Two-Way Radios vs Cell Phones: Which System is Right for Your Operation?In any industry, communication is everything. No matter the workspace—be it a construction site, the cab of a truck, or an office—it is crucial to have a quick and dependable connection with the team. For many dispatch-centric businesses, the decision often comes down to two-way radios or cell phones. While TeamConnect allows both Motorola radios and smartphones to be integrated with push-to-talk communication, there are elements of each that are best suited to individual members of your workforce.
A Closer Look at Two-Way Communication DevicesTo assist management in deciding whether two-way radios or cell phones equipped with push-to-talk are best suited to the needs of their operation, here’s a closer look at what each device has to offer:
Versatility of Features to Meet Operation Demands When comparing two-way radios vs. cell phones, consider the needs of your team as they apply to the successful completion of ongoing tasks. For instance, bus drivers, delivery personnel, or field workers may require the ability to send and fulfill photo voice documentation from a device that meets DOT regulations—a characteristic unique to TeamConnect and MOTOTRBO two-way radios. Meanwhile, administration may require push-to-talk communication along with email and text messaging capabilities, which are only accessible through smartphones.
Durability on the Field, Flexibility in the Office Many two-way radios offer a longer battery life than cell phones and are built to withstand harsh conditions. Neither a drop on the construction site nor snowy conditions in the field are a match for these kinds of communication devices. This durability means the risk of damage—and costly replacements—are lessened. However, members of the management team who do not require this form of endurance may prefer the slim and versatile nature of smartphones equipped with TeamConnect.
Meeting Business Budgets with Affordable Plans and Pricing For workers who don’t need the flexibility of smartphones, two-way radios are a cost-effective communication option. Service plans do not incur overages and the durability of two-way radios mitigates the need for repairs and costly downtime. Equipment purchases can be financed for as low as $1 per day and devices last up to 10 years.