or get an estimate, you'll either need to talk to a salesman in person or speak to customer service reps.
In our section below on negative Vivint security reviews, note that the door-to-door salesmen sometimes have high-pressure sales tactics, don't fully explain the contract, and make some homeowners feel like they have to make an instant decision.
Vivint provides equipment free of charge, with one major caveat.
You're basically signing a 5-year (60-month) home security contract.
And these contracts aren't too forgiving for those who want to cancel their home security or are moving. A customer is expected to pay the remaining balance of their contract in the event that they try to cancel early.
Vivint has professional installation service- there is no option for DIY installation - which some people prefer. The company charges $50-$200 for this professional installer.
Negative Vivint Reviews
There are many negative Vivint reviews from customers on our site and the majority of them touch on poor customer service and the long contract that ranges from difficult to impossible to get out of.
Common themes among these customer service reviews include:
- Deceptive sales tactics
- Poor service
- Poor billing practices
- Slow technician response time
You may be wondering why there are so many negative reviews of the Vivint alarm on BestHomeSecurityCompanys.com, when other review sites rate them high and have positive reviews.
Unlike other review sites, we do not allow companies to pay to remove reviews, nor do we filter out reviews just to boost or lower a company's overall score.
We have received over 1,500 negative reviews here on this website regarding Vivint from real customers.
Vivint is a well-known home security company that does not charge for its devices upfront.
The smartphone mobile app allows you to control your home security systems and smart home devices from wherever you are. However, with a 5-year contract and high monthly monitoring rates, Vivint's home security systems may be too expensive.
Most importantly, we recommend choosing a company with better customer reviews. There are also more affordable home security companies that don't tie you down with long contracts and have a deeper history of high-level customer service.
Vivint Home Security and Smart Home Packages
Vivint has various home security solutions (24/7 professional monitoring) with a variety of equipment available.
If you use their monitoring services, you will be personally alerted via the Vivint Smart Home app, and if your alarm goes off, their customer service reps will call you and assess your situation before dispatching emergency personnel.
How Much Does Vivint Cost?
Vivint Home Security's equipment costs anywhere between $599 to $1,789+. The company also offers three home monitoring packages: one for home security, one for home security and locks, and one for video monitoring.
The prices listed below are for monitoring only. You can purchase your equipment upright at cost, or you can finance your equipment for an additional $5 to $30 per month, depending on how much equipment you want.
Smart Protect: $29.99/month
- SkyControl Panel (smart hub)
- Vivint Smart Home mobile app
- Alarm - burglary detection
- Door / window sensor
- Motion sensor
- Glass break sensor
- Smoke / fire sensor
- Carbon monoxide sensor
- Flood / water sensor
Smart Protect + Control: $39.99/month
- Monitors equipment in the Smart Protect package
- Smart door lock
- Smart garage door control
Smart Complete: $44.99-49.99/month
- Monitors equipment in the Smart Protect + Control package
- Vivint Doorbell Camera: HD camera, 180-degree view, night vision, two-way audio, live streaming, custom push notifications, and visitor detection.
- Vivint Outdoor Camera Pro: 1080p video and HD zoom, 140-degree view, night vision, two-way communication, detects threats, and sends notifications to your phone.
- Vivint Ping indoor camera: HD wide-angle lens, two-way communication, infrared night vision, one-touch calling, and custom mobile notifications.
If you purchase a video monitoring subscription from Vivint, you can have 30 days of cloud storage for up to four cameras (doorbell camera, outdoor and indoor camera. Add another camera for additional costs. The 30-days includes 24/7 camera footage stored to the Vivint Smart Drive (1TB).
- Car maintenance reminders
- Location tracking
- Tamper alert
- Sync with your home automation or home security system
How Do I Cancel Vivint?
To cancel your monitoring contract with Vivint, you will need to send in a written request that includes your name, address, and account number. If you are in a 5-year contract with Vivint, you will have to pay the entire balance of your contract when you cancel. Make sure to cancel within the window the company gives you. Customers who have tried to cancel even a couple of hours outside of their cancellation window have been denied.
How Long is Vivint's Contract?
When you do not purchase equipment upfront, you will need to sign a 5-year contract with them. If you want to purchase all of your equipment upfront, you can be on a month-to-month contract. Don't want to pay for equipment upfront or be locked into a 5-year contract?
Does Vivint Offer Solar?
Yes, Vivint Solar operates separately from Vivint Smart Home. Customers may be able to integrate their solar panels with their Vivint Smart Home and manage all from one hub.
|Monthly Monitoring Fee||$39.99-$49.99|
|Install & Equipment Fee||$500-$1800|
|Contract Length||60 Months|
|System Relocation Fee||$99|
|Number of Reviews||2,302|
|Review Last Updated: May 15, 2020|
Real Customer Reviews
The home security reviews on our site are left by both customers organically looking to share their opinions and customers whose opinions have been solicited.
In order to ensure the legitimacy of reviews on BestHomeSecurityCompanys.com, all reviews are moderated by real people. We check each review for fraud and violation of our review guidelines. Customer reviews are unbiasedly checked and used to rank the home security companies on our site. You can read the breakdown of how we rank companies here.
Kimie loeffler Denver, CO
May 20, 2020
I wrote them to cancel after 5 years of contract , paid last payment they still continue to send bill. I made many times phone calls for several months finally they said I don’t owe any payment. After 4 months later I received a letter from collecting agency . It’s my bad nightmare. The worst company and horrible experience!!!! I owe$324.95 if I don’t pay they are punishing me by bad credit rating. I’m not paying.
Tony Las Vegas, NV
May 20, 2020
Poor up front paper work/ contracts. Poor camera view, can't see packages delivered. Poor phone app...does not work... freezes. poor panel software...need to tap commands several times. No manuel or demo. Do not recommend!Tony
Dan h Fort St. John, BC
May 19, 2020
very deceptive. I will no renew with them
Imani Miller New Orleans, LA
May 14, 2020
Terrible customer service. Instructions and support information is not clear or easily accessible. Support reps seem to be following scripts and not trying to understand and address customer issues. The system is definitely NOT set up for landlords. I have had a terrible time trying to set my account up remotely.
Rick Irving, TX
May 12, 2020
Told the salesman I wanted a stand alone unit not monitored. Just 4 cameras & door bell. I wanted something I can monitor from my phone. I agreed to pay the 1st month but wanted it cancelled immediately. 2 unauthorized charges of over $60 to pay for services I did not request. What I ended up with was not what was agreed on at my house. Did not even receive Sam's gift card as promised several times. Sam's club manager says its Vivints responsibility, Vivint says I have to take it out with Sam's as they are supposedly Sam's employees. wasted over $2k with equipment I can't monitor from my devices with there apps unless I pay their extortion money. Very deceptive, I will be contacting BBB.
Rose NJ Oakhurst, NJ
May 9, 2020
great so far - love it - the tech knew what he was doing without hesitation the bad reviews are stupid as far as I'm concerned - other systems I used never called you when an alarm went off. And I didn't pay what they said and my monthly fee is lower than there's - time will tell - and as far as complaining to the company - try calling your credit card - try being smart.
Diana El Paso, TX
Apr 29, 2020
Had it for 6 years, not with it. My contract kept getting auto-newed. After a year of equipment not working and them never able to fix it, we canceled our contract. I called , sent an email, they sent a confirmation email that my cancel request was received, I sent a check with a copy of that email. I put a stop payment on my bank account. A YEAR and a month later my account was debited by Vivint. I called, the rep confirmed I had canceled, paid the account off, but then said I still owed something. No. He changed his tune when I said I put a stop payment but they bypassed it by changing the amount. So now I have filed complaints at BBB and will file more. Vivint is horrible. DO NOT SIGN VIVINT'S CONTRACT OR GIVE YOUR BANK ACCOUNT INFORMATION. THEY WILL DEBIT YOUR ACCOUNT EVEN IF YOU CANCEL.
Lisaa Kanata, ON
Apr 25, 2020
Purchased the equipment outright and paid 59.99 each month for monitoring. The system would barely work- can’t hear the doorbell most times and the cameras were slow to load. I called to request a cancellation after a full year of wasted money. Cancellations should have be easy since I was month to month and since the units were temperamental at best. The customer service person told me that I needed to put it in writing and 30 days later the service would be cancelled. 5 months later, 3 phone calls, 8 emails, and 4 accumulated bills, they finally closed my account. Now I have a door bell that doesn’t work, monitors through out the house, 4 cameras and a sky panel that I need to get rid of and start from scratch with a company that actually cares. What’s worse, when I called to cancel, there was zero effort to remedy my problem and keep me as a customer.
Ashley Hardison Addis, LA
Apr 21, 2020
The equipment never works. I spend a lot of my time on the phone or in chat with a representative taking me through trying to fix the issues that end up never truly being resolved. I don't want to pay a company and I'm the one doing the work. The cameras don't record like they should. I don't recommend this company to anyone.
Orlan Paulson San Jose, CA
Apr 19, 2020
I got locked into the 5 year payment plan contract. I was very disappointed with the camera function; may times I was unable to see anything from my phone, even tho I got an alert than someone was at the door. A technician came out finally to replace the doorbell camera, but it soon quit working also. I was also very disappointed by the auto door lock; it required 4 new batteries per month at least. Vivint also had to replace a faulty thermostat. But the most frustration with Vivint has been after my contract had expired! I had finished my required contract term and wanted to cancel. Besides being tired of the high monthly fees, we were moving out of the house to Fort Worth, and I wasn't going to transfer the service...I was DONE with Vivint! That was at the beginning of Oct 2019, and I jumped thru their legal hoops for emailing the cancellation request and everything else, and was told it had been approved, and that my automatic billing would stop.... NOT!!!! It's been six months now, and just about every month, after my bank account gets hit by another monthly bill! I called Vivint, spend at least half an hour explaining their stupidity, waiting for them to review my records, talk to their supervisors, validating my claims, making more notes on their computer, and having them e-mail me a statement to that effect before I hang up, with the PROMISE that it's all been taken care of this time, my account is cancelled, and that I should be getting a refund check in the mail in about 7-14 days. Well guess what! Six month's later, I STILL have no refund, and I'm still getting billed again, for a "service" I've cancelled 6 months ago! So, here it's the 18th of the month again, and I've been billed now for yet another month, didn't get my refund yet, and so now it's that time again to call Vivint ONCE AGAIN!!!! Am I going to have to get a lawyer to get their attention!!?? DON'T SIGN UP WITH VIVINT!! THEY ARE NOT HONEST; THEY JUST RIP YOU OFF!! signed, FRUSTRATED PAULSON
Micah Welborn San Jose, CA
Apr 17, 2020
The salesman was completely dishonest and misrepresented the contract. My contract was 4 years and i knew at the time I would not be in this house for 4 more years. The salesman acted like it was no big deal to get out of contract if moving. Secondly, the technician messed up my expensive front doors when he installed the keypad deadbolt. I have regretted going with Vivint ever since
Apr 15, 2020
I ordered the system, asked for the monthly financing. I got the hit on my credit, and they charged me full price anyway. When I called in to get them to refund my credit card, I was told that accounting was not in on Saturdays, yet my card was charged on Saturday. I called back Monday, 2-3 times, and no one could help me. I called again on Tuesday, spoke with several different people who also could not help me. By then I was frustrated, asked to speak to a supervisor, but no supervisor would talk to me, since I was frustrated. On Wednesday, I spoke with an agent, he even gave me his agent number, when I called back, I was told I could not be connected to that agent. Spoke to 2 more people, until finally, I gave up and cancelled the service. They never sent me my contract, they apparently had the wrong email address, yet the technician who came to my home, verified it with my twice. Only at the point that I cancelled my service, did anyone call me to "offer customer service" at this point, not only do I want NOTHING to do with this company, I only want people to know my experience. It took several more days for my refund to come in. I have yet to have their system removed. They took my original thermostat with them, so they better plan on bringing me a new one. I would never recommend them to anyone. BEWARE
Chris Lersch Detroit, MI
Apr 15, 2020
All the above cons are correct. I was out and out lied to by my sales rep. He told me there was no contract and then I was stuck with overpriced equipment for 3.5 years. Sure there's no upfront equipment cost but they charge you an exorbitant activation fee due the first month. Avoid these scam artists. Then when I cancelled, they insisted I provide the names of potential customers I may know. Do your own legwork Vivint.
Apr 14, 2020
I called vivint after being refered by a friend. I called serveral times because it seems as if each representive was giving me different pricing. I wanted be sure about what I was getting myself into. I scheduled the install, the installer name was Robin he was very professional and on time. He arrived at 8am after going over everything the pricing was off from what I was told. Robin call the office and got everything situated so we can move forward. The problem was he could not get his computer to reflex the pricing that was just told to us both. Robin called back all for a manger to tell us she could not honer the price that was just given to us both and her quote was the final one. Robin did his best to rectify the situation because we had both heard the pricing. In any case I ended up cancelling the install and will have to find another company. I am a business owner and was planing on referring all of my clients and family members to vivint but I will tell them not to bother. I felt bad Robin wasted 3 hours here all for nothing.
Apr 14, 2020
This security system and company are scam artist. Their Customer Service sucks! My mother (who is a strike victim and suffers from seizures) has been a customer since 2015. When given the opportunity to upgrade in March 2020 she thought why not. 4 Technicians, a large pack of AA batteries, and a brand new thermostat that causes the AC to go offline EVERYWEEK later we are now stuck with the seemingly incompetent customer service who is ok with a disable person dying in her own home due to lack of air. I had to drive 4 hours to get my mother and still no resolution with the company....I would recommend going to ANYONE else besides ViVint
Apr 14, 2020
Their backup battery system lasts no more than 2 hours, after electric goes out. They have not been able to fix my doorbell camera after 4 months - told me it's a glitch and they are working on it . Two of their servicemen could not fix it after working on it for hours!
Jackie Smith Dallas, TX
Apr 13, 2020
Vivint is the absolute worst I have ever seen. The equipment they installed is not new equipment and it's very expensive. It keep going out and they refuse to come out to replace my window sensors after several false alarms. They sent me the sensors by FedEx and told me to put them in myself. I have tried several times to cancel this mess and was told I would have to pay almost $2000 to cancel. What a horror this has been. I do not recommend this company to anyone
Apr 13, 2020
I used their service for about a year. The app tended to crash frequently and the sensors were unreliable. Getting a technician to come to the house required an ultimatum of ‘send out a technician or I will cancel my policy’. Finally after comparing their monthly fee with our level of satisfaction we cancelled. The following month we were billed for their monitoring service. Upon calling the company I found my account still open as if nothing had changed only to be informed that I now needed to send in written direction to cancel my account! I was not told anything about sending in written instructions during the first call. Overall this company was difficult to deal with and not worth the expense.
Apr 13, 2020
Absolutely the worst company we’ve ever dealt with! Got locked into a 2nd 4 year contract—supposedly my husband said “yes” on the phone (they recorded it) so waiting 2 months to finally be FREE! We moved and had to wait 3 months to get installed in new house-technician made mess of our walls and out sensors where we didn’t want-told us couldn’t override them and with small dog-rendered system unusable. Worst customer service and technicians just horrible! Last 4 years we’ve not been able to use system-don’t even think about a credit or getting out of contract!!!! Filed complaint with BBB. RUN DON’T WALK AWAY FROM THEM!! # BuyerBeware
Apr 9, 2020
Company sucks system sucks stay away
Apr 7, 2020
Have been trying to cancel my account since August. Even paid a large fee (nearly $1,000) to get out of my auto renewing contract. When I first canceled my account they said I was good to go. Fast forward to February and I receive a call that my account balance is low. I explain to the rep that I canceled in August. He sees the large payment on my account and it turns out it was applied as a credit and not as a cancellation fee and that that amount had been going toward my monthly fee even though I HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO SERVICE OR EQUIPMENT. The rep said it was Vivints oversight and that he would take care of it, I didn’t have to do anything. Today, April 7th, I receive another call from Vivint that I now have an overdue balance. I explain for the third time that I canceled my account last August and paid the fee. The person said they don’t have record of a written notice of cancelation, and unless I can prove it to them I owe them an additional $159 dollars as my account is overdue. I explain that I canceled in august, and said that I confirmed it again in feb, when I was told it was Vivints error and there was nothing more I needed to do. I also reminded them that I had absolutely no equipment at my new home, so a system wouldn’t even work. It fell on deaf ears. So I am still trying to cancel my account 6 months later. Not to mention all the tech problems I had while I was a customer. If you want good efficient customer service and don’t like being ripped off, keep looking for a different company.
Tyler J Brown
Apr 7, 2020
Vivit is absolutely the worst company out there the equipment is terrible as well as there customer service i have had nothing but trouble from vivit and the problems keep coming if i had to rate vivit i would definitely give them a 0 vivit is only out for the money not to help there customers i regret going with vivit and anybody tbi king of joining vivit save your self and ur money ans take your busines else where the best thing for vivit is to close the doors and never reopen very very very poor service and customer service vivit definitely dont stand behind there word vivit do your self a favor and go out of you guys are vivit su ks always ha e and always will
Apr 6, 2020
Absolutely terrible and dishonest company. Vivint was partnering with Best Buy when we found out about them. We liked the fact that they said if we bought the equipment up front (we spent about $2000) that there would never be a contract and we could have it monitored if we wanted for $30/month, or we could call and skip the monitoring and not pay anything. I called to say we did not want the monitoring but was told I would not have access to the app on my phone if I did that. What's the point of a smart security system if you can't access it anytime or anywhere! Extremely disappointed with their customer service and lack of honesty. We paid a lot of money for a security system that is useless!!!
Apr 6, 2020
Vivint has very deceptive sales representatives. They do not provide all the options available to you and they do not explain how very difficult and costly it is to cancel service. I won't go into all the details about the actual service--just read the other reviews. I found them to be very accurate about the actual service. I would never recommend them to anyone. I certainly wish I had read the reviews before signing on with them.
Apr 6, 2020
Let us start at the beginning. In 2015 I started my service with Vivint in my old home. Everything went great there. I was looking at moving and made sure I could move my service without any issues which Vivint customer service told me I could. They advised that the new owner of my old house could take over service and payments for the equipment there as well. When I moved I had a whole new system set up at my new house, leaving the old equipment behind and convincing the new owners to keep Vivint since I had no issues with them. For several months after setting up my new account and transferring my old one I was being charged for both accounts. I called to have this rectified which they did for a few months until the charges started again. I called again to explain the issues to which I was told that I was given the wrong information and that I would still need to pay off the old equipment. Needless to say this did not sit well since I was lied to by Customer Service again, once during install and once when I called to ask about the move.After awhile going back and forth with "Customer Service" I was finally refunded the money which they had taken for the old account. Now at the new house I have had issues with connectivity and equipment failing to work as advertised. I called for a new door sensor since mine stopped working, even with new batteries. I was told they were on back order and I'd have to wait for it to be shipped. Now a year and a half later I'm still waiting. My DVR/Smart Drive function stopped working as well with no warning. Lucky for me I had two incidents on my property during the time that it was down and no recording was captured. When I contacted "Customer Service" I was told it was a problem on my end, not their equipment. I didn't change anything with the Smart Drive and did all the troubleshooting they advised and it's still my fault that it doesn't work. I wasn't even offered a home call for a tech to come out and fix the issue. More recently the Covid pandemic has impacted me and my family, through health and financially. I'm have lost half of my family income due to the virus and there is no reprieve in site. On Vivint's Cancellation Policy page it states: "At Vivint, we understand that sometimes the unexpected happens. We also know that when the unexpected happens, changes must be made in your life. Because of that, Vivint is proud to offer a cancellation policy that is sensitive to unfortunate circumstances. If a death, bankruptcy, transition to an assisted living home, or other extenuating circumstance is the reason for your decision to cancel Vivint, please call 1-800-216-5232 x5020 for assistance." After having contacted them the only relief they can offer is a few months without payment. They refuse to cancel a policy due to an extenuating circumstance which is out of all of our control, world wide. Being a first responder with a wife who was also on the front line of the virus in her field of work I am appalled with the way this company is treating its customers. It seems like all they want is the money. No care for the individuals who keep them in business.
Apr 4, 2020
Crooked, crooked and crooked
Apr 4, 2020
Purchased system from door to door salesman..bad mistake, as he and his wife were walking in my neighborhood. The next day, a technician came and installed (attempted to install) the equipment. After being there for 6 hours, he couldn't get the system to work. He came back to our home for the next 3 days after that. We were able to contact the representative and he assured us that no payment was do until the system worked as it should. We continued to call and call, but slowly lost contact with anyone willing to help. I finally spoke to a representative (very disrespectful, refused the cancellation request and advised that I would still have to pay the balance). Shortly after we gave up, we moved to a rental home. Fast forward 1.5 to 2 years later, a collection shows up on my credit report for $5200.
Debbie D Hopkins Chicago, IL
Apr 2, 2020
After my initial contract was up I called to cancel. Instead they renewed the contract for another 42 months. I have paid for 18 months for nothing. They will not cancel the contract unless i do a buy out. They have very shady sales practices.
Pilar Martinez Marin
Apr 2, 2020
The camera is really poor quality and doesn't even detect movement. They will try to charge you to upgrade you. The 60 month contract makes me feel like they need to trap you and lock you in because eventually you'll realize it's not quality and you'll want to leave. Shame on me for agreeing to such long contract.
Apr 1, 2020
Vivint has been horrible! We had them for about a year or two when we lived in TX. We had a lot of issues with the equipment during that time. My husband and I are military and moved to Florida last year. We called to have our services cancelled once we made it to Florida and I was told that we were good to go. This was last year in November. Fast forward to now we got a bill saying we owed money. Confused as to why I am getting charged, I call back and Vivint says we owe them since we never stopped our service with them. I told them the entire story of me talking with someone and cancelling and they told me that it never happened and that their employee had told me she had deferred my payments by two months instead......so I asked to hear the phone call, they told me I couldn't listen to it unless I took legal action. So now we are stuck paying a bill for service we did not receive. I will never use this company again. Absolute horrible service and customer care!!! Especially during a time where we only have one person working in the household due to the virus and what's currently happening. If your thinking of using Vivint, look somewhere else. Not worth it!!!!
Mar 30, 2020
Absolutely horrible customer service and absolutely unreliable technician installation / and recall to fix problems resulting from the initial installation. The installation was incomplete, and within days the system components started to signal failure or issues. Two missed appointments by the installer plus 2 additional missed appointments made through the Vivint Customer Service Department. Promises to call back after my installation was labeled "prioirity" did not occur. Installed equipment failed to work as described by the installer. Vivint was very responsive when it came to the credit card charges - they get a "10" for ensuring they got paid!
Mar 29, 2020
I agree 100% with you!! Vivint service sucks! They are so wonderful before signing up.. but inece technician leaves ohhh you are in for a horrible experience!!! I disputed account with my credit card company and I am hoping I will get a refund. I paid equipment in full $1500 but it is the cheapest equipment and doesn't work. I reached out to them to get them to come fix equipment and they said all I needed was an update etc... long story short 2 m they didn't fix any of the issues so I contacted my credit card company and disputed charge, now I am trying to return equipment but Vivint says it's mine to keep and refuse to give return address. I have called several times differenti depts. Until finally a representative told me We will email you a return label, check your spam and inbox and I did and nothing was ever emailed. I called again and they said there were no notes of anything or anyone to send a label via email, they are liars!!! So if anyone has the return equipment address please share, I want nothing to do with these Liars, thiefs.
Mar 28, 2020
Absolutely the worst experience I have ever had with any home alarm system company. the sales person was over promise and under delivery, I have been billed 3 times more than I was suppose to pay and when I went to billing history there were no detail indicate why the bill has been that high. had a very bad installation, when I call in for assistance seems like they don’t know how to fix it over The phone but if they send a technician I will have to pay $129. I am so mad with this unethical company and even more mad with myself cause I still have 4 years left on a contract, I will definitely cancel it after this COVID-19 situation and I don’t recommend anyone to get any service from this company.
Mar 28, 2020
Their equipments are not good. There are using cheap stuff
Mar 27, 2020
I wish there was something worse than 1 star to give Vivint Security. I was going out of town and looking to get a security system, when someone from Vivint knocked on my door around 8:30 at night. They give you a lot of information, but not the details that may cause you not to choose them, or at least take some time to think about their 'tonight only offer'. I've had problems from the very beginning with the cameras going offline, the security screen freezing and the front camera recording randomly. I called in today to see if I can suspend by service for 3 months and found out my contract is for 5 years, which was not disclosed. It turns out they make your contact the same length of the bank loan for the equipment. They will defer my service for three months, but will add those three months to the end of my 5 years. It was $1800 if I wanted to cancel altogether. Then they kept me on hold for a period of time like they're trying to work something out, only to tell me there's nothing they can do. I gave them a choice - either suspend my service for 3 months or defer it with the understanding I will find every opportunity available to write a review on how they do business on top of how bad their equipment/service is. So here I am sharing my experience. Since it's getting close to the time of year when Vivint will begin sending people out, hopefully people will read these reviews before they sign on the dotted line for anything with Vivint Security. Also, if you already know you have issues with your wi-fi signal, then it's definitely not worth the money to invest in a Vivint system.
Mar 27, 2020
The install was completely unprofessional and the sales tactic was very shady and the guy even joked and laughed at how they trick people. Install took a very long time 4 guys walking in and out of my house. One broke my ceiling drywall. Left wires everywhere. The wiring in the attic is absolutely messy and dangerous. Caught one of them in a room that had a closed door videotaping my pet.
Mar 27, 2020
Worst money i ever spent, nothing works properly. Costly JUNK
Mar 26, 2020
This has to be the worst company out here. Before signing up they make you do a video basically promoting them. I started having problems about a month after they left. It's been malfunctioning every since (a year and a half). You can forget about any technical support coming to help.
Mar 25, 2020
I did not have knowledge of their 5 year contract. They have yet to send me a requested copy of the contract. I became a customer in 2014 and when I called asking to change my plan they claim I agreed to a 5 year extension of my contract. However, I deny such agreement and asked that they send me poof such as a document or recorded copy. The service rep put me on hold to do so then came back saying the file was too large to send and that their policies have changed and can no longer send that information. How convenient. My system has not been working for over a year. They came once and never finished the job. When I called again, no one ever came. The person helping me today seemed to be asleep or just waking up at 1:00 pm. No customer service skills what-so-ever!
Mar 25, 2020
Felt like we were scammed, Horrible equipment, terrible customer service, and they took money out of my account and said they where going to put it back in because they were crediting us 2 months and instead they took the money out anyway and then said they are charging us twice a month for 1. for service and the other for equipment, one amount is coming out of my account and 2. the other is coming out of my husbands account, I'm calling the bank they won't get anther out of mine.