Buying spy phone software applications can be a little confusing so I wanted to do a comparison review of the three top programs. Hopefully this will make things a little clearer and help you to choose the best option for your circumstances. Be sure to check out the comparison chart below.
Updated January 2014!
What’s Wrong with Online Reviews?
You know what I hate about most reviews online? So often they just regurgitate the marketing material already on the actual company website. I have been guilty of this in the past myself and to be fair it is difficult sometimes to provide a unique perspective. For this series of articles I am trying a different approach to help you decide which spy software program is best for your needs. I have written three separate reviews – Flexispy … Mobile Spy … and Stealth Genie – and then added a comparison review here to try to break it down into the most important factors you need to consider before buying any software.
Some reviews can be simply X is better than Y because… But with cell phone spy software a straight comparison is not that simple. Each product has different features at different prices and with varying pricing plans – it is actually quite confusing at first.
These spy software companies package their services together in different ways, making a like for like comparison difficult. They overlap in many of the basic reporting features they provide but each still has a unique set of features and they sell them differently.
Take a look at the comparison chart I have created listing the most significant features for each cell phone spy package. I have compared the top level software for each product to try to keep the comparison fair. Each package reviewed is the company’s most expensive option.
The chart has been modified to reflect recent changes with the different programs including the StealthGenie update. StealthGenie added the iPhone to their supported phones list – covering iOS4, iOS5 and iOS6.
Comparison Chart – Flexispy, Mobile Spy and StealthGenie
Features Comparison Chart
Note: for clarification on the features above you can refer back to my individual reviews or check out the company websites at the links provided.
Hopefully you now have a clearer view of what each of the spy software apps provide in terms of features and reporting. Now it’s important to consider some other factors about the software providers. You are making an investment of your own cash and should try to spend your money wisely and safely. I have rated the companies based on my experience of using the products and my overall impression of the services and support they offer. This is my opinion, but I hope it will give you some guidance and of course you should check out as much as possible for yourself before buying.
My Ratings - Cell Phone Spy Software
|Mobile Spy Live |
|Stealth Genie |
|Help and Support|
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Flexispy – No Longer Top of my Chart.
They do well in terms of the advanced features and support but the others now compete and even out do them in other ways. But the biggest concern I have is their pricing. Flexispy only have annual subscriptions and are the most expensive by quite a margin – although recently they have added a Flexispy Lite version which is quite a bit cheaper – but still more expensive than comparable programs with Stealthgenie and Mobilespy.
A while back they could get away with this Premium price as they were the most fully featured and supported the widest range of cell phones – but not any more. Now the only plus point is the ability to listen to live calls but even that will not work on all phones. They really need to start competing on price and offer a 3 month option like the others. $349 is a lot of money to take a chance on spy software – too much for most! I really liked their product but in my view it is just too expensive.
Taking everything into account Flexispy is not necessarily the best software for you. If you need call intercept, extra help setting up, long term monitoring or simply like to have the best, then it is the one to choose. If cost is a major issue, you will find the others offer more value for money.
Only available as a 12 month license, two versions available:
Flexispy Omni - $349 includes free FlexiRecord.
Flexispy Lite - $149
Their support and information are good, they have short term contracts and the price is significantly cheaper than Flexispy. If you buy the annual packages you also get free Sniper Spy – which is actually great computer spy software, like Mobile Spy but for the PC. If you can live without some of the advanced features, then Mobile Spy is a great way to give phone monitoring software a try – from as little as $50 for three months.
I have found Mobile Spy to be an excellent product, not overly complicated but quietly does what it is supposed to. Great value for money and a great way to start using this type of program.
Mobile Spy Prices
They offer prices based on the term and then have their Live Control Panel as an extra (this makes their features comparable to the others).
3 Months - $49.97
6 Months - $69.97
12 Months - $99.97 includes free Sniper Spy PC software
12 Months with Live Control Panel - $129.97
They have made great advances this year and look set to take top spot in the spy software market.
StealthGenie has continued to make great gains on the others with the introduction of support for the iPhone – iOS4, iOS5, iOS6 and iOS7 (the first to do this). You should check out my StealthGenie update and also have a look at Jailbreaking an iPhone. They also released a version to support Android OS4 – another first!
Let’s be clear here this software has some very unique features which the others haven’t thought about so far. They have some great tracking features cleverly designed to monitor children or employees, I give more details in my main review.
Previously my main reason for holding back a little in recommending them was simply their lack of track record – as a relatively young company. This has turned out to be exactly why they are gaining in popularity. They are actively developing their products and have been much more innovative than the older companies. They are leading the way in terms of development at the moment.
Another thing I really like about Stealthgenie is their marketing – it is focused on legal ways to use spy software, avoiding all the spammy headlines. I think this shows a good long term strategy – the greatest benefits of spy phone software come with it’s legal uses such as monitoring employees and your own children.
Add to that the best looking and organized website of the three! If you have a phone they support, want to try a unique product and make use of their advanced tracking then they are worth looking at. The Buzz around Stealthgenie is definitely growing and they have overtaken the others in sales on this site.
StealthGenie have the most flexible pricing terms. You can choose from three packages (two for the iPhone) based on the features you need and you can choose each of these over 3 months, 6 months or a year. Figures below are for 12 months:
StealthGenie Basic - $99.99
StealthGenie Gold - $159.99
StealthGenie Platinum - $199.99
Their cheapest option is 3 month Basic at $59.99
That’s about it for now. I hope you have a better idea of what these spy phone software apps can do and are ready to take the plunge. These three programs are from decent companies – they all work well and your money will be safe. Be sure to read the associated articles on my site and then get started. Keep an eye on Stealth Genie – I think they are winning the race at the moment!