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Two-way Radios Vs Mobile Phones

Two-way Radios Vs Mobile Phones

date Released On 28th Sep 2016

Almost everyone in the UK owns a mobile phone. Each year phones become more powerful and 4G becomes more widespread. So you might be wondering, why even use a two-way radio at all? A two-way radio actually has many advantages over using a mobile phone in a business setting.

Two Way Radios


  • Instant connection, no waiting for a connection to be established.
  • More durable against water (some have IP ratings that makes them almost totally waterproof)
  • A robust build leaves radios less prone to damage from knocks and drops and they won’t bend out of shape like a mobile phone!
  • Talk to multiple people at once.
  • No monthly contract or call credit required
  • Safety features such as Man Down, Lone Worker and Emergency Alert
  • Potentially better battery life
  • Two-way radios operate on a private network, with security features such as encryption to help prevent eavesdropping. This is especially important for sectors dealing with personal or confidential information such as education and healthcare.


  • Can require a licence, although licence-free options are available

Mobile Phones


  • Can phone anywhere in the world as long as there is signal.
  • No licence required to operate.


  • Have to wait for a connection which can result in a significant delay. This is not ideal for short messages if it takes longer to contact someone than the message’s length.
  • Not durable compared to most two-way radios due to a large fragile glass screen and thin body. Some have protection against water, but most don’t.
  • You can only talk to one person at a time. This means you need to make multiple calls to get a message across to more than one person.
  • Mobile signals get jammed during times of heavy use. This could be disastrous during a critical situation.
  • Requires signal from a phone tower. Signal strength may not be ideal in some rural or remote locations.

RadioTrader sells a huge range of mobile and hand portable two way radios, as well as repeaters and all the accessories you need.

Browse our Shop or call our experts on 0151 676 2888 for advice.

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