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More information about this security system can be found at SecuredbySam.com and in the forum thread. -Corwin
UPDATE #2: I just got off the phone with their customer support.
Here's what I was told:
YES...you CAN use your own SIM card...any GSM card will work AFTER the 31st of December. What is going to happen is any device that is activated prior to the 31st on their site will be sent a PIN unlock code to the device on the 31st which will deactivate the existing SIM but unlock the unit itself. At that point Customer Care said you can use any GSM sim card in the unit. The programming will remain, and functionality will be restored. They said it's basically like unlocking a phone is what they are going to do so that it can function with any GSM sim at that point.
IMPORTANT UPDATE: According to THIS PDF ON THE OEM's WEBSITE the service/support/warranty will expire at the end of this month. No wonder they were so CHEAP! However, it appears that some are thinking that the unit might still function fine with a different SIM card in it OR that it will always function as just a local alarm (siren only). I'm going to order one of the cheap SIM cards on Amazon and add some cash to it and see if the unit still functions or not with SMS messaging. I'm also curious if I could potentially just call T-Mobile and reactivate the SIM card that comes with the unit...
I searched and didn't find anything here on Slickdeals for this one...I just ordered this so I can't review it or speak to it other than the 2 hours of research I've done online about it. Reviews look decent enough at 4 out of 5 stars.
SAM Security C5 Self-Activated Monitoring System
List Price: $199.99
(Next closest price I could find reputable was $29.99 for the system and 1 expansion kit from Rakuten, so still a better deal, and compared to other DIY security systems a smoking hot deal if it works well enough)
Details on the system here:
What's Inside the Box?
1 - Wireless Keypad Control
1 - PIR motion detector
1 - Door/window sensor
2 - remote controls
2 - rfid keyfobs
1 - ac/dc adapter
2 - standby batteries
The system also comes with a $25 prepaid T-Mobile SIM Card, which is how the system is both programmed and sends alerts via SMS text to your cell phone.
Quote :SAM C5 comes with a promotional $25 credit for SMS and/or Voice. Based on an average of 2 SMS' per day you should get approximately 5 month's usage and 60 minutes of Voice available to call out and to alert user of security events and allows for listen-in functionality. When $25 credit is depleted to $5, you will be notified to refill online at www.securedbysa
Video about the system:
I also ordered 2 of the Expansion Kit:
SAM Self Activated Monitoring Expansion Kit
List Price: $99.99
Price: $9.99 Free Shipping for Prime Members
You Save: $90.00 (90%)
EDIT: if sold out on Amazon it looks like Rakuten.com has the expansion kit even cheaper at 11 cents plus $6 shipping! http://www.rakuten.com/prod/sam-s...32288.html
THE BACKGROUND STORY:
I have been searching lately for a simple home security system that didn't require a monthly monitoring fee. Most do and those that don't typically cost between $100-300 and use either an internet connection or a home landline.
To my surprise I found this one and while I just ordered it I figured other Slickdealers might want to try it out too. For the price and fact that it's fulfilled by Amazon so easy returns etc...can't really go wrong to try it out. And the reviews are decent enough.
I figure if I hate it...it's going back easy enough. If I like it, it'll cost all of $30 hardware and around $25 a YEAR to have it send me alerts. I'm going to be pairing the system with a few Foscam cameras as well so that I can also see what's happening on my phone if the system sends me an alert.
SIDE idea: while you have to activate the SIM card through them, I wonder if you could also just pull it out afterwards and use it in a T-Mobile prepaid phone? Just a thought.
Effective December 31, 2014 SAM Security, LLC will no longer be
providing service and support for all Sam Security products including
but not limited to the following:
58050- DIY Kit- G5 GSM
58055- DIY Accessory Kit
58056- DIY Key Fob Remote
58057- PIR Detector- PIR 900
58058- PET PIR Detector- PIR 910
58059- Remote Control for DIY Kit- RC 80
58060- Door/Window Contact- DWC 100
58061- Glass Break Sensor- GT 456
58062- Water Detector- WI 100
58063- RFID Tag
58064- SIM Card
58067- Siren- CG WS 108
58068- AC Adaptor/Transformer- CG SA12V
WHAT DOES THIS TERMINATION MEAN?
•All product and service support for SAM Security will terminate December
• Your SIM card will be deactivated.
• Use of www.securedbysa
• You will no be able to access the www.securedbysa
account details and usage because it will be deactivated.
• You will no longer receive email notifications from SAM Security.
• Promotional credits of $25 will be void and all warranties are terminated.
• Customer care support at 1.855.325.5005 will be terminated.
• If you have a balance at December 31, 2014, SAM Security will mail a
check of the remaining balance at the address indicated on your account.
NOTE: YOU CAN STILL USE YOUR SAM PRODUCTS BUT WITHOUT SMS
AND CALL ALERTS
Update: Today Morning I got received the pack with out any sim card (they removed the simcard from the case)
^^^^^^ NO the sim card is already in the unit!
YES YOU CAN USE THE UNIT AFTER dec 31st.. You only need to swap out the sim cards!
NO the unit wont' brick.. NO you shouldn't return it, you should keep it!
YOU CAN RESET THE UNIT TO DELETE ALL INFO INCLUDING MASTER PHONE NUMBER. READ THE MANUAL.
YOu may also want to check out the android app TASKER and also google voice.
The sleep feature of the motion sensor is a battery saving feature! it is not a bug. think about it. appreciate it!
These are made by a Chinese manufacturer Chuango http://www.chuango.com
Inside circuit boards have Chuango logo.
There is a SAM C5 App for Android.
For iOS try G5 Alarm app from Chuango (works well for basic operations, syntax of some settings vary slightly). All apps make use of SMS.
There is a more detailed manual on some Dutch site.
On the backside there are terminals to input wired sensors (for those with older wired sensors already installed) and output an electronic lock . These can be potentially used to interface the system with some other smart thingie like an Arduino or Raspberry-Pi or motion ip cam.
List of confirmed working non-SAM accessories:
RFID Tags: http://www.ebay.com/itm/331336215...EBI
Wireless Glass Break Sensor: http://www.ebay.com/itm/315MHz-Wi...rmvSB=true
Wireless Water/Leak detector: http://www.aliexpress.
Pet Immune PIR: http://www.aliexpress.