MobileHelp vs LifeStation

Our editorial team has compared each company, costs, product specs and product add-ons. Scroll down to see our recommendation.

Side-by-side comparison:

Side-by-side comparison: MobileHelp logo LifeStation
Editor's Rating
4.0 / 5 stars
4.0 / 5 stars
Costs
Equipment Costs Included in subscription Included in subscription
Monthly Price Range $29.95-$47.95 $19.95-$54.95
Activation Fee None $45.95 for Standard package, without fall detection or protection plan.
Shipping Cost Free Free
Contracts No long-term contracts No long-term contracts
Return Policy
  • 30-day money-back guarantee
  • Prorated refund issued for any unused prepaid service
  • Cancellation not complete until equipment is received by the company
Risk-free 30-day trial
Product Features
Connection Landline, Cellular, GPS Cellular, GPS/td>
Two-Way Talk Yes Yes
In-Home Backup Battery Life 30 hours 32 hours
In-Home Range
  • 1,400 feet for Classic
  • 1,300 feet for Wired
  • 600 feet for Duo
500 feet
On-the-Go Battery Life 24 hours Five days
Water-Resistant Help Button Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
24/7 USA-Based Monitoring Yes Yes
Add-ons
Fall Detection $10/month $5/month
Spouse Monitoring With MobileDuo system only; $4/month $4/month
Wall-Mounted Help Buttons $35.40/year $4/month
Lockboxes Free with subscription $3/month
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Editors Recommendation

Generally, we recommend MobileHelp over LifeStation for their high quality equipment, excellent customer service and unique smartwatch option. However LifeStation may be a better fit if you are looking for more traditional medical alert options and longer battery life in the cellular unit.

Both MobileHelp and LifeStation personal emergency response brands supply customers with quality medical alerts known for their affordability.

With each company offering no-contract service, multiple connection types, and a variety of add-ons, these brands seem notably similar. However, if you take a more in-depth look, it’s clear these two medical alert systems have some considerable differences.

MobileHelp Overview

MobileHelp Duo with Wall Button
MobileHelp Duo with Wall Button

Florida-headquartered MobileHelp allows seniors to select from six unique medical alert systems, and they boast that the brand answers a call for help every 7.5 minutes. With subscription prices starting as low as $19.95, MobileHelp provides customers one of the lowest price points for an in-home/on-the-go combination system in the industry.

Offering a plethora of exciting features and add-ons –– such as Amazon Alexa integration, medication reminders, and daily activity tracking –– MobileHelp excels in many areas. Nevertheless, the company lags behind on technology for its mobile devices, still only developing on-the-go systems that hold a maximum 24-hour charge while many medical alert brands, such as LifeStation and QMedic, offer comparable products that hold a charge for five to seven days.

MobileHelp Systems

System Monthly Starting Cost Connection For Use Ideal For
MobileHelp Classic $19.95 Cellular In-Home Users who stay at home, in their yard, or at a neighbor’s place most days but do not own a landline.
MobileHelp Wired Home $24.95 Landline In-Home Individuals who spend most of their time in and around their homes and own a landline.
MobileHelp Wired Home $24.95 Landline In-Home Individuals who spend most of their time in and around their homes and own a landline.
MobileHelp Duo $41.95 Cellular/GPS In-Home/On the Go Active seniors who prefer the flexibility of two separate base stations for their emergency pendant: one they leave at home and a smaller, more portable option for when they’re traveling or need to charge their device on the go.
MobileHelp Touch Duo $54.95 Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 4G LTE In-Home/On the Go Older adults who prefer a more sleek interface equipped with exciting technology extras, say as a rotating picture gallery and cognitive games.
Mobile Duo $44.95 Cellular, GPS In-Home/On the Go Active couples or friends living in the same home who both want coverage.
MobileHelp Solo $37.95 Cellular, GPS In-Home/On the Go Active adults who want constant protection at MobileHelp’s lowest price for a system that works at home and on the go.

Fashion Tip: Medical alerts don’t have to cramp your style! With MobileHelp, you can replace the silicone band with a standard watch band of your choice.


Less is More!: If you’d prefer fall detection included in a single emergency button, rather than an extra pendant, try medical alert companies like Alert 1.

LifeStation Overview

LifeStation On The Go Medical Alert system
LifeStation On The Go Medical Alert system

Running approximately $30-$50 a month, LifeStation is best known for its 20-second average response time and nearly 50 years of reputable experience in the medical industry. LifeStation offers two medical alert system possibilities: At-Home and On-The-Go. Both systems have three plans that customers can subscribe to: Standard, Select, or Supreme. Each includes its own benefit, such as fall detection or an equipment protection plan.

LifeStation’s company-owned monitoring centers are also U.S-based and run around-the-clock. Other interesting features and options provided by LifeStation included compatibility with Uber Health, discounts for veterans and AARP members, and spouse monitoring on a system of your choice for only $4 per month.

System Monthly Starting Cost Connection For Use Ideal For
At Home $21.95 Cellular (4G LTE) In-Home Older adults who want to maintain their independence at home.
On The Go $37.95 Cellular (LTE), GPS, Wi-Fi On the go Users who want the protection of a medical alert along with the freedom to go wherever they desire.

LifeStation and MobileHelp Similarities

MobileHelp and LifeStation both provide waterproof in-home and on-the-go personal systems free of long-term contracts. Each maintains extensively trained monitoring center staff, suggesting positive reputations with customers and the community. Also, they both provide extras such as spouse monitoring.

Some other similarities include:

  • U.S.-based monitoring centers
  • Fall detection for an extra fee
  • Wall-mounted help buttons
  • Risk-free 30-day trial
  • Equipment included in the subscription
  • Cellular and GPS devices
  • Self-test buttons
  • Simple installation

 

MobileHelp and LifeStation Differences

Systems & Devices

While MobileHelp gives customers a choice of six systems, LifeStation only has two systems.

MobileHelp presents in-home users on a budget with the best option financially at $19.95 per month. With that said, LifeStation’s At-Home system is $21.95 per month and will only cost you about $24 extra each year. LifeStation also offers discounts for veterans and AARP members, so if you fit one of those categories, you could potentially end up paying less for an in-home system with LifeStation than with MobileHelp.

MobileHelp in-home systems have a range of 600-1,400 feet from the base station, depending on which system you select. In the event of a big storm or other instance where you might lose power, your in-home system’s base station will last its remaining charge plus an additional 30 hours on a backup battery. Unfortunately, MobileHelp’s on-the-go systems do not include the robust battery life the in-home systems do, lasting a maximum of 24 hours after a charge. As a result, MobileHelp recommends users carry a portable base station when they leave the home. MobileHelp also has a landline option whereas LifeStation does not.

Emergency Response & Call Centers

While LifeStation owns its monitoring center, MobileHelp chooses to hire Rapid Response, a well-known emergency and medical monitoring company. Both companies offer 24/7 U.S-based monitoring with the safety of redundancy. By owning its monitoring centers, LifeStation has more control over the quality of service provided, unique initiatives undertaken, and the qualifications of operators hired to answer emergency calls. LifeStation also promises that your certified care agent will stay on the phone with you until help arrives.

Currently, LifeStation’s centers are UL- and CSAA Five Star Certified and maintain the fastest average call response rate in the industry: 20 seconds. LifeStation operators must be college-educated and must pass a rigorous 160-hour in-house training program and have frequent performance reviews. To cater to Spanish-speaking customers, some operators are also fluent in Spanish.

MobileHelp’s centers, via Rapid Response, are UL- and FDNY-certified. Operators, who must also have an associate degree or two years of military service, undergo some of the most extensive training in the industry including critical event and adverse situational training and many are EMT/EMS certified. In addition to bilingual English/Spanish monitoring center operators, Rapid Response employs a translation service capable of communicating in over 240 other languages.

User and Caregiver Apps and Services

All MobileHelp users have access to the MobileHelp Connect app at no additional charge. That said, some premium features inside the app do cost extra. MobileConnect is is a suite of online tools to help customers and authorized caregivers, such as family members, actively participate in the subscriber’s health and well-being. Popular MobileConnect tools include medication reminders ($5/month), location tracking (30 free per month), and activity tracking. Location tracking can also be used to help find a missing device.

Added to all mobile systems at no cost, LifeStation’s Find My Loved One service lets you locate a loved one at any time with only a text message. This ability to easily check in on your loved one almost immediately gives caregivers peace of mind about a loved one’s safety. This tool also doubles as a “find my emergency button” service. Once you make the text or Alexa-based request, you receive a text message response with the address where the emergency button is located and a link to view the location on a map.

Add-Ons

Unless you’re set on a specific system, the most significant differences between LifeStation and MobileHelp are in the add-ons.

  • Fall Detection: Both brands offer fall detection and both require an extra pendant. However, it’s $10 per month extra with MobileHelp and only $5 per month extra with LifeStation, a difference of $60 per year.
  • Wall-Mounted Help Buttons: MobileHelp’s voice-activated and wall-mounted emergency buttons can be added to your subscription for $34.95 per year. LifeStation’s wall buttons, which must be pushed in order to reach the monitoring center, cost $4 per month, which totals $48 per year.
  • Lockboxes: One lockbox comes free with your MobileHelp prescription. LifeStation customers can lease a lockbox from the company for $3 per month.
  • Spouse Monitoring: It costs $3.99 per month to add spouse monitoring to a LifeStatuin system. MobileHelp provides a single system choice for two users in one household. However, beyond that, there are no spouse monitoring discounts.
  • Telehealth: Telehealth service continues to grow dramatically, and seniors are open to it. During public health scares such as COVID-19, this type of medical service can limit your exposure to environments that could potentially compromise your health. MobileHelp offers the option to add MDLive, a telehealth service that provides customers 24/7 virtual access to a physician with no additional co-pay or insurance required, for $10 per month. LifeStation does not offer this type of service.

Our Favorite

While both MobileHelp and LifeStation offer systems worth exploring for anyone seeking a quality medical alert, the brands certainly have their differences. Generally speaking, we recommend MobileHelp for customers who want more system choices and add-on features and LifeStation for active users who appreciate hands-on customer service and devices you don’t need to charge very often.

Luckily, both companies offer 30-day risk-free trials, zero long-term contracts, and extremely
well-qualified monitoring center operators. It’s hard to go wrong, regardless of which system you choose.

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