You want to communicate effectively at all times, regardless of what business or state you’re in. However, when unexpected events occur, it can be challenging for staff to communicate information throughout.

That is why many organizations are abandoning specialized “work phones” in favour of a more straightforward method of communication: walkie talkies.

Whether you’re handling a group of people or not, you are better off using two-way radios instead of smartphones, and here’s why.

Only Work-approved Applications are Allowed

Because you don’t know the third parties whose apps you download, smartphones are vulnerable to viruses. They’re also vulnerable to malware and hackers. If any of the aforementioned events occur, it’ll expose confidential company information.

But this is not an issue with two-way radios. Only approved and trustworthy third-party apps can be downloaded, and because they’re all business-related, you can rest easy knowing your staff won’t be distracted at work.

Clearer Reception and Audio

Workers utilizing smartphones strain to be heard in loud and noisy situations, such as manufacturing and construction. But walkie talkies are specifically designed to handle this issue.

As you know, they have audio and noise-cancelling features that eliminate all background noise and enhance the quality of calls. It means that you’ll hear only the person on the other end of the line.

Safety Features

Suppose your team works in a potentially dangerous setting. In that case, you must be equipped in the event of a workplace injury or emergency, for instance, in a utility company, manufacturing plant, or petrochemical plant.

While smartphones lack security, walkie talkies have many safety purposes that are available to safeguard your workforce.

More Durable and Rugged

As you know, smartphones are not intended for industrial or commercial applications.

Two-way radios, however, are durable equipment that is built to last. And yes, they’re even built to military standards, with various tough circumstances and locations in mind.


Smartphones can be costly to purchase, and when monthly plans are added, the costs quickly add up. A two-way radio, on the other hand, costs only once.

While most telephones are replaced after one year to make room for the latest model, most users keep a two-way radio for at least five years, depending on how they are used.

A one-year warranty is standard on most phones. On the other hand, two-way radios come with a two-year warranty that can be extended by purchasing additional warranty time.

Better Coverage Area

Smartphones have dead zones, particularly in densely populated urban areas where there may be an excess of signals. As a result, cellphone towers become overcrowded in an emergency, and many calls fail to go through.

Because they do not rely on satellite towers for communication, they are always available in an emergency, where you need communication the most.

Longer Battery Life

You can’t do your job if your battery is dead. Unfortunately, a smartphone’s battery life degrades quickly, especially if you use it frequently during the day.

Two-way radio batteries, however, now last longer than ever before. So, depending on the length of the shift, two to three workers can use the same radio on a single charge.

Not to take anything away from the phone’s masterpiece, but using walkie talkies are beneficial in their own right for both individuals and groups.

You’ll get productivity as you can talk to many people simultaneously in different talk groups. Overall, your workforce would be more efficient and safer.