Global Roaming

Talk The Talk

Talk cheaper with today's two-way radios.

Walkie-talkies usually conjure up images of World War II and memories of spy games in the neighbor's backyard. But entrepreneurs may want to consider using the modern, more sophisticated versions of the handy talking tools as a way to save on local phone calls. These tools allow you to quickly communicate with a colleague from the factory floor, the other side of the building or even across town, without any per-minute airtime charges.

These two-way radios, typically about the same size as a cell phone, operate on the VHF or UHF channels, and are small and lightweight. Kenwood's ProTalk radio, for example, is just 4 inches long and weighs a mere 11 ounces--comparable to today's cell phones. Users can program their radios to work on four to eight frequencies (depending on the model), giving them the ability to switch channels easily if static or interruptions occur.

Prices are all over the map for two-way radios, ranging from $100 to upwards of $500 for models with more frequencies from which to choose.

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This article was originally published in the October 1999 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Global Roaming.

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