6 factors to consider before buying the Motorola WAVE TLK 100

Is the TLK100 Right For my business?

The WAVE TLK 100 2-way radio provides businesses with instant PTT team communications over a nationwide LTE cellular network. Offering radio, cellular service and software, it is well suited for businesses with a geographically dispersed workforce.

What are the advantages of combining two way radios and cell phones?


One of the advantages of investing in digital radios, and an infrastructure like Motorola WAVE OnCloud, is increased range compared with analog two-way radios. If your operations need to be coordinated across long distances, and/or a variety of devices, this technology is the answer.

Keep in mind that, without cell-phone coverage, digital radios, such as the Motorola TLK 100, can only be used for 1-to-1 communication. If you lose cellular coverage in an emergency, it cannot make a traditional two way radio "emergency all-call".


How many times have you, or someone you know, smashed the cover on a smartphone to the tune of several hundreds of dollars?

The great thing about digital two-way radios is they are subjected to rigorous Military Standard testing with the knowledge that they will be used in tough environments. Unlike smartphones, they're far less likely to end up needing replacement after only a year.


Traditional two-way radios are designed to provide instant communication, a.k.a PUSH-TO-TALK, and many have a battery life of over 15 hours. This typically isn't the case with cell-phones.

Mobile phone devices are not designed to check for incoming communication every second. That kind of data processing would use up the battery pretty quick. The WAVE OnCloud solution is best suited for businesses who will have their office/data devices near a power source, and their digital TLK 100 radios (with up to 18 hour battery-life) out in the field.


If your employees are currently using cellular phones to communicate on the job, you may have experienced a reduction in productivity due to surfing and texting. Smartphones can be a major distraction, and the dangers of cell-phone use while driving are well-known.

Digital two way radios like the Motorola WAVE TLK 100 have no screen - allowing drivers and traveling employees to communicate for work, and work only.


If your business has employees out in the field, making calls or deliveries, it might be nice to know they are where they say they are.

 The Motorola TLK 100 can be set up with location tracking to pinpoint where a delivery is at any given moment. This application could, of course, be extremely useful in an emergency situation as well.

  1. COST

Finally, there is the question of cost. The big argument for two-way radios has long been that you save on monthly fees and are not roped into restraining annual contracts.

If you already have a section of your team using company cell-phones, signing up for WAVE won't be anything new for you, and you'll probably get a better cellular contract due to the leveraging power of Motorola's network.

On the other hand, if you specifically use two way radios to avoid monthly fees, WAVE OnCloud may not be the best fit for your business. There are plenty of other digital radios that offer the benefits mentioned above, but don't require a monthly subscription.

Think the Motorola WAVE™ TLK 100 might be just the solution you're looking for? Click here for plans and pricing or call 1-800-984-1534 for more info.



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