The Problem with FRS Radios

Imagine you purchase a brand new pair of walkie talkies to take on your family camping trip. Upon arriving, your husband takes your daughter down to the lake while you go for a hike with your son. You lug the walkie talkies with the hopes of being able to communicate; the packaging did say the had up to a 25 mile range. Unfortunately, once you get a little deeper into the woods, among all of the trees and foliage, the radios fail to work. Luckily the radios were only being used as a fun way to communicate, and not for an actual emergency.

FRS radios can be incredibly unreliable. Industry experts recognize the blatant false advertising on radio packaging and are speaking out. In a recent interview, Ben Burns, CEO of Discount Two Way Radio, specializing in radios for police, fire, and commercial purposes stated, “The box that the radios come in often shows them in the forest, or for emergency communications – all the uses which you cannot possibly rely on them to deliver”.

Ian Poole, editor of and field expert went on to say, “You’re lucky with half a mile [range], radio waves don’t like trees, foliage, buildings, cars, concrete, metal – all the things you find in a city and that’s why a couple of blocks is all that you can generally expect to get…”

With Voxer, your range is virtually limitless. Because Voxer works with WiFi or your cellular connection, so long as you have a data connection, you can send and receive messages. That’s why so many Voxer users love to vox when traveling internationally.

And better yet, if there is no cell signal, Voxer messages wait on your phone until you pick up a connection again, and then immediately send, ensuring that your messages never fail. Voxer even records all of your messages so if you aren’t available to hear the message or if you don’t have reception, you can go back and listen to the message later. And unlike walkie-talkies, if a real emergency were to arise, and you were deep in the woods, a phone signal is traceable by local law enforcement, a walkie-talkie is not.


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