On the Cam Plus Youtube video, Wyze announced they would be “testing” a Cam Plus “Unlimited” bulk option available to a limited test group.
I saw on several places on social media that they’re basically allowing anyone in the general public to sign up for it, but that they are limiting the window of time signing up for it would be available, and that will be how it is a “limited” test run. They said it will probably come back again later, but that it might cost more the next time they offer it (I don’t know how long it will be available for).
Since it was publicized everywhere else already and they weren’t giving special codes or customized personal links to limit the access, it seems we can freely discuss it since it is a fairly public thing (not an exclusive thing) anyway.
So they had 2 billing options for up to 99 Cam Plus licenses:
WOW! $99/yr = $8.25/mo equivalent. Basically, if you are ever going to want to use more than 6 Cam Plus licenses at a time, this is a steal of a deal!
The discounted price is in line with what some other companies are offering like Blink Plus and Ring Protect Plus, both $100 for a year for unlimited cams.
Here are my thoughts on why it’s a good deal for me (and some others):
While I have around 17 cams, I don’t often use more than 5-6 cams on cam plus at a time (don’t want to overload my router/bandwidth, not to mention Xfinity’s 1TB limits), but when I am away from home, I like having other cams with Cam Plus for the detection capabilities. This gives me freedom for all that.
Here is one major way it adds a lot of benefit to me without making much difference for Wyze:
I have usually kept cam plus reserved only for cams with high traffic/motion areas that need a lot of detection help, basically, the cameras that would use a lot of cloud storage and analyze things with the AI a lot. Those were the only cams worth paying the subscription price.
I have a lot of other cams in low-traffic areas, and so paying for Cam Plus, just wasn’t worth the cost for how little it would be used, despite how the detections would be nice to have. So I never got it for any of those. Now, I can add it to all the low-traffic cameras and get a lot of benefit from all the detections, the fast forward capability, etc. I would’ve never gotten a separate license for all these cams because most of them wouldn’t use it enough to be worthwhile. Now I get a ton of extra benefit on all those low-traffic cams, and because they’re low traffic, it doesn’t really cost Wyze that much extra either. Win-Win here.
I think Wyze figured out that most people only have a few high-traffic cams, so if they charge for the cost of 6-7 of them, then the rest of the other low-traffic cams won’t make a huge impact anyway, but they will provide us a ton of benefit.
I LOVE the idea. I signed up so fast! It even automatically applied the credit from the Black Friday Cam Plus Deal, so it actually only cost me about $80 for unlimited (99) Licenses (I only know because I went and looked at the invoice after everything was processed)! That’s AWESOME!
There is no point in me canceling my Black Friday Cam Plus Subscriptions because that promo said we aren’t allowed to get any prorated refunds upon cancelation, but I imagine if you have a normal active Cam Plus yearly, you could probably cancel for a prorated credit to be put toward the cost of this.
Anyone else jump in on this TEMPORARY deal? Thoughts?
EDIT: It’s now been a while since the initial offer for this. Wyze has indicated that sometimes they are allowing new people to sign up and sometimes new signups are disabled. They are presumably trying to spread out sign-ups to not be all at once (and give them time to analyze the impact and sustainability of it). They have periods where they actively promote it (or allow Support personnel to recommend it to people sometimes), and other times where they stop. It seems the best thing you can do if you want it is to simply check the links occasionally to see if it is currently available or not. Last I checked, the links were:
- Unlimited Yearly $99/year for 99 licenses: https://services.wyze.com/purchase/checkout/camplus-unlimited-yearly/1
- Unlimited Monthly $9.99/month for 99 licenses: https://services.wyze.com/purchase/checkout/camplus-unlimited-monthly/1
Sometimes you have to click the link, sign in first, then click the link again to get directed to the right spot. If it’s not showing up for you when you try, it is probably not currently available as they have apparently disabled sign-ups from time to time.
UPDATE: Cam Plus licenses may not [always] give a prorated refund through all (or any) methods when you do the upgrade, so it could be good to ask before assuming you’ll get a prorated refund by canceling whatever you currently have.