Conventional v Network Walkie-Talkie Radios

Summary Of "Normal" Walkie-Talkies v. "Network" Radios

Both types of radio may look quite similar, and to the user, may appear to work in the same way - you press and hold the "Push To Talk" button while you are speaking, and then let go when you want to listen to other radio users.

However the technology involved, and how the radios actually communicate with each other, is quite different.

Conventional Walkie-Talkie Radios

  • Communicate directly radio-to-radio

  • Have a range of a few miles maximum

  • Do not depend on any outside network to work together

  • Will work anywhere even when there is no mobile phone signal

  • Once bought, have no ongoing running cost


Mobile Network Walkie-Talkie Radios

  • Communicate using a mobile data SIM card

  • Use the mobile phone networks

  • Work over theoretically unlimited range (provided there is network coverage)

  • Communicate over the internet using a dedicated internet communications server and software

  • Have a small monthly cost for the mobile data SIM card (amount is up to user's choice of SIM package, can be £5 - £10 per month)

  • Have a small annual cost for access to network software (£30 + VAT per year)



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