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Basic is Ring’s cheapest plan and gives you access to cloud storage of video recorded from a camera or video doorbell. If you subscribe, you’ll see the bump on your next renewal date after March 11, unless you cancel before then.
Without a subscription, you can only watch livestreams with the Ring camera and receive alerts for motion from your camera.
Wyze and Blink are now the cheapest options for watching cloud-recorded videos from a single camera
The increase appears to be meant to motivate users to subscribe to the company’s higher priced plans, which are not increasing. The next tier – $10 per month or $100 per year – covers unlimited cameras and now makes more sense if you have two or more Ring devices. Then, adding another camera is an easy jump since it won’t cost you any more per month.
If you’re looking for a cheaper option, Blink and Wyze offer some of the cheapest plans for watching cloud-recorded video from a single camera. Both cost $3 per month, but I wouldn’t hold my breath if the prices stay that way.
Local storage of videos is a way to avoid this kind of price increase. Blink and Wyze offer local storage, as do cameras from Eufy and Reolink. Video doorbells that support Apple HomeKit secure video record to your iCloud account, but Apple’s subscription services aren’t immune from the price hike.