Motorola WAVE and Zello Go Head-to-Head

Motorola Wave vs. Zello

Customers have been asking us an all too important question: “Which is better: Motorola Push-to-Talk or Zello”? This brief article will answer that question and help your business make an informed decision on which product to purchase. First, let’s take about the basics of each service:

Motorola Wave VS Zello

What is Zello?

According to, “Zello is the highest rated push-to-talk app, connecting 140 Million users globally, empowering frontline workers, teams, and communities through instant and crystal-clear voice messaging.

Zello offers lots of great features that allow you to communicate across multiple devices. With Zello you can use push-to-talk over your cell phone, tablet, or PC. Zello offers real-time communication at the touch of a button. You can even send texts and pictures to your team.


This all sounds pretty good, but let’s see how it stacks up against Motorola’s Wave Push-to-Talk technology.

What is Motorola WAVE?

WAVE is a carrier-independent broadband Push-to-Talk (PTT) that uses the cloud to extend instantaneous private and group communication to phones, tablets and PCs. WAVE enhances team communication by combining the speed and simplicity of PTT with the ability to share details via text, photos, videos, or documents, letting everyone be part of the conversation.

Essentially, WAVE does everything that Zello can do. So which one should you choose and why?

The answers may be more simple than you think.

Motorola WAVE vs. Zello (Head-to-Head)

Motorola Wave VS Zello

Which of these two brands will win the Push-to-Talk Battle?

While both brands offer push-to-talk functionality as well as mobile apps for phones and dispatchers, Motorola WAVE has a clear advantage. How?

Unlike Zello, WAVE is not merely a software. Motorola has incorporated WAVE functionality directly into its very own hardware. Take a look:

Motorola Wave System

Motorola TLK100, TLK150, and WAVE Dispatch Software

The Motorola TLK 100 WAVE Radio and TLK150 Mobile Radios are two of Motorola’s flagship products that have WAVE compatibility built right in.

Your team can use the TLK100 and TLK150 independently while connecting to other devices using Motorola’s WAVE technology.

As an innovator of communications technologies for over 90 years, Motorola has been a tested and proven brand. Zello neither offers hardware nor encourages the use of radios on their network. Zello considers their software to be an upgrade to your existing two-way radios. However, Zello does not offer support for companies using two-way radios outside of their app. Motorola has been a pioneer in the two-way radio industry and will continue to support teams who use both their hardware and software.

As a manufacturer of two-way radios, Motorola boasts the product knowledge and data derived from real world application to ensure seamless integration of your networked devices. When comparing costs there is a vast difference between a Motorola WAVE and Zello subscription.

Motorola offers plans ranging from $8-$35/month per user for their smartphone app, TLK100 service, or desktop dispatch respectively.

On the other hand, Zello users can expect to pay $8/month per user for their cloud service. However, there are additional charges for Emergency Message Alerts ($2/month), Message Vault ($4/month), and Premium Maps ($3/month).

Furthermore, if users prefer to host Zello on their own network they can expect to pay up to $9,500 dollars in one-time fees.

For these reasons, Motorola WAVE is the better choice for your business to communicate across distances and with a wide range of devices.

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