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    Rated with 1 star
    Verified Reviewer
    Original review: Sept. 17, 2018

    Vivint came to my house and I did buy the system. But I have a five year contract each on the service and the product. They told me they could use my old motion detectors and that is not true. I have the front door camera but when I am away from the house the delay is too much to talk to the person. Even when I am home the phone delay is entirely too long. I also bought the door lock but they would not install the lock until I cut the hole in the door myself. They made an appointment to come back but they never did. Thank goodness I did not cut the hole myself.

    I have called to get a refund for the lock (which I never had possession of). They say they have not charged me for the install but I am still paying for the lock. The sales pitch seems okay until the installers arrive immediately so you have no time to reconsider. This experience is on my mind every day, I have had the system about a year. I really feel used and stupid for falling for this scam.

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    Rated with 1 star
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    Original review: Sept. 13, 2018

    I have never encountered a more frustrating and infuriating company than Vivint. Not only are they unethical and lie about the terms of your service, but then they proceed to provide the most unpleasant customer service. We purchased Vivint under the belief that we were in a month-to-month contract, only to find out 2 years later when we sold our house and needed to discontinue service, that we still had 24 months left. We were told we could pass the contract on to the new buyers or pay out the remaining amount. Of course, when the new buyers were unwilling to continue service, Vivint continued to bill us.

    I've called their customer service line over 6 times, encountering customer service reps who only seem interested in getting us to pay out our contract or renew it for a longer term in our "new house" (which we've repeatedly told them we don't have - we're in a situation where we can't get a security system). I will NEVER recommend Vivint to a friend or family member and after our ordeal, I will go to great lengths to make sure everyone I know hears about their unethical practices, incompetence, and unwillingness to help or be reasonable in any way. The WORST company I have ever used. One thing is for sure, we will be using a competitor when we do finally get a new system.

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    Rated with 1 star
    Verified Reviewer
    Original review: Sept. 10, 2018

    I was a Vivint customer for several years. I paid my bill every month, on-time and without issue. A few months ago I called to have my bill adjusted as I was struggling to reduce my expenses. They did change my plan and my bill went from $68 to $49. A few months have passed and I called this morning to cancel my service. I sold my home (needed to) and no longer need Vivint services.

    After calling all service vendors all others canceled my accounts with no issues... except Vivint. They claim I owe $1018 to "buy out" my contract. They claim, during that call to adjust my bill, they said I agreed to extend the contract term by FOUR YEARS. Why would I agree to that to save $18 a month?! After speaking with 3 different people at Vivint it became clear to me that this is how they are trained to operate. This is not right. Be very, very careful if you choose to be a Vivint customer. It is now my experience that they will do anything to try to lock you into buying services. I will also add that they offered me a few different 'buy out' options, which tells me this is a common situation for them if they had those options at the ready.

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    3 people found this review helpful
    Rated with 1 star
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    Original review: Sept. 6, 2018

    Our doorbell camera was offline every other week, had technicians come out but they never really fixed the actual problem, just provided "Band-Aid" solutions. When we moved out of our house and my husband and I had to move into new apartments in separate states due to the military and work, they wouldn't even attempt to work with us to cancel our service. We had to call several times to even get an initial contact for the "special cancellations" team. After several emails back and forth they told us we were stuck in our contract and had to either pay the rest of the contract (over $2600) or continue the service which was in our house we had already sold... So now we have to coordinate with the new owners to have Vivint pick up the equipment as they don't want Vivint. DO NOT SUBSCRIBE unless you want to be locked into a 5 year contract that you literally CANNOT cancel.

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    Original review: Aug. 29, 2018

    I have been trying to cancel my contract with Vivint for 1 year. Every time we come to an agreement, I receive another charge. I have even paid the fee to cancel early and STILL received another charge the following month. Every time I call, I have to fight with them because they want me to email the request to cancel AGAIN! They never actually reply to the email or confirm they received the email. The actual security system service works well, and we were satisfied with the service, but the customer service team with cancellations are doing illegal things to trap customers. As this point I am going to fight them with my credit card company.

    3 people found this review helpful
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    Rated with 1 star
    Verified Reviewer
    Original review: Aug. 28, 2018

    DO NOT USE THIS COMPANY EVER! They are not honest at all. I am so DAMN disgusted with them. I can't wait until this contract is over with them. I don't want to see another Alarm Company at my house. All of my cameras will work fine for me. STAY AWAY FROM MY HOME FOREVER!!!

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    Original review: Aug. 21, 2018

    I had a pretty bad experience overall with Vivint. On the positive side -- the products they provide look great and work great. The panel is amazing, and the notifications were handy. It was pretty awesome to be able to see who was at my door from work, and to be able to set the thermostats while I was on my way home... But like the customer service it was only a shiny veneer over an overall broken product with many shortcomings.

    Things started off great. They are extremely nice and polite over the phone. They got us set up with what we wanted and their big "no pressure" bit is to only bring what you request initially so they won't get accused of upselling you. The installer seemed like a nice guy at first, but went downhill fast. My wife set up the sales call, signed all the papers -- everything was in her name... but whenever the guy had a question he asked me. This was a red-flag for me when a technician treats a woman with disrespect like this.

    We had just moved into a brand new townhouse, it's 4 stories and was prewired with 2 doorbell chimes so that if someone was at the door you could hear it even if you were watching TV on the top floor. The technician didn't inform us that our existing chimes wouldn't work. He disconnected everything when he set it up. When he installed the panel, this information would have been helpful so that we could have put the panel someplace where the doorbell would be heard if we were charging our phones in a different room. As a result, he tore up one of the walls in the ground floor... And we'll come back to that later. It turns out that maybe it would work if we'd had a 16V-30VA transformer... But they claim that it isn't designed for that.

    We had ordered the Nest thermostats with the salespeople on the phone. Instead, they delivered the Vivint "element" thermostats which I thought seemed kind of nice, but nowhere near as full featured out of the box as Nest. The garage door that was installed in our house was apparently incompatible with Vivint and they had no workaround, resolution, or suggestions other than: install a new garage door opener. The "smart" application for climate control was more of a "smart-alec." It changed the temperatures seemingly randomly and took several days to properly program it. This was exceedingly frustrating and it happened out of the box.

    The door locks integrated well with the Vivint panel... which brings me to my next con. Once you dive into Vivint, to get the full experience you need to make sure everything integrates with the panel and phone app or you'll have a substandard and unsupported experience. The technician they sent was from 4 hours away, so as soon as he was gone he was loathe to help us out. He didn't successfully complete the doorbell installation, but was able to tell me how to fix it over the phone. He was not helpful at remedying any issues we had with the products.

    Next: THE SUPPORT. These people were a gilded nightmare. They are extremely polite, but not at all helpful and treat you with a sort of disingenuity of a person who doesn't realize not everyone has the same use-cases as they do. When we said that we wanted the chimes to work... or have some way of hearing the doorbell on the 4th floor they said: "Why don't you carry your phone with you everywhere?" They couldn't come up with a solution at all on their own. I asked if they have a secondary panel to their hub, the first person said: "yes, for $30." The second person said: "no, that's just some buttons with no sound, we discontinued the secondary panel." I talked to two people because no single person was able to help me. I had a series of issues and they bounced me from department to department to try to get some resolution.

    Over the course of 2 days trying to get an optimal product configuration I probably spoke with 8 different people. We found that both Ring and Nest have doorbell products that actually use the built in system to ring. They told us that we were silly for not using our phones and they had no plans to add that "feature" to their doorbell even though their competition was. We decided to return the doorbell. We asked if they could swap it for the outdoor camera. They said it would be an extra $70. Their website lists the camera at $199.99+$90 installation fee. We said: the camera is cheaper and we already had installation waived. I had to direct him to the website, actually read the address (he even argued about whether a "dash" was a "hyphen" with me). We were misled about how the doorbell would work, so you guys should make it right. The sales person put me on hold for a few minutes then said they couldn't do anything for us.

    That was pretty much the final straw, so we decided to cancel the service entirely. The "Customer retention" guy immediately offered to install the camera and move the panel free of charge. For me this was too little too late. He told us to email documents@vivint.com to cancel. So I did. We didn't receive a response, automated or otherwise.

    I called back the next day to verify, and I spoke with a woman this time. She ran me through the same spiel: "Oh, no, why aren't you happy? What can we do?" I informed her of everything that was wrong from the incompatible garage door to the doorbell that doesn't work to the fact that we were getting overcharged for the outdoor camera. She stopped me every time: "Well why don't you have your phone?" "Overcharged? No it's $279!" I told her the website said otherwise, she said, "No it's 279." I told her to look at her own website. She said, "Well that's wrong." I said: "Then that's false advertising." She eventually admitted that the cancellation order I put in yesterday didn't "go through." She scheduled a tech right there for us and we did get an email confirming.

    To be safe, I mailed back the notice of cancellation via certified mail, as well. These guys had worn out my trust. The icing on the cake was how incompetent and unprepared their uninstallation guys were. They sent 2 of them. Neither had a kit to patch our walls properly and they neglected several of the holes they left. They forgot to turn our upstairs AC back on when they replaced the thermostat. They didn't know how to fix the doorbell chimes properly, fortunately I was handy enough to figure it out, even though now they only ding and don't dong. Bottom line, half competent technicians, gilded products and service that belie an overall garbage product that is not fully featured. All of this is hiding a company which, had I done the research that this reader is doing now would know is highly predatory and almost as hard to get out of as AOL.

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    Rated with 1 star
    Verified Reviewer
    Original review: Aug. 13, 2018

    In the 2 years I've had 3 thermostats. The first 2 were installed incorrectly causing my emergency heat to come on when the air was running. After having HVAC check it out to say installed wrong. The cameras are poor quality and every time I call it's long wait and call times. The monthly fee is double the other competitors. Frustrated and trapped.

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    Rated with 1 star
    Verified Reviewer
    Original review: July 24, 2018

    This has been a complete nightmare dealing with Vivint, really liked the products and have had no problems with that. But after signing up and agreeing to the installment plan to the tune of $27/mo for the equipment I woke up to a charge of $1630 on my checking account from Vivint, so far one week later I still haven't received a penny back of my money that they agreed to refund and admitted to their error. Have an appointment to get the stuff pulled out of my house in 2 days and can't wait to be done with them. Think I'm gonna go door to door with my neighbors to make sure they don't sign up for this garbage.

    15 people found this review helpful
    Rated with 1 star
    Verified Reviewer
    Original review: July 23, 2018

    Panel has been dropping the wifi signal and we have made Vivint aware. Every tech has said they were confident to fix it. They were wrong. They sent a tech out without even letting us know. We were not home so we missed them. They will not let us out of our contract. Cameras also go offline. We are very unhappy.

    13 people found this review helpful
    Rated with 2 stars
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    Original review: July 14, 2018

    Had a door to door salesperson come by, he said that they were testing a new application (Streety) and were offering the system for a deep discount to a few homes in the area. My wife and I had been looking at options for more security for our home and unfortunately he caught me at a time when I hadn't really started any research into systems and their capabilities. It sounded like a great deal so I agreed to sit down and talk through things. He walked through the offer and in his/Vivint's defense broke down the costs and fees clearly.

    At this point I was interested and wanted to take some time to talk to my wife (who was out of town out the time and not reachable immediately) about the system and the costs to us per month, which as the Vivint salesperson explained were much lower than they usually offer (which I still do think is true). I expressed to him that I was interested but needed some time and in so many words refused my request. He said the offer was only available while he was there and that this "special deal" would be given to someone else in the neighborhood if I didn't take it. At this point I I should have said, "Thank you for the time and I would like you to leave" but instead I allowed myself to be pressured into the sale. He did agree to give us a week to try the system out and provided a Notice of Cancellation dated as such. He had an installer come to our house and put in the system the same day.

    The system itself worked pretty well besides some issues with the cameras and a glass break sensor going off. Later I talked to my in laws who live nearby and they said they got the same sales pitch that I had. That combined with the fact that there was no contact from Vivint or request for feedback on the app made me realize that the whole idea of giving me a system for a deep discount in exchange for feedback on the app was just a way for them to get their foot in the door. This combined with the issues I had with the system led to me canceling it.

    After I sent in the Notice of Cancellation I had to call to confirm the cancellation and schedule a time for the system to be taken out even though it sounds like on the NOC that is their responsibility. The bottom line is this, if I hadn't been pressured into the sale and been given time to do my own research then my (and Vivint's) time could have been saved. Some blame can rest with me too since I didn't politely refuse to hear about the offer before I could do my own research and feel comfortable with purchasing the system.

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    16 people found this review helpful
    Rated with 1 star
    Verified Reviewer
    Original review: July 3, 2018

    I bought this system through Best Buy and had a system installed --- the quality of the installation was subpar but adequate. I asked for a second doorbell to be added on and installed as an extra and was told by Best Buy and the Vivint rep that this would be done at the same price as the original discounted price for the doorbell. They came back to install the extra doorbell and wanted to charge me double what I had paid initially and was told I would pay. They said they broke their relationship with Best Buy and would no longer honor the discounts. I told them that I did not want the extra doorbell at the much higher price and told them that I thought their actions were improper and unprofessional - reneging on an agreed upon discount.

    Their tech was very young and inexperienced and I had to have him do some of the work twice with resulting needed extensive paint and drywall touch up by me. If I had to do it again I would NOT BUY Vivint -- and would certainly not have bought them if I knew they would break their relationship with Best Buy --- I want to see if Best Buy will honor the deal and get Vivint back out but at this point I think Vivint is not a company to rely on or use.

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    11 people found this review helpful
    Rated with 1 star
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    Original review: June 28, 2018

    I have been unhappy with Vivint. It was very easy to sign up and impossible to cancel. The door knobs are crappy. My smoke alarm hasn't been hooked up for over a year... they told me to replace the knob. I would be charged. There is no way to get out of the contract... my contract is up and I'm still jumping through hoops to be done with them. DON'T DO IT... IT'S A TRAP!!!

    18 people found this review helpful
    Rated with 2 stars
    Verified Reviewer
    Original review: June 27, 2018

    Let me start off by saying that I love my Vivint security system. I've had it for nearly a month and haven't had a problem. I love the doorbell camera, door lock, and the thermostat feature. The salesperson and the tech were very nice and personable, pushy to get the sale but not "too" pushy. The sales guy (Isaiah) still waves and says "hi" when I see him in the neighborhood or around town.

    Their customer service department, however, leaves something to be desired. We'd called several times to ask about the Google Minis we were promised and the lamp control we ordered, but did not receive at the initial set up - we stayed on hold for up to 45 minutes (not an exaggeration) each time. It was almost like they were avoiding answering the question about the Google Minis and would hang up before covering that part of the issue. So we tried using the chat function - no luck there - in fact, the chat was less helpful. FINALLY I resorted to email correspondence with someone named "Christine" who didn't actually read the emails I sent.

    After I explained the issue again (we did get one Google Mini when we got the lamp control installed later) she then wrote me that I probably misplaced the second one and to look around my house! When I sent a clip of the doorbell video of the tech only bringing in one Google Mini, I received a brusque response that the second would be sent through the mail. Again, I love my Vivint system, but if you are thinking of signing up with them, please do not expect to get a satisfying customer service experience.

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    8 people found this review helpful
    Rated with 1 star
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    Original review: June 5, 2018

    I had a new security system installed in my new home. Over $3,000 of equipment. This was done on the 26th of January. I have had nothing but issues with it since. I have had technicians out 14 times now and the doorbell camera still does not work. They have terrible customer service and will not get this fixed. I have called and called. They are supposed to be protecting my home and I am paying them to do that... FAIL!

    21 people found this review helpful
    Rated with 1 star
    Verified Reviewer
    Original review: April 7, 2018

    After numerous problems, such as getting errors on my mobile app that “Sky Control Panel is not responding” and “Command failed” and making numerous calls to very polite people at Vivint and getting no resolution, I have had 2 repair appointments that were no shows and no phone calls. In fact, I am waiting now on the second (4 hours) no show after calling the office and being told they were finishing an install and would be here in an hour. It’s ridiculous. I don’t know where they find the nice people to keep answering the phones if all of their customers get the poor service I have received. I guess the company feels that since they have you under contract then you just have to put up with it.

    17 people found this review helpful
    Rated with 1 star
    Verified Reviewer
    Original review: April 6, 2018

    Jason from Vivint claim to be Xfinity home alarm (LIE). Called Vivint the same day to inform they are not part of Xfinity. Was hung up on several times, several different numbers, no record of charging my card claim to not have me nowhere in their system but money taken off card. Scam company. Be careful. Listen with a third ear. Vivint is not part of Comcast nor Xfinity home alarm.

    16 people found this review helpful
    Rated with 1 star
    Verified Reviewer
    Original review: April 1, 2018

    My 90-year-old mother purchased an alarm system with system details and coverage beyond her means. The representative arrive in early am and spent over 4 hours convincing her to purchase an extensive security system. Approximately 12-14 months into the agreement, my mother was diagnosed with macular degeneration and is legally blind. Additionally, she is 75% immobile due to severe lower spine degeneration. I contacted the company on behalf of my mother and submitted corroboration of her condition from her attending physician. Also included, declarations offering additional corroboration of her inability to operate the system. During this period, the system began malfunctioning regularly. Alarm activating without cause resulting in an extremely loud high pitch shrill. My mother could not deactivate due to her limitations and calls to customer service left her on hold for 20-40 minutes.

    My mom is 90 and can barely walk. Over the course of 2017 - 01.2018, I sent numerous correspondences via email, fax and postal. I made numerous telephone calls to no avail. Although my mom's medical issues met the required criteria to void the contract, Vivint denied our requests and continued to bill monthly and harass my mom for payment. The harassment caused my mother stress and worry. She was threatened with collection attempts and Vivint reps contacted her bank directly after I cancelled the automatic debit. All documentation maintained along with dates documenting direct contact with Vivint. Medical reports documenting her acute limitations were submitting over and over. I also submitted a Demand letter advising Vivint to cease harassment of my mom and this was ignored.

    At the end of 2017 local law enforcement were called to my mom because the alarm system once again malfunctioned and the high-pitched alarm could not be deactivated by my mom. She was forced to call police from her neighbors because she could not remain in her home, customer service placed her on hold and the sound caused her tremendous stress. Local police pulled the unit out of her wall. Following this horrid incident I contacted Vivint again and conveyed the incident and threatened legal action for the continued harassment and their unwillingness to cancel the contract - even though all required criteria overwhelmingly met and corroborating medical documents submitted. Within days, an email from customer service received indicating contract cancelled and no funds due.

    Last Thursday, Vivint collections started up again. My mom was contacted and again threatened with collection attempts. The ongoing harassment by this company is beyond any description I can offer. Their behavior and actions crossed over into elder abuse. I fully believe this "method of handling" disgruntled customers is systemic and deliberate. I am sickened by the efforts I've exhausted addressing this company's tactics. They bully and harass. The rep conveyed inaccurate criminal statistics in my mom's area and scared her into purchasing a system designed for someone living in First Knox. I anxiously await a Class Action filing and will welcome serving as lead plaintiff. If you desire an ongoing nightmare consider their services.

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    39 people found this review helpful
    Rated with 1 star
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    Verified Reviewer
    Original review: March 28, 2018

    I've had nothing but problems with my Vivint system and their customer service is terrible. They are late or no show / no call for scheduled appointments. I had to resort to social media to get them to even respond to me, but instead of fixing the problem, they just blocked me. I would run and not walk away from them if I could.

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    Original review: March 24, 2018

    I purchased a doorbell camera from this company on 2/2/18, it worked two weeks and stop recording and notifying me when motion was detected. I need the surveillance because packages have been taken from my home and the mail carrier consistently leave my mailbox open. They even broke it by packing it with packages that’s too large. Each time I called Vivint to come fix the defective camera they make appointments weeks away and the entire time I’m without service. Recently after over a month of waiting for a professional to come the doorbell camera still wasn’t working properly so I purchased and paid for an outdoor camera which worked but it too never notified me of any movements around my home.

    I reported this to Vivint. They made an appointment for the next day in a window of 4-8 pm however at 6 pm they called me and cancelled my appointment stating the professional wasn’t going to come and they’d scheduled me for 8-10am the next morning. The professional arrived as expected and was as always very attentive to customer satisfaction but he’d explained to me he was given 40 minutes to complete this assignment. It took well over 40 minutes and he still wasn’t able to fix my issue but he did replace the doorbell even though it still wasn’t working. He sent a message to customer service of this and reset the panel box to a higher version that he said would fix the problem and would take an hour to reboot.

    So he had to leave. He told me not to touch the panel which I didn’t because I left at 10 like he did. I returned home at 9:30 pm only to see the panel still loading. I then called Vivint customer support who had me remove and unplug the panel and backup battery. The panel still got stuck in reboot mode with no change. Although the professionals are nice and courteous the Vivint service is awful. I wouldn’t recommend them to anyone at this point because they are a horrible security company and the products are no good. I’m paying for security and I’m getting ripped off because I’m simply not getting any service with them. That’s just bad business.

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    17 people found this review helpful
    Rated with 1 star
    Verified Reviewer
    Original review: March 22, 2018

    Pretty awful experience across the board with Vivint. I would NOT recommend signing up with them. At the time of installation, I did not realize it, but our Vivint technician (who was very nice by the way) left before finishing the job. He took off our old thermostats, put in the new Nest thermostats, but didn't bother hooking them up. I didn't realize that until late at night when trying to turn on the heat.

    He also left a nice mess for us to clean up from the holes he drilled into the wall. Not a huge deal, but would have been nice if he cleaned up his mess. Also he didn't bother installing actual power to the security system. Didn't realize that either until I went down into the utility closet and could see there was no power to the system nor he did finish connecting all the wires that lead down from the doors and windows.

    Okay, so you can't always control all your employees and what they're going to do. Maybe he was just one bad apple. That was not the problem. The problem came when I called Vivint and asked for someone to come back and finish the job. To my surprise the customer support person I talked with (who was very kind too) said they could not have anyone out to our house again for another 3 days. That's kind of crazy right? We don't have any heat. It's warming up as spring has begun, but there is still snow on the ground where I live and it gets really cold at night. When I explained that we don't have heat, and it was quite cold, she still kindly stated that 3 days was the soonest they could do it.

    I did escalate the issue and talked to a manager of some sort. She too was very kind and professional, but she too said 3 days was their best. She then suggested if we can't wait 3 days, to call a heating and air company to come fix the issue. Then send the invoice to their claims department for possible reimbursement. Really? Am I being unreasonable? You have a technician not finish the job. As a result we're now without heat (or a security system). To rectify the situation, the best they can do is send someone in 3 days? In the meantime, I'm still paying full price for a system that was not completely installed. This all seems nuts to me.

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    19 people found this review helpful
    Rated with 1 star
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    Original review: March 22, 2018

    We've had Vivint Smart Home since Jan. Since then, we've had electric bills more than triple! We kept hear our fan running and realized that there's no OFF feature for the fan on the thermostat. Only, on, auto, and two other options but no OFF!!! So, the thing has been running for no reason. We called today to have it removed but will have to pay for it. Smdh I want them to refund me money from our electric bills!!!

    13 people found this review helpful
    Rated with 2 stars
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    Original review: March 12, 2018

    When I enrolled with Vivint I was told I would have lamp modules, but when the installation took place they were not delivered. The motion detector was also not set up. I called and reported this to customer service and I was told it would be shipped to me. I still have not received the package. I am disappointed in the service. I went with Vivint because my first encounter was so great, and since it has been one let down after another.

    15 people found this review helpful
    Rated with 1 star
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    Original review: March 9, 2018

    Back in July 2017 my neighbor at our businesses got a new security system. The sales rep called me and told me he could put an alarm system in my shop also for FREE! (Well, you know you NEVER get anything for FREE.) I agreed to have them install the system in my shop and the HORROR started. They installed the system to my existing sensors, then they had to change my hardwire glass breakage and my backdoor lock to theirs (how convenient). From day one my system did not work, had to call the technician back out to my business, the cameras were NOT working, the system was going offline 24/7 and my phone app NEVER worked. I was calling the company 3 to 4 times a week, having a technician out to my shop 3 or 4 times a week, (Dear GOD, I was getting tired of seeing them).

    I was so mad. At one point they kept taking money out of my account I cancelled my debit card so they could NOT collect any more monies from me. They were on the phone with me and asking me to update my credit card and I SAID, "NO! NOT till you fix the problem at my shop!" They agreed to have a technician come out to my shop and he walked in asked me to show him where the panel was and he went to work on the unit. Left about 5 minutes later and said, "YOU ARE FIXED!" By the time it took me to pull my phone out of my pocket and check the app it was offline again, I went running after the technician. He said, "I will need to contact customer service department again and schedule another appointment." YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME RIGHT?

    So back on the phone with Vivint and the customer service rep now told me that the service call is going to cost me $49.99 for the visit. OMGOSH!!! At this point I told them to cancel my service. I AM DONE! And they will need to come and pick up their CRAP out of my shop. Their RUDE technician George came to my shop. Was to be there at 8 am and he called me 15 minutes before to tell me he was on his way. He was sitting in the parking lot waiting for me. I walked in and so did he and he was RUDE! He started telling me he was taking this and that and I said, "NO that was mine from the beginning. You were just using it for your system", then he said he needed to take the back door lock. I thought really? "Where is the one you took out of my shop?"

    He said he was not the one that installed it and he does not know where it is. "I know where it went. The technician threw it out! So you can't take a lock that protects my shop and you have nothing to replace it with and I am NOT going to spend a dime on one, since I had one when you installed your crappy service." After going back and forth with all the stuff that is NO LONGER in my shop that belonged to me he said I received a FREE Alexa and he needed it back! I said,

    "If it is something that looks like this, this is mine" (since my kids got it for my Christmas present). I told the technician, "PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE IT as I don't know how to work this one." The technician was demanding he needed it and he was going to take it since it was on the work order. I asked my neighbor (since we got our systems installed at the same week did she get one? She explained to me that she did not receive one.

    Vivint took everything out of my shop except the backdoor lock, and the Alexa (which is mine) and walked out called this guy that was in my shop "BRO" and told me that I was on the hook for the $4,000.00 for their system. REALLY??? I have an email that tells me something different, he said it was contingent on the return of ALL the equipment, I said it does not say that! So think again "BRO"! Here is their email! "This email is to confirm that your account has been closed with collections as well as with Vivint. You will no longer have any further obligations or payments owing on this account. Please let me know if there is anything else we can further assist you with."

    So I ask everyone to be careful with this company as they will try to SCREW you and NEVER HAVE YOU PROTECTED as they promise! My shop is protected NOW and the technician that came to install my new system could NOT believe the crappy workmanship, he said, "No wonder your system NEVER WORKED." Their (Vivint) system is for homes NOT businesses, I forgot to say, the reason for my system NOT working was that my system was trying to hook up to my neighbor's wifi and not mine, and hers to my wifi. UNBELIEVABLE!!! GOOD LUCK and I say go to a different alarm company if you are looking for one!

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    18 people found this review helpful
    Rated with 1 star
    Verified Reviewer Verified Buyer
    Original review: March 7, 2018

    Very unhappy about the whole situation. Main reason I order this is to be able to open and closing my garage door from work or out anywhere. Before placing the order I told the rep and the manager who called to verify the account before installations I have a MyQ garage door by Chamberlain. Told me that should be just fine. However when technician showed up stated, "No. Sorry. Can’t approved this type of service due to compatibility issues." I’d like for them to either shorten my contract two years and also buy me a new noise free garage door that’s compatible with their system and install it for free of charge.

    8 people found this review helpful
    Rated with 1 star
    Verified Reviewer
    Original review: March 5, 2018

    Beware of this company! After 10 years, I canceled home security service on 1.31.18 because we had disconnected our land line. I called the company and followed their process to the letter which included an email to them outlining my wishes to discontinue service. Guess what? I was billed in Feb and again in Mar for the canceled service. After my phone call today, I was informed that the could refund Mar but not Feb because it takes "one month to cancel service". If you happen to have this company and cancel- make sure to call your bank so they can no longer debit your account and take your money. Very dissatisfied with customer service.

    15 people found this review helpful
    Rated with 1 star
    Verified Reviewer Verified Buyer
    Original review: Feb. 20, 2018

    Vivint has failed to provided me with adequate service. I endured numerous defective entry door locks and thermostats, that had an impacted my business.

    May 2016, I contacted Vivint Smart Home Security to install a monitoring system (which included a keyless entry door lock, thermostat, door and window sensors) in my home located in Myrtle Beach, SC. Two years earlier, I had installed a monitoring system form Vivint at my home located at Rochelle Park, NJ. On June 06, 2017, less than a month of having my new system installed at my location Myrtle Beach, SC my keyless entry door lock no longer operated. My rental guests, that had checked into my rental unit was unable to gain access, they was locked out. I called a locksmith and paid $ 100. I had to compensate my paying guest for this inconvenience $100. I contacted Vivint about the problem and was told I had to scheduled an appointment for a technician to arrive.

    It took a few days to receive that appointment. I was informed by the technician, that the original entry door lock I received had been stored in the warehouse for a long period which caused poor battery life. A new entry door lock was installed. Two months later, I had to call back for the same issue. My guest renting my Condo unit was locked out due to the malfunction of the replaced lock. Again, I contacted a locksmith $85 my guest was again refunded $100 for disruption of their stay in my rental unit. This continued and in Jan 11, 2017 another tech was sent out this time for my Thermostat that was not delivering heat to my guest renting out my property. The guest had to be refunded $100 again for having no heat for several days until Vivint tech showed up. On April 02, 2017 @ 2am I received a call from my guest in Myrtle Beach that they are locked out of the Condo and unable to use the code to enter the unit.

    I contact Vivint and try working with their technical team to get my guests and their children back into the Condo at 2am. After a hour there was nothing Vivint could do. I then contact a locksmith to gain access. $100 charge for the locksmith and $100 compensation refund to my rental guest for the malfunctioning entry door lock. I spoke with Vivint the next day and filed a claim for reimbursement. I emailed my locksmith invoice showing payment and was deny reimbursement for guest fees. On May 09, 2017, I experienced the same lockout at my Myrtle Beach location again. This time @ 11pm due to the malfunctioning entry door lock in which my renting guest was unable to gain access using the code. I contacted Vivint, then contacted a locksmith again when Vivint couldn't solve the issue. $55 cost to locksmith $100 rental guest refund.

    On October 08, 2017, my renting guest was locked out again, entry door lock malfunctioning unable to use code. I contacted Vivint and my locksmith again. $85 locksmith $100 refund to guest. On Oct 22, 2017 the entry door lock malfunctioned again and also my thermostat went out and my guest had no Air conditioning (cool air in the unit). I contacted Vivint and had scheduled a service call. The Vivint tech showed up on October 24, 2017 the problem wasn't fixed and the tech had to return Oct 26, 2017. I had to refund my guest $100 for the inconvenience.

    On December 06 2017, my thermostat shut down again no heat and it was below 30 degrees in the unit. I contacted Vivint. Dec 07 2017 a tech was sent to replace the thermostat 8 hrs in my unit still no heat. He returned on Dec 08, 2017 still no heat. Scheduled another tech for Dec 09, 2017 12pm-4pm window. He didn't show. I called back after 4pm and got 4pm-8pm appt. Still no show.

    The next day, I called HVAC guy who came and installed a new thermostat in 30 mins cost $140.00. I paid $249.00 for the Nest Thermostat @ Lowe's. Total cost $389.00. I canceled my service via email and phone at both locations with Vivint on Dec 27, 2017. Vivint is refusing to cancel my service at this point. I had a phone conversation was with Josh ** and Morgan badge# ** in the loyalty dept. on Feb 06, 2018. I informed both parties that all phone conversation was being recorded. Both Josh and Morgan displayed poor customer service. Each, informed me they showed no record of me canceling my service. I then re forwarded the original email. On Feb 12, 2018, I received a text informing me to contact Vivint. I called and informed Thomas badge# that call was being recorded. I also spoke with Kassandra badge# ** and informed her of the recorded call.

    Both managers in the loyalty dept. explained that my accounts were not canceled and that I never requested cancellation. After a hour on the phone trying to explain the poor service and lack of communication within the company I ended the call with no resolution. I was contacted again by Vanessa badge# ** in the loyalty dept. on Feb 20 2018 with the same issue, having an active account. I again stated all calls received to my business or made by my business are recorded. I was told again by Vanessa badge# ** that I never summited a request to cancel my accounts.

    My Desired Resolution: Immediate termination of service at both locations (Rochelle Park, NJ and Myrtle Beach, SC ) due to breach of contract. I wish to have no contractual ties with Vivint Smart Home Security. It cost my company over hundreds of dollars to deal with the poor quality of service from Vivint. Now, I'm being told to spend more of my company money for their poor service and equipment. The representatives that I spoke to on the phone. Josh ** and Morgan # ** Thomas badge# ** Kassandra badge# ** Vanessa badge# ** had extremely poor customer service skills and Josh blatantly refused to answer my questions as a customer. He denied seeing my email of cancellation and actually started laughing when I questioned him about it. My company records all phone conversations for legal reasons. All calls are available upon request showing the numerous attempts made by me for resolution.

    Vivint is now threatening to send me into collections for the remainder of the contract. I informed them of the breach on their end for not providing adequate service and equipment to my business. In turn, I lost hundreds of dollars to contractors and rental guests. Not to mention, the hours of lost time constantly on the phone with Vivint. My resolution is a simple one. Since Vivint couldn't provide the service I requested, terminate the agreement.

    Invoices from my locksmith Affordable Lock & Key. I'm still trying to obtain the additional invoices from the same contractor. Invoice from my HVAC guy that was called out to replace Nest Thermostat on December 12 2017. It was 23 degrees outside and I had no heat for 6 days. I made the call to Next Generation Heat/Cool because I had no heat in my place for 6 days and Vivint sent two different technicians on December 7 2017 & December 8 2017 neither one fixed the issue. They then scheduled a technician for me on December 9, 2017 and that Technician never showed up. I waited 12pm till 8pm. I have the invoice for my Nest Thermostat I purchased from Lowe's $249.00 I also have the refund credits I paid out to my rental guests. Reimbursement for lack of heat/ac in unit due to malfunctioning Thermostat and being locked out of my rental condo unit due to a malfunctioning entry door lock.

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    16 people found this review helpful
    Rated with 2 stars
    Verified Reviewer
    Original review: Feb. 8, 2018

    I am very frustrated with your smart home devices, repair services, and maintenance policy. Your Technician don't show for their appointment when scheduled without providing a cancellation notice by phone call. Your salesmen stated this is the state of arts system, with many advanced features which was great at the time when offered. Recently I been having problem with sensors and your customer care or customer loyalty were not able to remedied these problems. Wow! For an top smart home security system company you are going to have to rise game in this field to compete with other competitor. Furthermore I think I am paying too much for this system monitoring service, without equipment replacement and repairs included. Give serious consideration to employing more technicians to serve your customers. I have many regrets recommending Vivint Smart Home to my neighbors.

    13 people found this review helpful
    Rated with 1 star
    Verified Reviewer
    Original review: Jan. 20, 2018

    I purchased doorbell, outside camera, and control panel at Best Buy. I own all the equipment. I am NOT on a contract with Vivint and was told by the representative at Best Buy that I could cancel at any time. The equipment was installed in November of 2017 and my account was debited. A couple of weeks later it dawned on me I was paying for security monitoring which I did not need. I called Vivint and cancelled my account. I sent an email to cancel my account as instructed by the company website. A few days later, my account was debited for another month.

    I contacted the Customer Loyalty Department on 12/09/17 and spoke to a female named Kelly who after I told her what I wanted tried to talk me out of it but I still refused and she advised me it would be cancelled. It never was done. I contacted my credit union regarding the situation and they set it up to reject any type of request for payment from Vivint. I sent a Certified Letter to Vivint and I received the card back showing a signature and date delivered. This was in December of 2017. on 1/20/18, I received an email stating my payment was rejected and a late charge would be applied. I have had it with the company! This has turned into the biggest scam/nightmare I have ever gone through.

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    11 people found this review helpful
    Rated with 1 star
    Verified Reviewer
    Original review: Jan. 17, 2018

    When I bought the system July 2017 I was told from the Salesperson Wesley ** did not have to have internet for the system to work. I called customer loyalty supervisor and she tells me that for the system to work properly that it needs internet.  So why would your salesman sell me a system when knowing I didn't have internet from the beginning and knew it needed internet to work properly and your installer coming home when he didn't have internet to hook it up to that is just a scam trying to scam people for money. A business should let a buyer know that without the internet the system will not work properly. I was never told that from the beginning.

    I have had two technicians out here. One of them replaced the doorbell camera because it was not working. So I called in to technical support a week after the technician come out and the technical support had to walk me through the steps of rebooting my doorbell again because it would not show on the panel who was at my door and the doorbell when the visitor ring it it would not ring inside. Then it went out again and I had another technician come out and reboot it and the next day it was out again. This is a faulty system and I should not have to pay for a faulty system that does not work. I want a full refund of the equipment cost and I want to cancel my contract immediately.

    I have contacted the Better Business Bureau and the Attorney General's office because Vivint has not wanted to work with me and give me a full refund of my equipment price, they just want to give me a refund for the doorbell camera but that's the reason I bought the system in the first place so I could see who was knocking at my door before I opened it. If I want a security system I want the full package from the same security company so if I have any problems then I can call that security company. I don't want part of your Security package. I want a full refund and you can come and take it. 

    I have talked to several customer service loyalty people that they say they are and they're going to take care of me by the end of the call which none of them does and was supposed to hear from somebody to cancel my contract today when I talk to a Maverick last night on the phone he said that somebody from the cancellation Department would be contacting me today. Of course I've never heard from anybody because nobody ever wants to return your calls when you want a refund. Your company needs honest people and all of your supervisors on the right page cuz everyone I've called has told me a different story.

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    Vivint Home Automation expert review by Lisa Montgomery

    Vivint is a company founded in 1999 that offers security and automation solutions. The company's corporate headquarters are located in Provo, Utah.

    • Community service endeavors: In addition to equipping customers with home automation systems, Vivint has a community focus, called Vivint Gives Back, doing good for the surrounding community including a fundraising drive for children with Angelman Syndrome.

    • Eco focus: Vivint is a company dedicated to helping the environment, and it offers customers ways to cut back on their energy use. The company also has a division called Vivant Solar, which offers customers the opportunity to create solar-powered homes.

    • Affordable options: Vivint is known for offering some of the most affordable home automation options available with services starting at only $70 per month.

    • Motion-activated video feature: Vivint's home monitoring system offers a unique motion-activated video, which means customers can see what their pets are doing at home.

    • Special services for military families: Vivint offers special services for military families, including benefits and special contracts for families of deployed military members.

    • Best for: Owners of both luxury and mid-scale residences, elderly homeowners and homeowners with young children.

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    Lisa Montgomery Home Automation Systems Contributing Editor

    Lisa Montgomery is a seasoned journalist who has covered and reported on a variety of topics in the home automation industry for more than 15 years. Knowledgeable about the technology behind and the major players of home automation systems, residential security systems, smart thermostats and more, she is able to translate technical terms into language that consumers can understand and will find informative and useful.

    Vivint Home Automation Company Information

    Company Name:
    Vivint Home Automation
    Year Founded:
    1999
    Address:
    4931 North 300 West
    City:
    Provo
    State/Province:
    UT
    Postal Code:
    84604
    Country:
    United States
    Phone:
    (844) 245-5579
    Website:
    www.vivint.com
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