October 8, 2003
Old Fashion Walkie-Talkies versus Cell Phones' PTT
As the cell phone industry is looking into push-to-talk features for their new models, according to WSJ, sales of old fashion walkie-talkies are up. "Research firm NPD Group estimates that about eight million two-way radios were sold to consumers in 2002, up 60% from about five million in 2000."
Falling prices - walkie-talkies retail for as little as $30 to more than $100 - new sleek designs, longer ranges and a one shot deal are part of the attraction, as well as their reliability when other forms of communication fail, such as during a blackout.
"Cellphone "walkie-talkies" (Nextel, Verizon Wireless, and soon Sprint) can be used over a much wider range of distance than regular walkie-talkies, but they also come with the usual cellphone service gaps and monthly fees. In contrast, once you buy a regular walkie-talkie, it is paid for".
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