Consumer Cellular, a nationwide mobile carrier company focused on the 50+ market, introduced their version of a cellular based, GPS enabled personal emergency response system called the Ally earlier this year. The Ally is a simple to use mobile medical alert device that can be used anywhere there is cellular coverage.
Consumer Cellular Ally is simple and hands-free.
The Ally has one button to press if help is needed, keeping this medical alert extremely simple. The Ally also has automatic fall detection in the event that a fall is detected. Setup was a breeze and took about 20 minutes. The system comes with comprehensive instructions that were easy to follow. No land-line required, simply plug in the charging unit, place the Ally in the cradle and within a few minutes customer service was chatting with me to enter all my details (name, address, phone, etc) that would be needed in the event of an emergency.
The Ally has automatic fall detection that actually works!
The Ally worked beautifully when I triggered a fall (I’m getting really good at it) and again I had customer service talking with me hands-free through the speaker within 30 seconds of my “fall”. The call was clear and plenty loud enough. The Ally can be used as a pendant or clipped to a belt and comes with a lanyard and clip. The Ally fits in the palm of my hand and is very lightweight. The dimensions of the unit are 2.6″ x 1.6″ x 0.75″ without the belt clip or lanyard, and it weighs 1.7 ounces.
The Ally knows where you are, even if you don’t.
Since the Ally is GPS enabled, the call center can pinpoint the location of the user if they are unable to do so. The Ally is water and impact resistant. The battery lasts for up to 36 hours without a charge, Consumer Cellular recommends it be charged daily.
No Contract Medical Alert System.
The cost for the Consumer Cellular Ally is very straightforward. It costs $25 per month and is month-to-month with no contract. There is an upfront equipment cost of $150 and a monthly Consumer Cellular line of service fee of $10. This works great for current Consumer Cellular customers who will already be paying for a line of service, so it would just be the additional $25 monthly fee to add Ally to their current plan, perhaps for a loved one? AARP members receive a 5% on the monthly service fee.
The Ally is available for purchase at the Consumer Cellular website or by calling customer service at 888-529-3643.