Is it Time to Change Your Two-Way radios?

Is it Time to Change Your Two-Way radios?

Two-way radios have been a reliable communication tool for many industries for decades. As technology advances it's important to consider whether it's time to upgrade your current radios to more advanced models.

Here are a few factors to help you determine if it's time to change your two-way radios:

1. Age of your Radios

If your radios are over five years old it may be time to consider an upgrade. Newer models have better battery life, improved range and enhanced features such as GPS tracking.

2. Poor Signal Quality
If you're constantly encountering static or dropouts during communication it's a sign that your radios may need to be fixed. Some of these reasons can be minor and easily fixed but if the problem is persistent or the radios are getting old it might be time to consider renewing them. Upgrading to newer radios with digital signal processing technology can improve the quality of your communication.

3. Damaged Equipment

If your equipment is suffering wear & tear and is becoming damaged it may affect performance and be time to consider a replacement. Operating in a tough commercial environment may create much more wear and tear than the more lightly used systems. It might be time for a change if the radios constantly require maintenance.

4. Limited Range
If your radios struggle to maintain a signal over a certain distance it's likely time to upgrade to newer models with increased range capabilities….maybe considering an LTE radio for nationwide coverage. The same can be said for battery life as well. If newer replacement batteries aren't holding their charge for very long it might be a sign that the radio is reaching the end of its life.

5. Need for Increased Functionality

If your business needs are changing and your current radios don't have features like GPS tracking, lone worker or the ability to use multiple channels upgrading to newer models may meet your needs better.

6. Cost of Maintenance
If the cost of maintaining your current radios is becoming prohibitive, it may be more cost-effective in the long run to upgrade to newer models that are easier to maintain.


If you're experiencing any of the above issues with your two-way radios, it's time to consider upgrading. Newer models offer improved performance and increased functionality and can be more cost-effective in the long run.

If you are looking for a replacement two-way radio system, please visit our Two Way Business Radio page, where you will see our broad range of solutions.

If you are looking for advice about what to look for when choosing a two-way radio system, check out our Two Way Radio Buyers Guide where you will find lots of useful information. If you have any further questions or want to find out who your local Icom two-way radio dealer is, please call our sales team on 01227 741741 or email

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