What are the Differences Between PTT Two-Way Radios and Walkie Talkies

When companies are looking to invest in improving company communication on and off-site, across long distances, and a cellphone or landline isn’t realistic, they often turn to radio communication devices.

The right radios allow multiple employees to communicate with one another across large warehouse retail stores, and construction sites, and they allow dispatchers to communicate with drivers. The uses of radios for businesses are practically endless.

Some businesses turn to walkie talkies for their radio communication needs, but this is almost always a mistake. When it comes to radio communication devices, walkie talkies’ low price tag is often a selling point, but there’s a reason (multiple actually) for their low price. In these cases, businesses eventually make the shift to quality two-way radios when walkie talkies just won’t cut it.

Below, we’ll dive into all of the differences between PTT two-way radios and walkie talkies.


Walkie talkies might be okay if you need an extremely short range. Most walkie talkies have a range of about 500 to 1,000 yards, but walls, buildings, and other obstacles can significantly interfere with this range, rendering them useless. Walkie-talkies also have a low wattage that significantly limits their range whereas two-way radios have a higher wattage, allowing them to penetrate obstacles to send and receive messages.

Peak PTT radios on the other hand have a virtually unlimited range. They utilize existing LTE networks and WiFi to provide long-distance communication, wherever you are.

Whereas walkie-talkies use a tiny, on-device antenna to transmit information, Peak PTT two-way radios use existing cellular infrastructure, that you simply can’t compare a walkie-talkie to.

Audio Quality

The range is also a factor that affects audio quality. With walkie talkies, you’ll find that as you extend the range of your devices and near their limits, the audio quality will dip and you’ll start to hear static. This can cause miscommunication and when static becomes bad enough, communication becomes impossible.

The range of two-way radios eliminates static and ensures clear audio messages.

Also, quality PTT two-way radios also feature noise-canceling technology. This allows for clear communication even in the noisiest of environments like at construction sites, amid large crowds, or in high winds.


While the durability of walkie talkies depends on the type of radio and the manufacturer, generally, walkie talkies are not built to last. The shell of a walkie talkie is often made from cheap plastic that is not resistant to dust, dirt, water, or blunt force. This means that they can easily break down after a little wear and tear.

Two-way radios are IP-rated up to IP68, the highest rating possible. This rating measures their resistance to particulate matter (dust, dirt, and sand) and water. Quality two-way radios are also tested for blunt force like drops, ensuring that they can endure short falls.

For example, the PTT-624G Rugged LTE Radio is IP68 rated and can survive submerged in up to three feet of water for 30 minutes. Plus, it’s also been tested to endure falls from heights over five feet.

As you can see, push-to-talk two-way radios is so many more beneficial features than walkie talkies.

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