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Motorola Talkabout Radios

Talk is cheap on a Motorola Talkabout two-way radio! No cell phone bills, no minute plans or roaming worries, no muss or fuss! For families and friends who want to stay connected on the go with the mere push of a button, Motorola's Talkabout walkie-talkies make it happen just about anywhere!

Motorola Talkabout Radios: Indoors

Goodness knows children possess way more energy than their parents. Forget keeping up with the Joneses, keeping up with your own kids is hard enough! Now you can take 'em to the mall and set 'em loose with a set of Motorola Talkabouts. With Motorola Talkabout Radios you can chill back and let your tweens and teens wear themselves out while you relax, still keeping a watchful ear for safety's sake. Motorola Talkabout two-way radios keep you -- OK, let's be real, your credit card-- on speed dial while you sip coffee in the food court instead of pounding around to every rack in every shop. Once the perfect prom dress or that killer pair of sneakers is in their sights, your desirous young consumer can call you in to seal the deal. Motorola Talkabout radios let them do the walking, while you sit and do the talking!

Or maybe you're taking care of an elderly parent with limited mobility and simply need to communicate between rooms in your own home. Talkabout walkie-talkies offer very affordable solutions for caregiver situations too. Motorola engineered two-way radios provide superior signals on both the transmission and receiving ends and volume levels are fully adjustable to accommodate every listener.

Motorola Talkabout Radios: The Great Outdoors!

Just as helpful as Motorola Talkabout radios are indoors, they're even more fun outside! Take your Talkabout on your US vacation, to the beach and the jazz festival, around the amusement park; bring it camping, hiking, hunting, skiing, tailgating... Anywhere and everywhere! A Motorola Talkabout two-way radio is so simple to use, young and old will pick it up in no time! It's easy to find your friends in a crowd or add another 2 beers to a concessions run with a Motorola Talkabout two-way radio. With everyone connected at the touch of a button, you won't be wandering around wondering where Kim and Dan ended up. Want to gather everyone at the car before the event is over and the parking lot gets crazy? Motorola Talkabout handheld radios let you broadcast a message to your whole crew that the party bus leaves in 20 minutes.

Motorola Talkabout Radios: Keeping You Safe

Out in the wild, you leave signal bars and cell phone towers behind -- literally-- but that's no worry! You're packin' Motorola Talkabout walkie-talkies! Found a gorgeous waterfall? Tell the troops! Spotted a bear? Warn your hunting buddies! Motorola Talkabout two-way radios add a dimension of safety that is unparalleled when you're outside exploring. Rolling your ankle out on the trail is a definite bummer, but thankfully it's a lot less serious when help is a simple call away on a Motorola Talkabout.

Useful safety features of both the Motorola Talkabout MH230R and MJ270R include the 11 weather information channels and the weather alert feature that come pre-set in your Motorola Talkabout walkie-talkies. 7 of these channels broadcast directly from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Part of the US Gov't Dept. of Commerce, NOAA's mission is to warn of dangerous weather conditions in the air and at sea. Whether you're out on a camping trip or at home huddled together in a storm after a power outage, your Motorola Talkabout weather information channels will feel indispensable!

Motorola Talkabout Radio Frequencies

So let's talkabout the Motorola Talkabouts MH230R and MJ270R that are available to everyone at low, wholesale prices on Both the MH230R and the MJ270R transmit and receive on what's known as the Family Radio Service (FRS) and the General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS) radio frequencies. The combination of FRS and GMRS in a single walkie-talkie means Motorola Talkabout Radios offer a total of 22 possible radio frequencies for your two-way radio communication convenience.

Important Note: the FCC requires a business two-way radio license to use the GMRS radio frequencies. A business two-way radio license for GMRS does cost money, but is essentially a matter of filling out a form and doesn't require frequency coordination or other more complex FCC hoops such as those for the BRS business two-way radio frequencies. Once someone in your family gets the GMRS two-way radio license, the rest of your family members are considered licensed in the eyes of the FCC.

Other Important Note: Employing Motorola Talkabout walkie-talkies for business use violates the terms of the manufacturer's warranty. This is because using these two-way radio for business puts a lot more strain on the radio than it was designed to handle. These walkie-talkies are made for family and recreational activities and not for the working conditions and heavy duty that business handheld radio use demands. If you're looking for a solid, reliable business radio, has a diverse array of walkie-talkies for business use. One of our Motorola business radios is sure to meet the needs and budget of your enterprise!

Motorola Talkabout Radios: The Goods!

Both the Motorola Talkabout MH230R and MJ270R achieve more than 20 miles of two-way radio range under ideal conditions. That's all good, but most of the time you won't be using your walkie-talkies in direct line of sight down a hill in perfect weather. More realistically, you'll enjoy around 2 miles of radio coverage on an average day across the diverse landscapes that are most common. Pretty sweet for a .5-watt radio! (FCC rules mandate that FRS/GMRS walkie-talkies may not transmit or receive above 500 milliwatts).

So, while you don't compromise 2-way radio range when using Motorola Talkabout FRS/GMRS radio, you do get the lower power output advantages of great battery life and the convenience of using AA batteries you can pick up in just about any grocery store. Added flexibility comes in the form of a the Mini-USB charging port that lets you free up premium outlet space and charge your two-way radio batteries straight from your Mac or PC with a standard USB cable. Each Talkabout handheld radio provides a low battery meter, low battery alert tone, and battery save feature.

To keep your conversations amongst family and friends, the MJ270R and the MH230R Motorola Talkabout Radios provide 121 interference elimination codes (aka. privacy codes) for 2,662 possible channel and code combinations that work to bring you chatter free handheld radio communication. Here's the math: 22 FRS/GMRS radio channels x 121 interference elimination codes = 2,662 possibilities to talk with your friends and family without cross talk from other users on the FRS/GMRS radio frequency band. Better odds than Vegas! Additionally, the QT Quiet Talk feature eliminates interference from non-Motorola walkie-talkies in the area.

Should you be racing down a snow covered mountain when a call comes in, you don't have to wait 'til you get to the bottom to respond. Motorola's Talkabout radio models MH230R and MJ270R feature the iVOX capability that enables your walkie-talkie to sense your intention to talk according to the direction of your voice. Just start speaking and your message is delivered even on the slopes! No hands or additional accessory required! Should you prefer to use a handsfree VOX headset, that works too! With a Motorola Talkabout walkie-talkie you can keep right on skiing, hunting, fishing, cooking or just doing what you're doing.

MH230R vs. MJ270R: What's Different?

The MJ270R comes with a built-in flashlight for power outage and oops! stayed out too long on the hiking trail type situations. The Motorola Talkabout MJ270R also features an emergency alert button that when activated transmits an alert siren followed by your voice or sounds from the area. These walkie-talkie emergency alerts are received by others in the near you and warn local Talkabout radio users of potential danger. The flashlight and emergency alert button, plus long battery charge duration pretty much sum up the major differences between the Motorola Talkabout MJ270R and the MH230R.

Batterywise, the Motorola Talkabout MH230R provides up to 8 hours of battery life with the NiMH battery packs that ship standard with the radio or up to 10 hours with 3 AA batteries. The Motorola Talkabout MJ270R provides up to 9 hours with the default NiMH battery pack that comes in the box or as much as 27 hours with 3AA batteries! Both two-way radios feature a backlit display, talk confirmation tone, time-out timer, transmit LED, channel busy, keypad lock, priority scan and 10 call alert tones.

In a pinch or just out enjoying life, either the Motorola Talkabout MH230R or MJ270R is going to feel like a reliable old friend. Should you have any questions or want some help selecting or configuring your Motorola Talkabout walkie-talkies, please feel free to contact us at for assistance. We're available via email or phone to help you!