Consumer Complaints and Reviews
My experience with Vivint began in late May of 2016, and the service was cancelled on June 1, 2016. However, I still suffer with its lingering effects. They sent two young salesmen to my door to hawk their wares. Not long after inviting them in, I was in a high-pressure sales pitch with the two men and a woman on speaker phone. I signed a contract and accepted their offer of a free trial of the system. Before I could think or do any research about the company, the installation technician was at my door. He drilled holes everywhere to install their products. He was in my home for hours. After having it for only a short time, the camera for the door quit working (the same camera that alerted me every evening that someone was at the door, my tree).
By performing a basic google search of "Vivint reviews", I found countless negative reviews online. I suspect this is why the technician shows up so fast. I decided to cancel the contract within the ten day grace period. When I called the salesman who sold me the system, he answered the phone sounding as if I woke him up. This was in the afternoon. All he said was "Okay." I had a bad feeling that it wasn't over. After some digging, I saw that I must provide a written Notice of Cancellation to cancel. The Notice of Cancellation needed to have the date, service number, a written note expressing desire to cancel, and a valid signature. The salesman failed to mention any of this when I called. If I hadn't done that, I would've been locked into the contract.
When they removed their system, they didn't hook up my previous doorbell or thermostat properly. I found out the thermostat wasn't hooked up on a day that I really needed the furnace. I ended up sleeping in my toque that night. Today I have a doorbell that doesn't ring, holes in my walls, windows, and doors, and a bill from an electrician for $150.
Not only could they not install what they sold me, they removed the front of my thermostat and now I cannot control the A/C. The thermostat does not work. 2 days for me with customer support and a half day with their own tech who could not get help.
These guys are bullies. Had one show up at my house at 9:15 pm 7/25/2016 and pretty much forced their way into my house. Guy was extremely pushy and would not take no for answer. Tried to guilt me into buying by saying if I loved my animals I would buy this system. Kept high fiving me and hubby and me like we invited him in to hang out. Not happy and frankly I felt slightly threatened. I am calling other home security systems company to get comparison and go with one of those guys.
Salesman by the name of Kaden ** came into my home to tell me about Vivint's home smart system (June 23, 2016). I didn't qualify to have the system so he asked for the birthday of a friend to see if their birthday qualify - it did! I don't know how but my friend's name ended up on my contract for the system. Mr. ** told me that if I had any concerns, to call him. I did that on day 1 after reading the contract. I tried to cancel the system within the 3 day period they allotted. I called Mr. ** over and over again - he did not respond. I tried to not go over Mr. **'s head and get him in trouble. After several attempts to reach Mr. **, I saw no other way but to go above him.
At this point, (June 28, 2016) I am over the cancellation period and they will not let me cancel the system. The system is okay but the sales portion is very misleading. I asked all the proper questions as it pertained to the system contract. Mr. ** lied about portions of the contract and its content. Very unhappy about this situation. I'd rather not deal with Vivint ever again.
After knocking on my door after 8 PM, employee performed his sales pitch and I kindly said "I'm sorry, we are not interested." He continued to press for information and then stated "all your neighbors are getting our security system, it'd be a shame if something happened to you." At that point, I told him to leave my property immediately. Would rather deal with the mob than these terrorists ever again.
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DO NOT TRUST THIS COMPANY!!! The salesman LIE and make FALSE promises that the company will NOT back up. If they say they will adjust your contract terms, again LIES, they will trick you into a 5-year contract and hold your CREDIT SCORE hostage if you do not pay. When I spoke with customer service in the customer loyalty department, I asked point blank "I need your company to follow through on the services your salesman stated were a part of my deal or I need out of my contract," her response ON A RECORDED LINE was "Well that's not going to happen."
Vivint "slammed" us and would not let us out of the contract when I brought it to their attention. The sales person completely lied and the company did nothing to make the situation right. He told us that Vivint bought our existing home security company and he needed to upgrade our equipment. Later we figured out that we were contracted with 2 companies.
Our panel began freezing with no indication after working great for 3 months. We found this out when our 7 year old walked through the door with the alarm showing set. Touch the keypad and no response. A tech comes out a week later after two weeks of lockups. He forces an update and the doorbell and camera no longer works and says it's updating. They never connect again so system still doesn't work. Call them again and we have to wait more than 3 weeks for an appointment. Tech arrives and use our doorbell but we never know because it doesn't work, it's the reason for him coming. He leaves a note and reschedules us for 4 weeks later. This has been ongoing for longer than the system has worked. I miss my old system that worked with no issue. I guarantee if wanted to buy a system they would be here within a day.
So I have been with Vivint for about 3 months now and everything was going great. I have the whole setup and I was in love with how protected they kept my family. Well 1 month after having the system things began to fail. The alarm would be set, and I would come home from work and open the door to nothing (usually verbalizes that you need to put in the pass code to un-arm the system before the alarm sounds). I walk up to the tablet with the front door wide open and it states that everything is "secure". I proceed to walk through the house to the back door and open it with no change in the "safety" status. Motions sensors not sensing anything...
So being that I understand electronics and software can have issues I chat with Vivint from work the next morning (No one available to talk to me at 8pm). Now I understand that the people we chat with have no control over the protocols, they are just doing their job. I am chatting and explaining my issue with a Miss Emily. Let her know we have noticed small issues for 2 months now. She wants to run a standard test (I get it, they have a dumb checklist on their desk for problems). Well let's skip the testing because A) I am not home right now and B) I have been experiencing this for 2 months and why do I need to test anything when it does not work in "Active" mode? The issues are all over, there is nothing to pinpoint. Either the panel is bad or every sensor and camera went bad... I think it's more likely something is wrong with the panel.
Anyway Miss Emily informs me she can send a Tech to check on the issue but it is going to cost me a $24.00 trip fee (that she so politely waived down to $24 because normally it's $49). Now I ask... how is this good customer service? I am unprotected and they are trying to squeeze more money out of me? I pay monthly for this "security" system and something goes wrong with it and now I have to pay their Tech's gas bill?
Keypad started acting up over a week ago. I called Vivint and they updated the software and rebooted the unit. The gentlemen I spoke with said if it doesn't fix the problem of the system arming and disarming itself to call back. The next day the same thing started happening so I called in. They walked me through calibrating the screen and updated it again. The technician said if that doesn't fix the problem to call back. The very next day it started doing the same thing. I called in and was told they were going to send someone out to look at it and they would be in contact with me in 24 hours.
Fast forward a couple days, I didn't hear anything from them so I decided to call in. The woman I spoke with said their scheduling system was down and gave me a month's credit since I will be missing a month of my alarm system (she told me it wouldn't be until the beginning of February before someone could get out here). She said that she would be in touch as soon as they had someone to come out. It's Thursday now and still haven't heard from them about anything.
I really appreciated they gave me the credit, but they wouldn't have if I wouldn't have complained about it. Now my house doesn't have a security system and I'm not here most of the time. I have a wife and a 12 month old son that are totally unprotected. VERY unhappy with the service of this company. At the time of the install, the salesman practically Rams it down your throat and everything is rainbows and unicorns until things fail. All I want them to do is let me out of the contract and let me get a local company. I will not pay another bill.
I called customer service the beginning of August. I asked for a deferment of service since I didn't have a income. They told me that they would give me a 3 month deferment. The lady was rude, didn't thank me for my service and hung up on me. The next day I filled out a questionnaire on my service I had received. I told them I was not pleased and their representative was rude. They took two payments out in September and one out for October. Leaving me in trouble with my bank. I asked them about it today. I was told it was because there was a disconnect on my call. Excuse me but if it was in fact a disconnect why wasn't a call returned. Why when I complained about the customer service, they should have done a follow up call. This is poor service. I won't be recommending this company. ADT was a much better service orientated company.
I made two appointments to have an alarm system installed in my townhome. First appointment tech never came and never called. Called company was given a lame excuse for no show and offered two months free service. Second appointment tech did call but told me he wasn't able to keep 8-11 a.m. install appointment because it was Saturday and he lived in the Bronx. Then went on to give me some very long story about how he had to get to the warehouse to get equipment then would have to try and get to me. Also said I should not have been given an early install time for Saturday. I requested to speak to a Supervisor but that never happened. I wasted a lot of time with this company. Who by the way took their first month's fee upfront!
I recently was approached by this guy somewhat around my same age. I had just bought my first home this year and spoke to my girlfriend about security. My initial thought was a local company that was cheaper than most. I won't name the company but I received nothing when they set me up. I was super disappointed but really didn't have the time to understand what was out there - it was my first home. Anyways, this guy came to my house with an offer I kinda felt was sketchy at first, like too good to be true kind of thing ha but I heard him out! Let's just say I'm ridiculously happy! You don't know what you don't know, and I received far more sensors that I would of had to pay extra for with this other company.
You get what you pay for and although Vivint is a lil higher priced, I got cameras, door locks, thermostats, something called a glass break, and a smoke detector that actually alerted the fire department! Turns out my cheapy one before didn't have the fire aspect even though it said it did. I don't know, I just am really happy with my experience about a month ago. I told the rep I'd do this because it is deserved, and even made him stay for dinner! I don't really write reviews lol but finally got around to doing it. I'm very happy! It's not just a few sensors - Vivint really takes it to the next level and actually explained what, how, and why things did what they did. I knew where my loopholes were and never did I get someone to walk through with such a presentation. I def recommend Vivint!!!
Lisa MontgomeryHome 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.
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Vivint is a company founded in 1999 that offers security and automation solutions. The company's corporate headquarters are located in Provo, Utah.
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