Ring is requiring a subscription for more camera and alarm features

On March 29th, new owners of a Ring Alarm security system will have to pay for a subscription to control it when they’re not home. | Image: Jennifer Pattison Tuohy / The Verge

Yet another company will charge its customers more money for using existing features as the subscription-based smart home becomes the norm. Amazon-owned Ring is making several free features part of its paid subscription program starting on March 29th. As of that date, if you have a Ring video doorbell or camera, you will no longer have access to Home and Away Modes in the app without a paid subscription. This was a simple way to tell all your cameras to stop detecting motion when you’re home and start when you leave.

Additionally, all new users of the Ring Alarm system on or after March 29th will have to pay for a Ring Protect plan to arm and disarm the system from the app, use the Modes feature, receive notifications, and control it…

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