A walkie-talkie, more conventionally known as a handheld transceiver (HT), is a portable, hand-held, two-way radio transceiver. Handheld two-way radios were exploited by the military from backpack radios taken by a soldier in a soldier squad to keep the crew in connection with their commanders. Walkie-talkies for public safety, industrial and commercial uses may be part of trunked radio systems, which dynamically allot radio channels for more effective use of confined radio spectrum.

Such systems always operate with a base station that acts as a repeater and controller, even though individual mobiles and handsets may have a mode that bypasses the base station. People have discovered that when managing remote teams, having a walkie-talkie is the only safe way to have consistent and prompt communication methods, or at least that’s the intent. And it’s a trend that keeps improving.

This is the list of things to look for before buying walkie-talkies:

Ease of use: No matter your age, learning how to practice a new piece of technology can be astonishingly time-consuming, not to mention irritating. Ironically, it’s the most modern among us who seem to be the most courageous about trying new stuff. On the opposite end of the spectrum, some articles discussed why older adults often resist using new technology. Part of the explanation included the fact that people of any age need ease of use above all. An interesting takeaway was not that people should be trying harder to adapt, but companies should design devices and software providing worth. That holds for creating products to be used by all.

Grows with you and your needs: Old-time walkie-talkies are outdated in multiple ways not because of their size (and they are huge!), but because of the restrictions. In the old days of walkie-talkies, channels were confined, and there was no way of identifying who was listening in on your communication. And let’s not even talk about the case that connectivity was never a sure thing. As your company develops and your needs evolve, it’s important to have a two-way radio system that almost smoothly develops with you.

The trust factor: Being savvy internet and technology users, we’ve all gotten pretty good at understanding scams or unsavory types. It’s a little harder to figure out when a product or system suggested by a friend or ad, isn’t actually what it seems. A good brand will always tell the communication ranges without interference and make the customer delight.