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Which types of walkie talkies are suitable for me

An overview of the different types of Walkie Talkies you can buy in Singapore

At Smart Walkie, we get a lot of calls from customers whom are buying a walkie talkie system for their first time. They might not know the types of Walkie Talkies available and might make a wrong purchase decision. Typically they only know this after the purchase when they experience lost messages, disruption from other users in the same area or frequent device failures.

To help prevent unhappiness over wrong purchases, we have written about the 4 main types of Walkie Talkies and their differences so you can make an informed purchase decision for your business.

1) License Free

- Range: useful for 1-2 stories indoors, or up to 1KM outdoors.

- Device Cost: $100-$200 per set.

- Recurring Cost: No recurring Cost.

- Where to Buy: Sim Lim Square or Online

- Durability: Short Lived.

2) Localised Licensed

- Range: useful for 3-5 stories indoors, or up to 4KM outdoors.This can only be used for a single site.

- Device Cost: $200-$400 per set

- Recurring Cost: Yearly IMDA license required. . Yearly licensing fee ($100 - $400).

- Where to Buy: Businesses that sell radio equipment and can advise you on IMDA procedures

- Durability: Good. But buy more extra batteries as those tend to wear out fast.

3) Localised Licensed with Repeater

- Range: useful for 10-20 stories indoors, or up to 8KM outdoors. This can only be used for a single site.

- Requirements: A minimum of 50 users is required. Installation of Repeater on-site.

- Device Cost: $200-$400 per set

- Where to Buy: Businesses that sell radio equipment and can advise you on IMDA procedures. They should also have experience setting up and maintaining your repeater.

- Durability: Good. But buy more extra batteries as those tend to wear out fast.

- Recurring Cost: Yearly IMDA license required. Yearly licensing fee ($100 - $400). Yearly Repeater Maintenance ($2,000 to $10,000)

4) Cellular System

Usually also Android smartphone so can take pictures and track location.

- Range: Useful for Wide Area coverage. Depends on Base Station reception.

- Requirements: None. But depends on Cellular coverage

- Device Cost: $300-$400 per set

- Recurring Cost: $33 per device per month

- Where to Buy: US at Smart Walkie of course!

- Durability: Ensure you get a rugged smartphone. Buy sets which can replace batteries without going to the servic center. Here is a Rugged Walkie Talkie Phone you can look at.

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