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What is the difference between a mobile radio and a portable radio?

The use of digital two-way radios has changed dramatically over the past few decades. As we know, many industries rely on two-way radios for efficient and effective communication, and we've seen this dramatically increase their productivity and reduce downtime.



Radios have changed and become more technologically advanced. Today, two-way radios are generally offered in three main forms, fixed to base stations, mobile radios installed in vehicles, and hand-held portable radios.



What is a portable radio?


A radio is a communication device that can be used to send and receive messages. A portable radio is a digital two-way radio that can be carried with you and does not need to be attached or permanently installed on the station.



A typical two-way radio system allows people to talk over the radio channel, but only one user can transmit at a time, so users must take turns talking. When the radio is in receive mode, the user can hear the transmission on the channel, and when the user wishes to communicate, they press the push-to-talk button on the device.



What is a mobile radio?


A mobile radio is another type of two-way radio, but it is mounted inside the vehicle and the external antenna is mounted outside the vehicle. As such, it is a popular radio choice for many industries including construction, transportation, and police.



Benefits of Mobile Radio


Here are a few reasons why mobile radio continues to be a popular choice for many businesses:





If you're driving, the noise from surrounding traffic will be loud, as will the noise from trucks or rigs. This is where mobile radios come in handy when you need to be able to communicate easily.


Better audio


Background noise can affect the message you are sending, which is why some radios now offer technology that actively reduces background noise so you can deliver a clear message. This will help reduce your business downtime and lead to a more productive and safer work environment.


Wider range


Mobile radios are great devices when you're out and about in your car. Through the antenna, they have amazing range and allow users to communicate with each other over great distances.




Mobile radios are usually installed in your vehicle, which means they are less likely to be dropped or damaged. This will increase their lifespan and durability for years to come.


Bluetooth function


Many mobile radios have Bluetooth integrated into the device. This feature enables you to stay in touch with other users without requiring you to be directly within range of your mobile radio.


You can pair wireless microphones or headphones or car Bluetooth accessories with Bluetooth so you can get things done without compromising your communication capabilities. Another great accessory is a Bluetooth-connected push-to-talk button that lets you talk with just the push of a button, which attaches to the wheel of your car. This will allow you to focus on the road and driving while communicating.


Use one of our Mobile Adapter Cables to connect your mobile radio to an intercom or car harness in a pinch. These adapter cables take the place of a "Race Modification" allowing the radio and intercom the communicate back and forth.


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