Two Way Radios vs Cell Phones

  • Companies have used two way radios as a primary source of communications between employees for many years. Unlike cell phones, radios provide instant communication at the click of a button.  Here are some of the many benefits of using two-way radios instead of cell phones:
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  • Instant Access to All Personnel
  • Two way radios are easier to use. Push a button and start talking.  Thanks to repeater networks, the limits of radio signals can be greatly expanded so everyone within range of a repeater can hear the communications
  • Communication Clarity
  • Unlike many cell phones, two-way radios are designed to offer clear communication in most conditions. They often include features that reduce wind noise and allow resistance to vibration, extreme temperatures and wet conditions.  The right two way radios will provide better reception in hard to reach areas of your property. Cell phones are prone to dead spots or areas of poor reception and transmission.
  • Service During Emergencies
  • Cell service towers and landlines may fail during an emergency or disaster. However, two-way radios will continue to work during those situations.  Additionally, all workers can be contacted at once, as opposed to dialing individual phone numbers via phone.
  • Faster Service
  • Greatly reduces go-between time! Unlike a cell phone, you don’t have to wait for a call to connect, nor do you have to spend time dialing the right number
  • Increased Efficiency
  • Multiple staff can be dispatched or relocated promptly without having to be called individually
  • Quick Schedule/Task Changing
  • Rescheduling and work-load delegating becomes easy and prompt
  • Higher Productivity
  • Projects can be reassigned as they occur, backtracking is greatly reduced, and locating staff takes mere moments. The end result is a lower cost-per-project
  • Lower Operating Expenses
  • Some companies reported saving as much as 35% in vehicle mileage due to improved communications. Reduced mileage also lowers maintenance costs and increases the life of field service vehicles.  Unlike mobile phones it is legal to communicate using a two way radio while driving.
  • Cost effective
  • Two-way radios cost less than cell phones. There are no monthly fees, service contracts or calling minutes. Also, several workers can share a radio, cutting costs by avoiding the need to issue one per employee.
  • Man Down Option
  • The man down option available on many two way radios will send a distress signal when a worker remains horizontal for more than 30 seconds.
  • Lightweight durability
  • Two-way radios are designed to be lightweight and long-lasting.  While some phones may require a protective case for use on the job-site  two-way radios are often built to military and IP specifications, so they are less likely to crack or break when dropped. They are also designed with long battery life, with many models able to continue operating for 12-26 hours.
  • Ease of use
  • Two-way radios feature touch-button talk communication, creating a simple means of communication. Some models also include cloning capabilities, which simplify the process of copying radio settings.
  • Intrinsically Safe
  • Two way radios (intrinsically safe versions) can be used in highly flammable or explosive areas with out fear of sparking.
  • Two way radios are easy to use, are loaded with options, are effective in all locations and have no monthly fee or service contract.  Try that on a cell phone!

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