Ring Video Doorbell Gets New $99 Price Tag Following Amazon Acquisition

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Ring today announced [PDF] that its acquisition by Amazon has been completed, and following the merger, Amazon has permanently dropped the price tag of the entry-level first-generation Ring Video Doorbell.

    The Ring Wi-Fi Enabled Video Doorbell is now available from Amazon for $99.99, $50 off of the original $149 MSRP for the accessory. The Video Doorbell, which offers 720p video, is designed to allow you to see and speak to anyone who comes to the door using a connected smartphone.

    While the entry-level Ring is available for $99, upgraded versions are more expensive. The Video Doorbell 2 with 1080p resolution is $199, the Video Doorbell Pro, which is hardwired, is $249, and the Video Doorbell Elite, described as a "professional-grade doorbell" is $499. Ring also makes a line of Spotlight and Floodlight Cams.

    Ring and Amazon are aiming to cut down on crime in neighborhoods with their partnership, and an LAPD pilot program has suggested the Ring Video Doorbell can reduce burglaries by as much as 55 percent.
    Ring has been promising to add HomeKit integration to its products for months now, and the company says that despite its Amazon acquisition, HomeKit support continues to be in the works for the Ring Pro and the Floodlight Cam.

    Amazon first announced its acquisition of Ring back in late February, paying over $1 billion for the smart home company. Ring is part of a new smart home strategy for Amazon, and marks Amazon's second major smart home purchase following its December Blink acquisition.

    Article Link: Ring Video Doorbell Gets New $99 Price Tag Following Amazon Acquisition
  2. FelixDerKater Contributor


    Apr 12, 2002
    Nirgendwo in Amerika
    Bring on the cheap without bringing on the suck.
  3. Black Tiger macrumors 6502

    Jul 2, 2007
    It is amazing that, in spite of crime statistics that show an all time historical low, Americans live in fear thanks to the media. Congrats to companies making money off of these unwarranted fears. Oh by the way, the peep hole in the door does the same thing.
  4. agsystems macrumors 6502a

    Aug 1, 2013
    Add homekit and I will get 3 right now...they have been stringing us along for too long. I am guessing now that Apple is allowing software only authentication into homekit they will be able to do it.
  5. MrGuder macrumors 68030

    Nov 30, 2012
    Not everyone is retired and can stare at a peep hole all day long. :eek:
  6. DaveOP macrumors 65816

    May 29, 2011
    Portland, OR
    Oh cool, they upgraded the peep hole so I can see out from other parts of the house via my iPhone?
  7. RootBeerMan macrumors 65816


    Jan 3, 2016
    I like my Ring 2. Works well with our iPhones and even my iMac. Hope to see these everywhere, they're a good addition to any home.
  8. Black107 macrumors regular

    Jun 5, 2009
    Right, because obviously everyone is at home, all day, staring out their peephole to make sure people don't steal their packages, test side gates, try to break into cars in the driveway, oh and everyone has a photographic memory as well.
  9. jybrick macrumors newbie

    Mar 24, 2011
    So now when someone steals your package, they can confirm delivery. This will make it your problem to deal with police and take the loss!
  10. Mikey44 macrumors member


    Mar 6, 2012
    So I can look out my peephole when I am half way around the country visiting family? Awesome!

    Seriously though, this could be a great product if you wanted to develop it. A camera peep hole that gives the appearance of someone actually being home, like an light up eye on the other side of the lens, maybe put the speaker on the other side of the door so it really sounds like someone is inside. It's a brilliant idea.
  11. JRobinsonJr macrumors 6502a

    Aug 20, 2015
    Arlington, Texas
    Very true, but that doesn't negate the potential usefulness / need for this. Consider the scenario where you have packages being delivered while you're at work. Now consider that someone is following behind the delivery truck picking up packages off porches. You're not at home... and even if you were it's highly unlikely you would be looking out the peephole at exactly the right moment. Now introduce RING... which can be motion activated. When Crook approaches your door he/she is being recorded. With the HD version you might even get a shot of the vehicle. NOW you have something useful to report to the police.
  12. GPDawes macrumors newbie


    Oct 22, 2015
    I am a b ig PoE fan,. But seriously $400 more to have PoE. Please justify it.
  13. Mobster1983 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 8, 2011
    Nice timing! My original ring had some issues and was not working properly so the company replaced it (great customer service BTW). I asked if I could upgrade to the Ring 2 and pay the difference and they said yes. So only cost me $50 for the new one, which is far superior. Just did this three weeks ago. Hee hee.

    I would highly recommend this to anyone. This doorbell is amazing and really helps me manage packages and deliveries. Customer service is top notch. IMO it increases home security as well.
    --- Post Merged, Apr 12, 2018 ---
    I live in a neighborhood that historically has been very safe and quiet. In the last six months I know of at least 3 burglaries on my block, two of which occurred when the residents were home. Two cars were also stolen from their driveways, including my neighbor across the street.

    My ring is set up so that anyone stepping foot onto my property is instantly recorded and the doorbell is the first thing you see. Pretty confident that this will deter MOST criminals from even attempting anything. And if not, then I have full video of them (plus my indoor security cameras. :-D).
  14. Krayzkat macrumors 6502a


    Apr 22, 2011
    These would be easy to steal lol, although would have to (insert tech jargon) to allow the stolen device to work with someone else's 'stuff' (the most technical word i know)
  15. JackieInCo Suspended

    Jul 18, 2013
    My door doesn't have one. I have an Xfinity security system with a camera showing me my porch. Works great.
  16. TonyC28 macrumors 65816


    Aug 15, 2009
    If you were reporting that someone stole your package aren’t you already acknowledging that it was on your property? Otherwise you’d be saying it wasn’t delivered.
  17. cjgrif macrumors member

    Oct 25, 2011
    Salisbury, MD
    I'm just waiting for the announcement that the cloud recording plan is now included with my Prime membership, so that will be one less thing I have to pay for each year (wishful thinking, but not inconceivable).

    At $100 I may have to get a second one for the side door...though I'm still kind of kicking myself for not taking Ring up on the offer to buy a Pro last year for $100.
  18. WAYLIFE macrumors newbie

    Aug 22, 2012
    You must have one of those fancy peep holes that sends you alerts and remotely streams video. Link me!
  19. walstib macrumors newbie


    Jul 5, 2007
    Carpinteria, California
  20. MJA74 macrumors newbie

    Mar 28, 2018
    How about free storage - no monthly fee for Prime customer. That’s what I’m waiting for.
  21. dannyyankou macrumors 604


    Mar 2, 2012
    Scarsdale, NY
    They're not unwarranted at all, it just gives you peace of mind in case anything does happen.
  22. anek007 macrumors regular

    Jul 30, 2014
    Last years holiday prices. It’s coming up to the 2 year mark that gen so they’re trying to get rid of inventory for possible refresh. If it’s a discount for the acquisition it would have been all around for all devices but the other two are still same price. Bought ours for $99 during the holiday. So far so good. What makes it better than the other brands is the community. Post and videos can be shared in app to near by user. Along with sharing with social media. New age form of neighborhood watch.
  23. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    If your Ring Doorbell is stolen, Ring will give you a new one free.
  24. xraydoc macrumors demi-god


    Oct 9, 2005
    Does more than just function as a peep hole.

    Lets me know when UPS/FedEx drops off packages (motion sensor). If someone attempts to steal a delivery, I’ll have photographic evidence. Let’s me check in my front yard and speak to anyone at the door any time I want from anywhere in the world. And I know when my teenagers come and go.

    I have a Ring Pro and personally I love the thing. Moving to a new house soon and may go with the Nest Hello instead at the new house (for several reasons not germane to this discussion), but same idea. Wouldn’t want to be without it.
  25. harriska2 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 16, 2011
    I have 2 POE cameras hooked to Windows 7 running Blue Iris. They are mounted under the eves. We did have a $400 package stolen (not amazon, it was some mac seller for a 1 tb ssd) about a year ago. The homeless meth addict just got prosecuted for it as he did it during the day while I left for 10 minutes. The picture was put on facebook and identified in 1.5 hours. These types of cameras are also useful for accidents, neighborhood shinanigans (one guy stole the neighbor’s mailbox when drunk/high), and to figure out what jerk doesn’t pick up dog poo. A couple guys abandoned their huge upholstered chair on our lawn. We figured out where they came from in 4 door knocks. Once a girl knocked on my door at 10:30 pm and I was able to figure out who it was (playing truth or dare, no big deal). I was able to explain the number of thefts in the neighborhood and how knocking first can identify which person is gone.

    So yeah, the need for these is rising. For those of you that don’t need it, congrats. For those of us that do, at least it is an option.

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