Amazon has introduced that it’s shutting down Alexa Guard — a DIY safety function for Echo units that listens for intruders or family alarms once you’re away from residence. The free model of Alexa Guard that listens for family disturbances was included as an ordinary function on Amazon Echo units.
In a current electronic mail to prospects, Amazon mentioned that a few of Guard’s options like smoke and CO alarm detection will as a substitute be moved to its new Emergency Help service, which is accessible for $5.99 monthly or $59 per 12 months.
Guard options like House and Away modes (to arm and disarm your Ring Alarm) and Away Lighting (which switches in your lights to make it seem like you’re at residence) will nonetheless be out there at no cost as a part of the usual Alexa expertise. Different options like glass break sound detection would require an Emergency Help subscription “beginning quickly.”
In keeping with Amazon, Ring Defend Professional prospects who linked their Ring and Alexa accounts as of September twentieth, 2023, will obtain Alexa Emergency Help at no cost till October thirty first, 2024.
And to essentially flip the screws on Alexa Guard customers, the Emergency Help signup web page additionally notes the $5.99 subscription for Emergency Help is an introductory worth that can expire on January eighth, 2024. After this, the $5.99 subscription will solely be out there for individuals who subscribe to Amazon Prime (which begins at $14.99 monthly). In an announcement to The Verge, Amazon spokesperson Deanna Kugler mentioned that pricing for non-Prime subscribers will probably be confirmed “later this 12 months.”
Correction, September twenty fifth, 10.30AM ET: A earlier model of this text mentioned that Emergency Help would require a main subscription after January eighth, 2024. That is incorrect. Non-Prime members can nonetheless join the service, however won’t be eligible for the $5.99 introductory subscription worth after this date.