Advertising Disclosure

We may earn money from our partners when you click a link, complete a form or call a phone number.

We believe everyone deserves to make thoughtful, informed purchase decisions. As a result, we provide our buyers guides and local guides free for consumers. We may receive compensation from our partners. However, Retirement Living independently researches companies, and the compensation we receive does not affect the analysis of our staff. Retirement Living will not include companies on our guides that do not meet our quality standards. The compensation we receive from our partners may impact how and where companies appear on our site, including the order in which they appear. As an Amazon Associate Retirement Living earns from qualifying purchases.

Retirement Living independently researches companies, and we use editorial discretion to award companies with special recognition (i.e. Great Value) based on our staff's judgment. We do this to help you identify companies that will meet your specific buying needs, and we do not receive compensation for these designations.

Get Insider Access

Get special offers, advice and tips from Retirement Living delivered to your inbox.

LifeFone

4.35 Stars (1 Reviews)
Updated: January 25, 2023
By: Jonathan Trout
Jonathan Trout
Content Manager
Jonathan is a former product and content manager for Retirement Living. His background spans sales/marketing, finance, and telecommunications. Jonathan’s expertise in consumer wellness and research-backed data stories helped educate seniors on financial planning, retirement, and community resources. Jonathan graduated from Oklahoma State University with a B.S. in Environmental Sociology.
Content Manager
Edited by: Jeff Smith
Jeff Smith
Sr. Content Manager
As Retirement Living’s senior content manager, Jeff oversees the product and publishing of all retirement, investing, and consumer wellness content on the site. His extensive expertise in brand messaging and creating data-driven stories helps position Retirement Living as a top authority for senior content and community resources.
Sr. Content Manager

LifeFone has been providing medical alert systems to consumers since 1976 with a call center based in New York and two other backup call centers in the United States. LifeFone offers some great perks with their medical alerts systems like adding a spouse or significant other to your plan for free (there’s a charge for their wearable device) and no price changes as long as you are a customer.

LifeFone Logo

Editorial Breakdown

Coverage Area 4.8 Stars
Battery Life 4 Stars
Features 4.5 Stars
Ease of Purchase 4.3 Stars

Overall Rating 4.4 Stars

Bottom Line

LifeFone offers five medical alert systems with varying features for at-home or on-the-go use. Subscriptions services can be billed monthly, quarterly or annually. Read about our picks for the best medical alert system companies by clicking the link below.

LifeFone Medical Alert Services Review

LifeFone provides medical alert systems for customers who are at risk of falls, stroke, or live alone and need the security of quick access to help in an emergency. The company offers both home-based and mobile systems, and fall detection is available at an additional monthly charge.

Pros

  • Price stability guarantee
  • Call center and backup facilities are located within the U.S.
  • Free spouse coverage available

Cons

  • At Home Cellular System only available with AT&T

LifeFone Medical Alert Services Products

  • LifeFone At Home Landline and Cellular: LifeFone At Home medical alert systems include a base unit with your choice of a waterproof wristband or necklace you wear at all times. The base unit and the wearables have an emergency button you push for help to contact a LifeFone operator via the base unit speaker. If the ultra-sensitive microphone in the base unit does not pick up your voice so you can speak with the operator, emergency services are immediately dispatched.

    LifeFone at home

    LifeFone At Home Systems, Source: LifeFone

    If you can communicate, the operator will assess your need and send help. The base includes a high- and low-temperature sensor to alert LifeFone in case of dangerous in-home conditions, and you can upgrade to add the fall detection feature for an additional monthly fee.

    LifeFone At Home Landline uses your home’s telephone landline for communication. The LifeFone At Home Cellular system operates with AT&T mobile service, included in your LifeFone medical alert system plan.

  • LifeFone At Home and On-the-Go GPS: LifeFone’s two GPS-enabled medical alert systems use the AT&T cellular network so you can feel secure that help is available at the push of a button whether you are out of the house or in your home. LifeFone subscriptions include the cost of the cell service.

    LifeFone on-the-go

    LifeFone On-the-GO Systems, Source: LifeFone

    The At Home and On-the-Go GPS medical alert system consists of a base unit and a mobile device that you can carry in your pocket. Both have emergency buttons to get in touch with a LifeFone operator with two-way communication. Take the mobile device along with you where ever you go, and LifeFone can find you using GPS location services if you need their assistance. The range from the base unit is 1400 feet, and you must be within 600 feet to communicate via the mobile device.

    A waterproof necklace with fall detection technology and an emergency button is optional. If the wearer falls, LifeFone is alerted automatically whether the wearer can push the emergency button or is too incapacitated to do so.

  • At Home and On-the-Go VIP Active: LifeFone’s At Home and On-the-Go VIP Active model offers a pendant with two-way communication and an emergency button that is worn around the neck. LifeFone’s At Home and On-the-Go VIP Active system works on the AT&T network. The use of AT&T’s cellular network is included in your LifeFone service subscription.

  • At Home and On-the-Go, VIPx This is LifeFone’s smallest and most lightweight model, it is also their most powerful option. The VIPx uses either Verizon or AT&T’s 4G LTE nationwide cellular network. This model is water resistant and features a long lasting battery.

LifeFone Medical Alert Services Costs

You can get a LifeFone monthly medical alert system subscription for just under $25 a month if you choose to pay annually. There are also discounts for paying quarterly, or you can pay the monthly rate if you want to try the system before making a long-term commitment.

LifeFone Medical Alert Monthly Subscription Fees
Model Billed Annually Billed Quarterly Billed Monthly
At Home Landline $24.95 $27.95 $29.95
At Home Cell $30.95 $32.95 $34.95
At Home & On-the-Go $36.95 $39.95 $39.95
At Home & On-the-Go
VIP Active
$39.95 $41.95 $43.95
At Home & On-the-Go
VIPx
$38.45 $43.95 $45.95

Other than the cost of your plan, you incur no other expenses unless you add options like fall detection ($5-$10 per month), daily check-in calls from a LifeFone operator ($19 monthly) or using the base unit yourself to check in daily with LifeFone ($6 a month).

LifeFone Fees and Guarantees

LifeFone’s guarantees apply to all of their medical alert systems, regardless of model. There are no activation, equipment or shipping fees.

  • 30-day money back guarantee: Risk-free trial

  • Cancel anytime: Pay only for the service you used before returning the equipment. While annual subscriptions require a contract, no time commitment is required

  • Price guarantee: Once you subscribe to a plan, the price will not change as long as you are a subscriber

  • Equipment guarantee: All components for normal use and wear and tear

  • LifeFone Protection Plan: Add $5 a month for the Protection Plan to cover possible damages resulting from dropping equipment, spills, accidental mishandling, loss or theft. The plan covers one base unit and two emergency button wearables per year

LifeFone Medical Alert Services Complaints

LifeFone Medical Alert Services has an “A+” rating with the Better Business Bureau (BBB) with only one complaint on record in the last three years. Reviews across trusted sites like TrustPilot and ConsumerAffairs are mostly positive. LifeFone Medical Alert scores 4 out of 5 stars on TrustPilot with scattered complaints regarding fall detection not working properly. LifeFone has a 4.75- out of 5-star rating on ConsumerAffairs with 680 reviews, and consumer complaints were addressed satisfactorily by LifeFone.

lifefone policies

Source: LifeFone

LifeFone Medical Alert Services Q&A

  • How do LifeFone operators know who to call for help if I don’t need an ambulance?
    LifeFone subscribers fill out an emergency care profile online with the names and contact information for family members or anyone else you want to be contacted on your behalf if you need help. For example, you may have a neighbor who is happy to help if you are having some trouble at home that’s not a medical emergency. Subscribers also provide LifeFone with medical information, so that trained operators can provide the proper assistance.

  • What if I buy a cellular LifeFone medical alert system and travel outside of the AT&T network area?
    Your system will work just about anywhere in the U.S. However, there are still parts of the country with no cell towers, and no mobile network-supported system will operate in these locations. Use AT&T’s coverage map (click on the 3G and Data options) to verify cell coverage before traveling to know if you can use your LifeFone medical alert system while away from home.

  • Do I have to buy one of LifeFone’s mobile medical alert systems to use when I travel?
    Not necessarily. You can use the At Home system while traveling, but you will need to call LifeFone each time you move the base unit to a new location. Since the On-the-Go systems use GPS to find you, you can travel with those models freely without calling first.

  • Can I wear my LifeFone emergency button wristband or necklace in the shower?
    Yes. LifeFone pendants and wristbands are waterproof, except for the Voice-in-Necklace, which is water resistant. All wearables can be worn in the shower or bath.

  • Do I have to sign a long-term contract for LifeFone medical alert service?
    There is no long-term contract required for LifeFone services, but there is a service contract that you can cancel at any time without penalty.

Concluding Thoughts on LifeFone

With one out of five falls resulting in a severe injury each year and seniors being more likely to fall and get hurt, medical alert systems offer a lifeline and independent living. LifeFone is highly rated by customers and has very straightforward and reasonable pricing. Retirees are healthier than ever before and are more active and likely to travel. LifeFone’s At Home and On-the-Go systems offer complete freedom, and the At Home models provide security so you can live in your home longer.


1 LifeFone Reviews

Write Review
5 Stars

June 10 2019 2:06AM

My husband has ALS and this has been so helpful. He has the pendant with fall detection. There have been several false falls that have been detected and the operators are so kind and caring.

Aleta H.
Miamisburg, OH