Two-Way radios VS. Two-Way Radio Apps

February 14th, 2013

In today’s world, mostly everyone has some type of smart phone that is capable of downloading and using mobile applications. These mobile applications range from useful utilities to silly games, but their appeal is what draws people to buying a smart phone. Many apps exist today that act as a walkie talkie, but how useful can these applications be? In most cases walkie talkie apps are merely a gimmick, and should not be used as substitute for a real walkie talkie, especially business walkie talkies. If you decide to switch from a real walkie talkie to a mobile app equivalent, there are some things you should take into consideration:

Two-Way Radios Vs. Two-Way Radio Apps

  • Most consumer walkie talkies don’t require a payment plan to use. Using a mobile app means that you must have a contract on the cell phone and an expensive data plan.
  • Walkie talkies are extremely useful for safety. An app works depending on data coverage, and being in an area with poor reception can make your app useless. It’s not recommended to use a walkie talkie app for emergency prevention, especially in wooded areas, as cell phone reception is typically compromised.
  • The clarity of a walkie talkie app is far less superior than an actual walkie talkie.
  • The battery life of a physical walkie talkie is often very long. Anyone with a smart phone knows that the battery drains at an extremely fast rate. Some walkie talkies are capable of having their batteries changed out in the field, but most smart phones require a charge using electricity. This can be troublesome if you find yourself in a dangerous situation and need to communicate quickly.

The reasons why a physical walkie talkie is more superior to a mobile app are endless. Mobile apps are fun, but should never be a lifeline in any type of dangerous situation or emergency. If you’re depending on communication in the event of an emergency, its best to ditch the app and opt for quality security two-way radios.

Tags: Communication , Motorola , Radio , Radio frequency , Rechargeable battery , Telecommunications , Two-way radio , Walkie-talkie

Categories: Emergency Prep, Two Way Radios, Walkie Talkies

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