T-Mobile launching Nest security bundle with cellular backup service


T-Mobile has shown an interest in the Internet of Things in the past year, offering free service to IoT customers on AT&T that’d be affected by the carrier’s 2G shutdown and announcing plans to launch a nationwide Narrowband-IoT network by 2018. Today T-Mo made another IoT move in the form of a product announcement.

The T-Mobile Nest security pack is launching on Friday, November 10th. It’ll cost $240 down and $10 per month for 24 months, which works out to be a final price of $480.

This security pack includes a Nest Secure alarm system, a Nest Guard base with keypad, motion detector, alarm, and cellular backup service, two Nest Detect motion and open/close sensors, two Nest Tag key fobs, and a Nest Cam indoor security camera with Nest Aware service.


Customers who buy the T-Mobile Nest security pack will be required to sign up for a monthly T-Mobile Nest plan. This plan includes cellular backup in case your Wi-Fi goes down and Nest Aware service, which gives you intelligent alerts and 10 days of stored video footage. Pricing for this plan is $10 per month after a $5 bill credit.

You can buy this Nest hardware bundle without the rate plan, but you won’t get it at the aforementioned price. Instead, you’ll need to pony up $698.

The T-Mobile Nest security pack will be available in stores, through Customer Care, or by calling 1-800-T-Mobile.

Source: T-Mobile

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  • F4LL0U7

    This looks like a deal that’s too good to be true. The alarm system by itself is $500. This adds a camera to it for a total of $480. Is the $10/month subscription the only catch to this?

    • AxelCloris

      I’m not sure I’d call that a catch. The article says the $10/mo includes Nest Aware, which runs $10/mo by itself. It reads like you’re basically getting cellular backup for free if you’re setup for autopay. If the pricing listed here is accurate, I may be signing up on Friday.

      • F4LL0U7

        Right, seems like a pretty great deal. I’m just wondering how good the Nest system is. I wanted to get it, but I’m waiting for reviews first.

        • drem

          i definitely am interested in the security system, but did you guys see that the nest website says something about $5 cellular plan?

        • F4LL0U7

          Yeah, but this plan includes the Secure cellular backup and Nest Aware, which is $10 by itself. So basically you get a $15 value for $10. Or so it seems, at least.

        • nate_CO

          yes, that’s correct. the $10 plan for the camera and the $5 plan for the alarm system cellular backup… $15 value for $10 / month

  • Jay

    Sorry but that cellular backup plan is BS! Your speeds are limited to 512 kbps. I can barely load the Google home page at those speeds. Extremely shady on T-Mobile’s part..

    • F4LL0U7

      The cellular backup is just for the alarm system to be able to send notifications to your phone, not for web surfing or downloads or anything like that. 512 kbps is more than enough to send notifications.

      • Jay

        I still wouldn’t bet on that. When my speed has been throttled, so has everything else – including notifications.

  • Iphart

    One camera is not enough.

  • Cellphone Chris

    Most modern security systems provide cellular backup for free, and are actually monitored for burglary, fire, etc. I’m not sure why someone would pay T-Mobile each month for backup service on a system that uses wifi as it’s primary connection, and is self-monitored.

    • drem

      You got to be joking man.. if your security provider says it’s free is it really free? or an included feature that he’s making it sound like he’s “throwing it in.” Nothing free buddy you should know that by now. You are paying for it and probably a decent amount.

      • Cellphone Chris

        Here’s a bit more context:

        I stated the cellular backup was “Free” meaning there is no additional monthly charge for it. Likewise, the standard equipment bundle was also included at no charge (HD indoor/outdoor camera w/ night vision, 3 door/window sensors, 1 motion sensor, keypad, and touchscreen controller). Optional add-ons are thermostat/lighting controls, smoke detectors, etc., and can be broken into 6 installments if you don’t want to pay up front. Integrates with an app, online access portal, or from my TV, and MOST IMPORTANTLY, it’s monitored 24/7 by a central monitoring station who can dispatch police or fire, which gets me a huge discount on homeowner’s insurance. At $25/month ($600 for 2 years), it’s a better value FOR ME than what’s described above for $720.

  • token2k6

    I might be all in on this! Just got an email from ADT (like the 2nd this year) about how they are increasing my monthly by $4.00. So that brings it up to $71+ per month! When I started with them it was $48. That will be $1704 for 2 years vs the $720. We barely use our alarm except when we go on trips. I manage a retail store where we just signed up for Central Security and I got an alarm notification a full 5 minutes before the 1-800 service called me. All you need is the notification, you just want to know you’re effed by the time you get home, because once the police show up, whoever was in there is long gone.

    • nate_CO

      same here. my adt bill is up to $61 and my 3 year contract ends in December. I plan on going with this Nest deal through t-mobile or trying Ring’s new system coming soon.