days people are more apt to use a cell phones instead of a two-way
radio. For most applications this makes sense, however, there are still
advantages of using a two-way radio. Here are several:
- When you want to call someone on a cell phone at a minimum you
have to press a speed dial button and wait for the connection.
Between the dialing and the time delay of the person on the other
end answering, thirty seconds can go by (if they answer at all).
With a two-way radio you simply press a button and start talking. In
emergency situations this speed could be critical.
- If you want to broadcast a message to a group, you can’t do that
with a cell phone. You would have to call everyone individually.
When you start getting over three people in a group, the time it
takes becomes very significant, not only in the time it takes to
dial and connect with people, but also in the idle chatter that goes
along with phone calls. In an emergency, a cell phone would waste
- Two-way radios can connect with accessory products that cell
phones can’t. You can set up wireless public address systems that
can receive broadcasts from two-way radios. So no matter where you
are you can make an announcement. You can also set up customer
assist call boxes throughout your store that customers can use to
contact you wirelessly. There are wireless outdoor call boxes that
can communicate with two-way radios so you can put these devices
wherever emergency assistance may be needed.
- You can get two-way radios that pick up weather alerts from NOAA
weather radio so you’ll be instantly notified when bad weather is
- The Emergency Call or “man down” feature enable the radio user
to immediately notify all other radios on the same channel. For
example, if the radio user should become injured, trapped or is in
danger, a simple push of a button will call everyone and the
microphone on the radio is automatically activated for a brief
period so the user can call out a message. The user may not be able
to even dial a phone number on a cell phone.
- Two-way radios continue working in natural disasters or even
snowstorms. Even if cell phones do work, the cell phone towers are
overloaded with everyone trying to make calls so your call may not
- Some two-way radios are built to military standards, which means
they will work in wet environments or even after they are dropped on
concrete. Most cell phones are delicate devices.
- There may be places at your business where cell phones don’t
work. Two-way radios can reach all areas of your business,
especially when repeaters are installed.
- There is no monthly contract with two-way radios. You never have
to worry about exceeding your allotted minutes with a
two-way radio like you do with a cell phone.