MobileHelp vs Life Alert

Our experts put these two alert systems head-to-head. Both offer quality service and durable devices. But see which one gets our pick.

Side-by-side comparison:

Side-by-side comparison: MobileHelp logo Life Alert Logo
Editor's Rating
4.0 / 5 stars
3 / 5 stars
Costs
Equipment Costs Leased Leased
Monthly Price Range $19.95 to $44.95 $49.95 to 89.95
Activation Fee $0 activation fee $95-$198
Shipping Cost Free ground shipping Free ground shipping
Contracts No long-term contracts Three-year contract required
Return Policy 30-day risk-free trial 30-day risk-free trial
Product Features
Connection Landline or Cellular Landline or Cellular
Two-Way Talk Yes Yes
In-Home Backup Battery Life 30 hours 72 hours
In-Home Range 1400 feet 800 feet
On-the-Go Battery Life 24 hours 72 hours
Water-Resistant Help Button Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
24/7 USA-Based Monitoring Yes Yes
Add-Ons
Fall Detection Yes, $10/month No
Spouse Monitoring Yes, with the Mobile Duo System $49 one-time fee plus $10 per month
Wall-Mounted Help Buttons No Yes
Lockboxes Yes Yes
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Editors Recommendation

Generally, we recommend MobileHelp over Life Alert for their innovative, high-tech equipment with no hidden fees. MobileHelp also offers optional fall detection and the first medical alert smartwatch, while Life Alert offers neither feature. However, if you are needing installation on your medical alert device, Life Alert does come with (for a fee) installation for new customers.

There are many great medical alert systems out there, it can feel daunting to decide which is best for your particular needs. Let’s take a look at two of our favorites: MobileHelp and Life Alert.

MobileHelp Duo with Wall Button
MobileHelp Duo with Wall Button

When it comes to how the systems work, both MobileHelp and Life Alert have base units that connect to a central hub where representatives are there in case of any emergency. Customers push a button on a pendant when they need help and are quickly connected to trained response agents who will contact the appropriate emergency responders.

That being said, there are some key differences between the two systems, most notably regarding pricing and add-on features. Before we get further into each company, let’s compare them side by side.

Life Alert Overview

When thinking about medical alert systems, Life Alert is one of the first companies that comes to people’s minds, likely due to its catchy slogan, “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!” Life Alert is headquartered in Encinitas, California, and was founded in 1987 as a company to help older adults contact emergency services. Since its creation, Life Alert has prevented hundreds of thousands of people from experiencing life-threatening outcomes as a result of an emergency. Life Alert prides itself on its quick response times, saving one life every eleven minutes.

Life Alert Equipment
Life Alert Base Station and Pendants

With the population of older adults rapidly growing as a result of the aging baby boomer population, medical alert systems, also known as personal emergency response systems (PERS) are one of the more necessary medical devices needed. Life Alert offers four different systems based on your lifestyle. Here are the options:

Life Alert Systems

System Monthly Starting Cost Connection To Be Used Best For
In-Home $49.95 Landline At home This is ideal for those who spend most of their time at home and have a landline for connection.
In-Home Cellular $59.95 Cellular At home This is ideal for those who spend most of their time at home but don’t have a landline. This system is connected through the customer’s cellular plan.
In-Home with Help Button $69.95 Cellular At home This is ideal for those who spend most of their time at home and want additional protection. The help button gives users the ability to reach someone in the event they aren’t near the main unit.
In-Home and Mobile $89.95 Cellular Out and about (on-the-go) This is ideal for someone who is out of the house and wants a medical device system that is mobile and works wherever they go.

There are a handful of features I love about Life Alert and some that don’t stack up to the other systems on the market. First, let’s look at my favorite features.

Keep In Mind: Life Alert devices don’t come with automatic fall detection and the feature is not offered as an add-on option.

MobileHelp Overview

Founded in 2008, MobileHelp is one of the newer medical alert systems on the market. MobileHelp is located in Boca Raton, Florida, and is one of the first companies to offer mobile in-home medical systems. That means MobileHelp systems don’t require you to have landlines.

MobileHelp Cellular medical alert
MobileHelp Cellular medical alert

The FDA-registered company is known for quick response times and affordable prices. MobileHelp has a handful of systems depending on your needs. Here’s a glance at the different options:

MobileHelp Systems

System Monthly Starting Cost Connection To Be Used Best For
MobileHelp Classic $19.95 Mobile At home This is ideal for those who are on a budget and who spend a lot of time at home.
MobileHelp Wired Home $24.95 Landline At home This is ideal for those who spend most of their time at home and doesn’t get great cell reception.
MobileHelp Duo $41.95 Mobile At home and on the go This is ideal for those who spend time and home and outside of their homes and want a portable system.
MobileHelp Solo $37.95 Mobile At home and on the go This is ideal for those who spend time both at home and who are out and about.

FYI: You don’t need a landline to use MobileHelp medical alert systems. Almost all of their systems connect to cellular and are mobile, hence the company’s name.

Life Alert and MobileHelp Similarities

Life Alert and MobileHelp have additional similarities. Those include:

  • Waterproof pendants
  • Wall-mounted help buttons
  • 30-day risk-free trial
  • 24/7 U.S-based monitoring centers
  • Leased equipment

Keep in Mind: Both medical alert systems offer a free 30-day, risk-free trial. That means you can order the system, test it out and if it doesn’t live up to your expectations you can send it back no questions asked within the 30-day window.

MobileHelp and Life Alert Differences

While MobileHelp and Life Alert systems have similar features there are some key differences to keep in mind when considering which to purchase.

MobileHelp easy to use wrist button
MobileHelp Wrist Button

Fall Detection

The biggest difference is the automatic fall detection. MobileHelp systems have the option to add on fall detection for an extra $10 a month, which is something I strongly suggest. I always recommend fall detection because one out of four older adults falls each year and the automatic fall detection will alert the response center even if you aren’t able to push the button. Unlike MobileHelp, Life Alert doesn’t offer automatic fall detection for any of their systems. Since fall detection is so important, I’ve also compiled a list of the best medical alert systems with fall detection.

Emergency Response & Call Centers

Because MobileHelp works off cellular signal and GPS, emergency response teams can locate the customer anywhere they go like the grocery store. On the flip side, Life Alert only has one system that works with GPS, making it a questionable choice for older adults who spend a lot of time out of the house.

Our Favorite

After looking at both systems, my favorite is MobileHelp for a few reasons. First and foremost, the lack of automatic fall detection knocks a lot of points off Life Alert. I feel strongly about having that as an option for medical alert systems, otherwise, you are only able to use the device by manually pushing a button and you are out of luck if you fall and are left unconscious or unable to push a button.

Second, the price point is much more affordable than Life Alert’s and this is not a case where you get more for what you pay for as Life Alert has far fewer features than MobileHelp. Finally, LifeAlert requires you to commit to the company with a three-year contract while MobileHelp allows for month-to-month options. I am not a fan of long-term contracts, which is another reason why MobileHelp is my favorite system out of these two choices and is also our top choice out of all medical device systems with no monthly fees.

Written By
Amie Clark

Amie has been writing about senior care products and services for the last decade. She is particularly passionate about new technologies that help improve the quality of life for seniors and their families. Seeing her parents and grandparents age made Amie ask herself, “Would this be good enough for my loved ones?” In her spare time, Amie enjoys outdoor adventures and spontaneous road trips. Learn more about Amie here