6 Reasons Two-Way Radio Beats a Smartphone on the Job Site


In many ways, these portable computers have made contractors and construction workers more capable in the field than ever thanks to the ever-growing number of apps available.

But a smartphone is not your best option if direct communication on the jobsite is your top priority. The better choice is two-way radios.

Here are six ways Two-Way Radio Beats a Smartphone on the job site:

  1.  Service during emergencies

Cell service towers and landlines may fail during an emergency or disaster. Two-way radios will continue to work during those situations. Additionally, all workers can be contacted at once, as opposed to dialing individual phone numbers.

  1. Lightweight durability

Two-way radios are designed to be lightweight and long-lasting. While some phones may require a protective case for use on the jobsite two-way radios are often built to Military Specs, IP-Water Proof and even IS (Intrinsically Safe) specifications, so they are less likely to crack or break when dropped or submerged in water. They are also designed with long battery life, with many models able to continue operating for 12-26 hours.

  1.  Cost effective

Two-way radios cost less than smartphones. There are no monthly fees, service contracts or calling minutes. Also, several workers can share a radio, cutting costs by avoiding the need to issue one per employee.

  1.  Communication clarity

Unlike many smartphones, two-way radios are designed to offer clear communication in most conditions. They often include features that reduce wind noise and allow resistance to vibration, extreme temperatures and wet conditions.

  1. Ease of use

Two-way radios feature touch-button talk communication, creating a simple means of communication. Some models also include cloning capabilities, which simplify the process of copying radio settings.

  1. More Accessory Options

Cellphones are stuck with simple earpieces while two-way radio have speaker mics, wire kits, headsets (Heavy duty or lightweight), all operating with a simple touch of a button or PTT(Push-to-talk), as well as multiple charging options rather than a chord for each.


Cell phones are often considered the best way to communicate among your employees. The fact is, Two-Way radios is the better alternative. It easily beats out cell phones for cost. And their easy push-to-talk design and one-to-all and one-to-one communication options make it the ideal choice for businesses of all sizes!

See the table below for a real comparison of Cell Phones vs Radios.

Cell Phones

Two-Way Radios

Average Monthly Bill $71.00 Per Phone Starts at $99.00 Per Radio and you OWN it.
Dial-Ring-Talk = SLOW Push-Talk-Response = FAST!
One-to-One Only One-to-One, Group, or All
Illegal and unsafe to use while driving Safe and legal to use anywhere
Minute and data limits Truly unlimited talk time
Not reliable during emergencies Works 24/7/365
Fragile plastic easy to break Mil-Spec cases built military tough
Must replace every 2-3 years Easily lasts 10+ years
Your employees can run up your bill with overages Talk Between your Fleet as long as they want
Never know the real cost every month Cost the same every month


*** WINNER! ***