Back in February, I wrote about-- a sign that things were going well for the home security and automation service. And while AT&T won't disclose any information on its number of customers, it has just announced plans to add six more cities to its Digital Life-compatible roster on Friday, May 23. The addition of Beaumont, Texas; Omaha, Neb.; Toledo, Ohio; Greenville, S.C.; Cape Coral, Fla.; and Oxnard, Calif. will take the grand total up to 81 US markets.
In addition to its growing availability, AT&T has also introduced a new home automation device to the Digital Life mix. It's a $50 remote garage-door controller that's supposed to let you open and close your garage door directly from the Digital Life Web or mobile app. Monthly fees for this functionality include the requisite $40 Smart Security package along with the $5 door package add-on.
AT&T's Digital Life is a bit different than the home-security systems we've covered lately, likeand that include both security features and additional smart home options without a required monthly fee.
AT&T will also have to do battle with standalone smart garage devices. Take Android or iOS mobile app. There are no additional fees associated with Garageio. The same goes for Chamberlain's MyQ Garage. A one-time $130 charge includes a Wi-Fi hub, a door sensor, installation hardware, and instructions for using the free MyQ app.. This $150 gizmo uses your existing garage door configuration and additional sensors to help you monitor and control your garage doors via Wi-Fi on your
But, there's still a lot of interest in more traditional fee-based home-automation setups, at least if AT&T's expansion is a sign that business is going well. They can add convenience -- for instance, AT&T sends out its own Digital Life Technicians to complete the install for you. You just also have to be comfortable with monthly charges, two-year contract agreements, and termination fees if you decide to cancel early.