Let's be honest, cell phones are a wonderful tool for communicating. We are able to use these small devices to connect with people all over the world through voice, video, and text-based communications. However, while these devices are the cornerstone to our personal communications, those who work in sectors like education, manufacturing, healthcare or public safety cannot always rely on this technology.
For those workers, two-way radios offer so many more relevant benefits and can be relied upon in nearly every situation. Here are ten reasons why you should choose two-way digital radios over cell phones.
Longer Battery Life
What good is a communications tool if it dies? Most cell phones lose the vast majority of their battery life during a typical workday for those who use them regularly. This means that if your organization chooses to rely on cell phones for communication, you may be left in the dark at the worst possible times.
For example, what if there is an emergency on your campus or at your plant but your cell phone was dead? How would you communicate? By swapping out your cell phones for digital radios, you eliminate the stress of not being able to communicate due to a dead battery, as two-way radios can last twice as long as typical cell phones.
Better Network Security
Digital two-way radios offer a vast improvement in terms of security, as they help to ensure privacy via a closed network. On the other hand, cell phones use public networks to communicate, leaving those communications vulnerable to security threats.
Improved Call Quality and Coverage
With cell phones, users become vulnerable to dead spots and have to rely on their proximity to cell towers for their reception. This isn’t practical for those in public safety, manufacturing, healthcare, or education sectors. These workers need to remain constantly connected and dropped calls hinders the communication that they rely on in order to stay safe and efficient.
With two-way radios, users no longer have to rely on the cell tower or have to worry about dead spots. They receive excellent reception and an expanded coverage area, leading to a better communications experience.
Speaking of call quality, cell phone calls can be easily disrupted by other noises in the environment, i.e. machines, traffic, or just simply other people. This is due to the basic microphone technology used by our cell phones that tend to pick up everything without cancelling anything.
This can be avoided by communicating via radio. Most two-way radios now offer some form of noise cancelling technology that can help eliminate wind interference and other common noises. This ensures clear communication regardless of the environment the user is in.
Have you ever seen one of those “drop tests” for smartphones? People record themselves dropping their phones to see how durable they are even after slamming into the ground. Most of the time, the screen cracks and some even find the phone stops working all together.
Organizations can avoid this by relying on radio communication. Most radios are built to withstand extreme environments and can still be relied upon even after an event that would render your typical cell phone useless.
More Practical User Interface
One of the biggest issues with using cell phones for organizational communication (like on campus or in the field) is that these devices are designed for so much more than just voice communication. For example, most phones have a user interface cluttered with applications that users in the field or on the job have no use for. This can cause confusion and delays, which are actually avoided by the simple-to-use user interface two-way radios offer. Basically, radios are designed for these environments, phones are not.
Enhanced Communication Capabilities
When you communicate via phone, you are locked into one-on-one communication or a three-person call. Digital two-way radios offer prompt one-to-many communication, meaning users can communicate with the whole team much more efficiently than with a cell phone.
Better Suited for Emergency Situations
As mentioned above, cell phones can be rendered useless if dropped or located in a dead spot, both of which can occur in emergencies. Whether it is a man-down situation or a natural disaster, users need to have a communications device designed to function even in an emergency situation. This helps keep the team safe, as well as any who may rely on them.
This one is very simple: those who use cell phones for their communication pay a monthly bill. Those who use digital two-way radios have the option to own their devices, i.e. no month-to-month payments.
Radios are Just More Practical
Cell phones are an incredible tool for many situations. However, they were not designed for organizational communications the way that two-way radios are. Radio communications are the superior choice when compared to cell phones. You can read all about it in our free resource below!