Advantages of Two-Way Radios over Cell Phones

Two-Way Radios

Two-way radio systems have many advantages over cell phones for commercial users.

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Below are some of the top reasons to consider a two-way radio system over a cellular-based solution for your organization:

Lower Total Cost of Ownership

Two-way radios cost less than cell phones, especially with new smart phone models selling for more than $800. There are no monthly fees, service contracts, roaming charges, or calling minutes associated with a two-way radio. Also, several workers can share a radio, cutting costs by avoiding the need to issue one per employee.

More Efficient Radio Fleet Management

A two-way radio system provides significant fleet management advantages over cell phones. For example, two-way radios can be restricted to system use. Radio users cannot use the system for personal calls. Not only do you know who is using your system, you can make conversations more secure by using digital encryption. Encrypted conversations eliminate the risk of secure information being intercepted by unauthorized users.


If you’ve ever dropped a cell phone, you will appreciate the fact that two-way radios are built to military specifications. Hytera radios are built to standards set by the US military for the ability to withstand dust, fog, humidity, impact, vibration, extreme temperatures, and water intrusion. Every Hytera radio is factory-tested for compliance with each specification.


Two-way radio systems offer instant connectivity with the press of a button. This feature is vital in an emergency or hazardous environments in which instructions and information must be relayed quickly, such as between the control center and safety crew of a power plant. Cell phones are limited in this area because of the time taken by the device to connect to the network and for the network to establish a connection to another user. Additionally, two-way radio systems often include battery backups to ensure smooth communication during power outages and features that reduce wind and environmental noise.

Purpose-Built Devices

Two-way radios were built for short-term quick communications. You don't need to waste time dialing - just push to talk! With a two-way radio, an employee is always connected to their co-workers, even if they’re working alone at a remote site. This is even more advantageous if the location has spotty or non-existent cell phone coverage. Another advantage in the two-way radio design is battery life. Most cell phones can only go 2 to 3 hours on a charge, while two-way radios can typically last 14 to 16 hours - through a worker’s complete shift.