The Continuing Wonder of the Walkie Talkie

Contrary to popular belief, there are still tons of reasons to buy them. Yes, the walkie-talkie is still relevant. In fact, it is still developing and evolving.

It is hard to see this fact due to the overwhelming technologies and the sheer number of brands and models and types of numerous information-communication gadgets and utilities: high-bandwidth internet connections, roaming data subscriptions, the latest mobile phones and devices.   These technologies have done wonders for many families and individuals providing bridges across distances and allowing them to maintain relationships across vast expanses. They have made sadness bearable and distance negligible.

On the surface, the walkie-talkie do not provide many of the advantages of cellular technology. For one, it cannot work across vast distances like cell phones do. Still, there are a lot its features that have been so overlooked. Which is perhaps why many believe it to be an obsolete gadget.

Walkie Talkies Today

But that is not true at all.  For one, the fact that people still buy walkie-talkie suggests that it provides some things that cell phones or modern gadgets do not. Surprisingly, walkie-talkie manufacturers even continue to surprise the market with more advanced versions on a regular basis which is proof of demand and marketability.

A digital walkie talkie, despite being ‘digital’, does not work like regular communications technology that majority of the market knows. That is both its advantage and disadvantage. On the positive side, a walkie-talkie does not require network connection unlike many cell phones. Instead, these walkie-talkies uses short-range wireless technology which allows them to work where regular cell phones won’t. Walkie-talkies are battery-powered transceivers, meaning they can both send and receive radio messages. They have a half-duplex channel, which indicates that only one walkie-talkie on a channel can transmit a signal at one time, although many radios can receive that same signal. But this is also its limitations. Since it does not work based on satellite networks, it has limited range and do not afford the same expansive geographical coverage.

Walkie Talkies Tomorrow

In terms of similarity, both cellular phones and walkie talkies are evolving in terms of flexibility and mobility. Of course, battery life is a similarly common advantage. In other words, whether a walkie-talkie of a cell phone, whichever has linger battery life prevails. But more than that, mobility is also a major factor. Whether a cell phone of walkie-talkie, the more mobile the gadget is the better. So just like cellular phones too, walkie talkies are getting smaller by the year. These ultra-portable walkie-talkies can be readily put in pockets or placed inside an everyday bag.

For instance, Motorola walking talkies in Singapore released just last year are outstandingly small and light weight. Although it is still significantly bigger than the average cell phone, it is still way smaller than the earlier version I had. In fact, the recent version can fit in a pocket and would have been advisable if not for the unattractive bulge that it creates.  And, from all indications, the newer generation of walk-talkies are expected to be further thinner due to newer batteries which have in the same way become smaller and thinner.