Do you want a more reliable, efficient and secure way of communicating with family members or employees, but you think you can't afford it? Think again! Spend a few minutes reading this article and learn about several high-performance, low-cost two-way radios. While technology has advanced, prices have come down, leaving us with extremely affordable ways to stay in touch.
There are several advantages of two-way walkie-talkies over cell phones. They operate in remote areas that have spotty or non-existent cell phone coverage. They offer secure communications, and you can speak on them freely to every member of your family or work team without using up minutes on your cell phone plan. They have features such as voice activation, built-in NOAA weather channels and, for business models, business-exclusive frequencies. Certain personal two-way radios don't even require an FCC license to operate, making them even more affordable.
Low Cost Family Two-Way Radios For friends and families to stay in touch inexpensively, there's the Motorola Talkabout Two-Way Radio Series. They're sold with multiple radios in the package and priced well under $100 per radio, making them a great value. The T400, T460 and T465 are hybrid models operating on both the GMRS (General Mobile Radio Service) and the FRS (Family Radio Service) bands. The Motorola MH230R operates on the FRS band only. The FRS band is meant for family and personal communications, and does not require an FCC license to operate, making these two-way walkie-talkies even more affordable. Because no paperwork is needed, it's fast to get up and running quickly. The Talkabout radios can cover up to 1 or 2 miles, and they come equipped with 22 channels and built-in NOAA weather channels, making them ideal for camping, hiking and other outdoor activities.
Low Cost Business Two-Way Radios Business users can boost productivity, profits and customer satisfaction with the fast, streamlined communications that two-way radios provide, and they can do it in a cost-effective way. For indoor and outdoor use, you'll get a lot of bang for your buck with the Motorola CLS1110, Motorola CLS1410 and CLP1080e UHF two-way radios. Affordable prixes and with features like business-exclusive frequencies, interference eliminator codes, LCD displays, hands-free operation and simplified cloning of radio settings, companies can have clear, secure internal communications that's well within the budget. These models are also extremely compact and lightweight, making them a smart choice for restaurant employees, hotel staff, catering companies and other businesses where employees are always on the go and must maintain a neat, professional appearance. These radios can be worn comfortably and discreetly.
If you're looking for an inexpensive VHF two-way radio for outdoor use, consider the Motorola RMV2080. With 2 watts of power, it can reach up to 220,000 square feet outdoors and 13 floors indoors. This 8-channel walkie-talkie features voice-inversion scramble settings for added privacy, VOX hands-free operation, a rugged design that meets military specifications and built in NOAA weather radio with alerts. The Motorola RMM2050 MURS band radio is also priced right for companies on a budget. A VHF radio designed for outdoor use, the MURS (Multi-Use Radio Service) band does not require an FCC license to use. These radios have many advanced features and are also built to strict military specifications for resistance to rain, extreme temperatures, shock and vibration.
Kenwood also makes high-quality, low-cost walkie-talkie radios for business use. Their UHF models, Kenwood PKT-23 and Kenwood TK-3230, have features such as easy cloning, voice-activated operation, battery-saver technology, programmable frequencies and enhanced audio clarity. Their VHF outdoor model, Kenwood TK-2400V4P, has a range of up to 6 miles, wireless cloning, voice inversion scrambling and a removable whip antenna. It meets military specification MIL-STD 810.