Remember Nextel Push to Talk phones? It was cool feature that everyone was using in situations where a quick communication was preferable to a conversation.
It worked great, look somebody up in your contacts, push the "talk" button and boom- you're chatting. It worked so well that the government was looking to tap into it for emergency situations. For a while there, Nextel was onto something. Unfortunately for them, the radios, cell site equipment and back office support only could handle Push to Talk and basic phone calls.
Think about the way we use phones today, that tech was not scalable to handle data. Chances are you are reading this on a mobile device right now. So, cell phones progressed and turned into the minicomputers we all have in our pockets (or hands) and walkie talkies are still a thing.
So, why should you have a set of walkie talkies?
- These little lifesavers allow for direct and immediate communication with people who depending on your set can be in a 20+ mile range.
- They run on batteries you can steal from a remote control or flashlight (perfect for you Walking Dead scenario preppers) while some sets offer a rechargeable battery packs with varying battery life.
- The prices are incredibly reasonable. Especially if you buy them from Trekr Tech or our sister sites Acme Radios or Cobra FRS ;)
- Modern walkie talkies are loaded with options, some come with interference elimination, GPS signal, hands free operation and an SOS signal.
- Higher end sets like these ones come with NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards System built in (NOAA is the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Which broadcasts emergency information around the clock for things like, earthquakes, hurricanes, avalanches, environmental hazards such as oil spills, chemical releases and public safety alerts such as 911 telephone outages and AMBER alerts.
- Best of all you get to say cool things like, “over and out”, “roger that” and “10-4” all you want.
In all seriousness, there are so many applications many of us haven’t thought of where a good set of walkie talkie could bring additional peace of mind or save you some time. And hey, not having to buy your 12 year old an iPhone not only saves you money, it keeps the screen time down a bit.
So let's run through a few situations a Walkie Talkie edges out a cell phone
- Have you ever been split up from your family members at a corn maze? Track them down with your walkies. Although "Hey, Dad I'm over by the corn" might not be all that helpful, maintaining that contact will make you both feel a bit better about the situation.
- Do your kids walk or ride their bikes to school? If they forget their lunch they can get you a quick message and you can make sure to swing it by. Or you can remind them of that doctors appointment you'll be picking them up early for.
- Are you a hiker or a hunter? You may find yourself out of cell service often. Cell phone service is usually best where populations live. If you like to go off the beaten path, the SOS and GPS features on most walkies give you an extra layer of security.
- Live in an area prone to natural disaster? If so you should probably have a set of 2-way radios. Cell service is typically always down in the first few hours after a natural disaster. Two way radios give you a reliable way to get in touch with those you care about.
- Have a emergency preparedness kit? Again, toss in a set of battery operated radios. It's a great thing to have in your go-pack for those moments when you have to get out quick.
- Going on a road trip? If you have people driving more than one vehicle it's a great way to communicate between cars.
In our today's tech heavy world sometimes it's best to get back to basics. If you already have a set of walkie talkies, we'd love to hear about how you put them to use. If you don't- get in touch and let us know why you need a set of walkies. We'll help you find the perfect model for your needs!