The Difference Between Walkie-Talkies and Commercial Radios

The Difference Between Walkie-Talkies and Commercial Radios

, by Joseph Gabriel, 2 min reading time

At first glance, walkie-talkies and commercial radios may appear the same. However, while walkie-talkies and two-way radios may serve similar purposes, they’re not the same. Keep reading to learn the differences between walkie-talkies and commercial radios.

Communication Range

Walkie-talkies have a shorter communication range than commercial two-way radios. Though neither type of radio requires cell towers or electricity for communication, walkie-talkies have a shorter antenna, limiting the distance your messages can travel.

Number of Features

Many commercial operations use two-way radios over walkie-walkies because they have more features than the latter. The ability to send and receive messages simultaneously is one of those features. However, a walkie-talkie user would need to send their message and then stay in receive mode to hear the response, commercial radio users can have simultaneous conversations, much like on the phone.

Need for Licenses

Commercial radio users may need a license to use them in some countries. Walkie-talkies, on the other hand, are typically license-free as they operate on one single frequency. As a result, walkie-talkies are less secure than two-way radio channels, making them a poorer choice for places like hospitals.

Durability and Build

Manufacturers built commercial radios with durability in mind, making them a great choice for construction sites and other professional environments. Though walkie-talkie construction will vary based on the model, they are generally less durable than commercial radios.

Cost and Availability

Commercial radios’ additional features and durability come at a cost. Two-way radios are typically more expensive than walkie-talkies. Commercial radios aren’t difficult to purchase but aren’t as widely available as walkie-talkies. While you might see walkie-talkies in various colors in a grocery store or the toy aisle of a store, commercial radios will likely not be available in those same places.

While there is a clear difference between walkie-talkies and commercial radios, many often use the terms interchangeably. Though it’s important to know the differences when shopping for new radios, using the term walkie-talkie to refer to your commercial radio will be understood colloquially among your coworkers. At Atlantic Radio Communications Corp, we offer a wide variety of commercial radios, including Hytera portable radios, so you can communicate on the job. Our experts will be happy to help if you’re unsure which radio is best for your situation.

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