How Do You Pick a Central Station?

Dealers, how do you pick which central station monitors your intrusion/fire alarm systems?

Is this decision based mostly on cost? (ie: It costs you $5 per account per month.) Is there some rating you look for, ie: '5-stars' or 'UL rated'? What about transmission formats?

I am curious because this is one important aspect of a system that end users cannot control. They pick an installing alarm company who already has a 3rd party agreement in place.

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