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MobileHelp vs Life Alert

  Winnie Thomas

MobileHelp vs Life Alert

MobileHelp and Life Alert are both two medical alert companies that aim for the same goals, yet, they have quite a few differences in their prices, equipment, and other features. Down below are both of the companies’ products and prices.


MobileHelp is a relatively new company when compared to Life Alert. All of the technology embedded in their equipment is up to date and has helped make their products extremely reliable and effective for its customers. MobileHelp also has cheap, affordable prices so money shouldn’t be the reason that a senior or their loved one can’t afford a good medical alert system.

MobileHelp Classic

This at-home system needs either a cellular or a landline connection to operate; it comes with a base unit (has two-way communication) and a waterproof emergency button either on a wristband or on a pendant worn around the neck. The button has to be pushed within 600 feet of the base unit in order to get a signal through and this plan has available fall detection. In total, a monthly payment of $19.95 (extra $10 for fall detection) needs to be paid for monitoring services. There is no equipment or activation fee.

MobileHelp Solo

This is a mobile system that needs a cellular connection; it comes with a mobile device (does have a small speaker for communication) that has GPS tracking and either a waterproof wristband or pendant emergency button. The button must be pushed within 350 feet of the mobile device in order to get a signal through and this plan has available fall detection. In total, it’s $37.95 per month for monitoring services (extra $10 for fall detection) and there is still no equipment or activation fee.

MobileHelp Duo

This system is both of the above systems combined into a single package. This ensures protection at home, as well as on-the-go for seniors. In total, this plan is $41.95 per month (extra $10 for fall detection applied to both the in-home and out-of-home systems) and there is still no activation or equipment fee.

* Has a 2-month free trial for all customers

Overall, MobileHelp offers a good amount of effective equipment for relatively cheap prices on all of its plans. Even though they don’t have as much experience in the medical alert system market, they have surely outdone themselves when compared with other companies in the field, such as the most infamous company, Life Alert.

Life Alert

When people hear of a medical alert system, the first company they may think of is Life Alert. They are extremely popular for their well-known commercials, featuring seniors crying “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up.” But, just because they are popular doesn’t mean they are necessarily the best.


Life Alert’s at-home system is connected to a cellular or a landline number and comes with a base unit with two-way communication, a waterproof wristband or pendant help button, and an 800-foot distance the button can be pushed from the base station. The payments for this plan include $69.99 per month for monitoring or this can be paid annually at a price of $769.89 per year. Additionally, there is an activation fee of $96. The equipment is free.


Away From Home

This mobile system comes with an all-in-one waterproof device that can be worn on a pendant. It has two-way communication and GPS tracking, as well. This plan is $89.85 per month or can be $898.50 per year, instead. The activation fee is $198. The equipment is still free.

*No free trial at all

*No automatic fall detection available for any plan

Final Thoughts

All in all, Life Alert and MobileHelp can both be used by seniors, and could potentially have the same outcomes for the customers. But, MobileHelp can obviously be seen as the better option when compared head-on. For instance, MobileHelp has a free trial for new clients, fall detection capabilities for all of their plans, cheaper prices, and no activation fee. Nevertheless, when looked at closer, MobileHelp is the better alternative to Life Alert.

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