AT&T has announced that the company will expand their Digital Life
home automation and security services in six new markets starting September 27: Charlotte, Hartford, Jacksonville, Milwaukee, Oklahoma City and Tulsa. According to an AT&T statement
, these launches bring the total Digital Life market availability to forty five markets.
After a few fits and starts, AT&T first launched the Digital Life service in fifteen markets back in May, but plan to offer the service in fifty markets before the end of this year.
$30 a month and a $150 installation fee nets you a fairly stock home security setup that provides 24/7 home monitoring, while another $10 a month and an additional $100 installation fee provides up to three carbon monoxide and glass breaking sensors.
A flurry of additional home automation features can be purchased for $10 each, ranging from sensors that can tell if you've got a water leak, to remotely-manageable thermostats. AT&T is saying that they plan to offer their Digital Life platform in fifty markets before the end of this year.
While ISPs have been lusting after the home security market for years, their success on this front is uncertain. While Verizon, Comcast and others have launched home security services, they generally keep the number of users close to the vest. Clearly they see ample opportunity here, but it's primarily with higher-end customers with oodles of disposable income, given so much of this functionality can be done with do-it-yourself kits much less expensively.