How One Company Saved 20,000 Dollars by Scrapping Their Motorola Walkie-Talkies

I wanted to share a story about one customer that was able to save a boatload of money by letting us set it up with the RCA BR200.

This customer is a construction company that specializes in marine environments. Their builds, often in the middle of the ocean, present a demanding setting. They are dangerous to work on and there is damaging salt water everywhere. So the workers needed rugged, reliable, and water-resistant 2-way radios to replace their existing Motorola CP200s which had taken a beating.

Problem was, the CP200s were discontinued. Motorola was now forcing them to buy the new model, the CP200D, which was more expensive and had features they didn’t need.

They thought they HAD to buy the more expensive CP200D in order to maintain compatibility with their current Motorola radio system, because their dealer didn’t offer them any choice. They felt strong-armed into buying the CP200Ds or else they would have to start over with a brand new radio infrastructure, involving time and money they didn’t have.

Fortunately, they didn’t settle and explored other options. We were able to not only provide them with radios completely compatible with their current set-up, but at a cost savings of about $20,000 compared with the other dealer’s bid.

A lot of people don’t know this is possible, but we took the RCA BR200s and easily programmed them to integrate into the customer’s existing Motorola system. The new radios worked flawlessly. The customer loved them, and us.

So why didn’t their existing dealer just show them the alternative?

Dirty tactics

Like this customer, some of the buyers we have spoken with claim that some two-way radio dealers speak down to them, try to confuse them, and make them feel just plain ABUSED. For instance, they are pressured into buying digital-capable radios even though they don’t need it or plan on upgrading to it in the near future. They are led to think they have no choice.

Another unfair practice is to deny you credit for your existing battery when you want to upgrade to a high capacity one. You used to be able to save some money on upgrades, but now they nickel and dime you and make you pay full price for a new battery. When you add the cost difference over dozens of units, this adds up.

I say that if you need to resort to shady tactics, there is something wrong. If you want to avoid this sort of thing, give Discount Two-Way Radio a call when you are shopping around. We are extremely competitive, and we will never sell you anything you don’t need.

We guarantee our radios to work with your existing setup

Another advantage to dealing with us: you don’t have to be a radio expert.

Let us figure out all the technical stuff and get you up and running, straight out of the box. It’s as simple as sending us one of your existing radios. We will match the new ones up to work with your current radios and they will integrate flawlessly with your entire system – I guarantee it!

If you are interested, contact me at the number below. I have a special going on right now, where if you invest in five brand new BR200 radios, I will give you a sixth one free.

Ben Burns





With All the Grant Money Dried Up, Who Can Afford Motorola P25 Radios?

The Grant Money is GONE

These days, it is nearly impossible for small municipalities to get any money to buy Motorola P25 radios – especially at an average price tag of $3,000 to $5,000 per radio!

This is a bum deal. These radios are ridiculously expensive.

But radios don’t have to be.

What if I told you can get durable, high-quality, P25 compliant radios for less than $800 apiece?

Forget the Motorola APX. Get the RCA RPX4500 and save a boatload of money

I sell the RCA RPX4500 P25 Handheld Radio for $959 apiece (the upgraded RPX4600 is only $1085). When you buy 5 and use our special coupon code (at the bottom of this post), I will ship you a 6th one absolutely free, bringing the effective price down to $799 plus change per radio.

It’s a flexible, reliable, heavy-duty radio engineered to survive the toughest environments. It meets all requirements for police, fire, ambulance and other emergency services.

I personally guarantee not only that it meets or exceeds the needs of demanding public safety users, but that it is absolutely compatible with your current P25 radios from Motorola or other leading brand.

The truth that no one else is telling you is that you DO NOT need to replace your existing Motorola P25 radios with the expensive APX series, or overhaul your entire fleet in order to start fresh with a fresh brand.

You can simply buy a few RCA P25-compatible radios to replace your lost or broken units, and we will program our radios to work with your existing ones straight out of the box.

And again, if you buy 5, I will give you the 6th one on the house. (scroll down to the bottom for that special coupon code)

Here’s what makes the RCA P25 Radios a better choice:

  • Price – You cannot beat the price when compared with Motorola radios up to 10 times more expensive.
  • Integrated and P25 CAP Compliant – Work with any P25 Conventional and P25 Trunking Systems, Analog Conventional and MPT1327 Trunking Systems.
  • Digital and Analog in One Radio – Operate in both analog and P25 Digital modes, plus can auto-detect the type of incoming signal.
  • Superior Sound quality – Eliminates background noise and provides crystal clear, loud communication.
  • Encryption – DES-OFB 128-bit or AES 256-bit encryptions in P25 Digital mode or Scrambler type voice encryption in analog mode.
  • Safety – Lone Worker, Stun/Kill/Revive, Emergency Alarm and optional GPS/Man Down.
  • Designed for Emergency Work – Large PTT Button and Channel Switch with 3 Position Zone Select makes working with the radio, switching channels and zones an easy task even when wearing gloves.
  • Tough as Nails – Meets Military Specs (MIL-STD-810C/D/E/F) for durability, shock, droppage, extreme temperatures, solar radiation, vibration, rain, humidity, salt fog, blowing dust and sand.
  • Powerful – 5W of Power provides maximum signal strength and coverage while lasting up to 11 hours on a single charge with a typical 5:5:90 usage.
  • Waterproof – IP67 rated completely waterproof (Submersible 1 meter, 30 minutes) and dustproof.
  • 4 Year Warranty – We offer THE BEST WARRANTY in the industry, twice as long as most other dealers.

Look at what you get with our RCA radios. Do you get why I feel that that buying expensive Motorola P25 radios are a big waste of money now?

Let me send a unit your way to test it out with your current equipment. No strings attached. Call me at 877-401-3659 from 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Pacific Time.

Ben Burns

p.s. If you are ready to order, USE COUPON CODE P2565 at checkout and get a free RCA P25-compliant radio when you buy 5!

Should I Upgrade to a Digital Two-Way Radio System?

radiowpFirst off, let me say that this post could cost me money and I must be crazy for writing it.

Why? Because I could just insist that everyone upgrade their existing radios to digital two-way radio systems right now and rake in the cash. But I would rather be honest, and tell you that not everyone needs to upgrade to digital. First let me explain a little about the technology so you understand where I am coming from.

Digital radios transmit and receive signals differently than analog. Just as in digital music formats such as mp3s, digital two-way radios break your voice down into a series of numbers that are interpreted into an analog signal the person at the other end can hear. Because of the power of the algorithms, digital can “fix” imperfections in the signal, allowing for better clarity.

There are other benefits to digital:

Greater Coverage

The farther you are from your base station or repeater, the worse the signal on your handheld unit is going to be. However, you can effectively go farther away than a comparable analog unit and still understand the communication. Analog breaks up quicker, as you can see in this test we did a while back:

Better battery life

Analog radios tend to eat up batteries quicker than digital ones. Some digital radios are rated to last up to 40 percent longer on a charge than comparable analog ones.

Text messaging

Since digital radios transmit data in “0s and 1s,” you can transmit a lot more than just sound. Some of the newer digital radios allow you to send and receive text messages, which is useful if you are in loud surroundings which make it hard to hear.


Adding GPS technology to a digital radio allows employers to monitor where their employees are at all times, adding to safety, productivity and accountability.


When you scramble analog radio signals for privacy concerns, the signal loses some range and clarity. Digital walkie-talkies are easier to scramble and sound better when compared with analog scrambled signals.


Disadvantages of Digital


The main disadvantage of digital two-way radios is the extra cost. While it might not be a big deal if you are purchasing one or two radios, when outfitting a new plant or a fleet with dozens or hundreds of units, the extra expense can be substantial.

Needless features

The phrase “Keep it simple, stupid” applies to the two-way radio needs of most businesses. Why complicate things if all you need is PUSH TO TALK, LET GO TO LISTEN?

Listen, when my customers do well, so do I. So the point I am making in this blog post is not to discourage you from buying a digital system if that is what is going to be the best for your business. The point I AM making, is to give me a call before making a decision.

I could help preserve your bottom line by providing a more affordable analog solution – or even repairing what you have now.

If after we talk, a new digital system is the way to go – then I will help you get the absolute best deal I can on your purchase to save you money. In fact, I can outfit you with brand-new digital radios which you can use in analog mode until you are ready to upgrade to digital – sparing you the huge expense of converting your entire system at once.

You can reach me at 877-401-3659

Ben Burns

p.s. Follow us on LinkedIn and Facebook because we often post our special offers and coupon codes there.

Can You Afford to Wait 30 to 90 Days for Your Motorola Two-Way Radio Repair?

Are you sick and tired of waiting more than thirty days for your dealer to fix your two-way radios?

I happen to think that for businesses where radios provide mission-critical support, having to wait this long for service is an outrage.

Let me explain why this occurs, and what you can do about it.

The problem

Motorola’s dealers are primarily smaller “mom-and-pop shops” that do not have the capacity to hold large inventories. They exist mostly as tiny storefronts, backed up by spiffy-looking websites which make them appear bigger than they actually are. Unfortunately, they are assigned territories by Motorola that they are too small to handle. While some might carry a few spare parts to repair the most popular brands and models, their forte is in selling radios — not servicing them. They cannot do a high volume of bench repairs and tend to do them poorly when they do.

Even Motorola’s largest consolidated dealer in the country has this problem — each rep manages a large territory. So when it comes to getting after-sales support, warranty service, repairs, or a small add-on order? Ha! Good luck and take a number, because they are spread too thin.

While many of these businesses advertise they can service your radios, what they really do is simply ship the products off to the manufacturer itself and let them deal with it.

As you can imagine, each manufacturer gets hundreds, if not thousands, of its radios and accessories to repair in any given month. No matter how many technicians they have, it is going to take a while to get your equipment back.

A better way

The solution is obviously to avoid sending your product back to the manufacturer for repair. This is where dealing with a company like ours has certain advantages.

I like to think of Discount Two-Way Radio as a perfect hybrid of the quick and highly personalized service you get at mom-and-pop shops with the technological prowess to professionally fix any two-way radio like the manufacturers do.

We have:

  • A large complement of well-trained service technicians to get your job done right the first time.
  • No shipping to a factory — we can repair your radios right here so you don’t have to wait forever.
  • Field repairs available — we can go to your plant or office.
  • Fully stocked inventory of parts and accessories to handle most of your service issues right away.
  • Flat rate pricing, which includes free EXPRESS shipping both ways for both paid and warranty service — nobody, and I mean NOBODY, does that in our industry besides us!
  • Ability to fix all major brands including Motorola, RCA, Vertex, Kenwood, Icom, Maxon, Midland, Legacy and more.
  • Warranty on all repairs for your peace of mind.
  • An extremely fast turnaround. We strive to have your two-way radios back so you are up and running WITHIN ONE WEEK (and guarantee 10 days at the latest).

Regarding the last bullet point above: most (not all) of our repairs are completed within five working days.

Call me first

I want a chance to earn your business. Please call me personally at 800-895-5122 before you ship your radios anywhere else for repair, and let me give you my best offer.

Ben Burns

p.s. If you think 30 days is bad, I have heard horror stories about radios taking THREE MONTHS to be returned after being sent it for repair. YIKES!

Nobody ever got fired for buying Motorola two-way radios?

The title of this post refers to a cliché statement a few two-way radio buyers would say to us over the years whenever we tried to get them to switch from Motorola two-way radios to another brand.

What they meant is that choosing Motorola two-way radios was a safe bet for them, as everyone was familiar with the brand. They knew that, even if they overpaid, or purchased radios with a bunch of features they didn’t need and would never use, that their bosses would just sign off on the orders without too much fuss.

But, is it true that blindly choosing Motorola is a safe bet for your company’s next two-way radio investment?

I think not, and I am going to explain to you a few reasons why.

How Motorola achieved dominance  

Motorola has dominated the two-way radio industry for over 50 years. The way they were able to accomplish this was to be the first in innovation.

They invested countless dollars and engineering resources into improving the technology. Innovation does not come cheap, however. In order to protect their investments, they incorporated some proprietary features no other manufacturer could provide due to their intellectual property rights. This ensured they could sell their radios at a premium.

One of their biggest cash cows has been the Federal Government – and entity not known for efficient purchasing practices. In fact, the Feds have been subsidizing First Responder radio purchases for state and local agencies from Motorola since 1991 at an astronomical cost – even up to $6,000 per radio!

This is crazy!

What businesses really need

Although it is sad, no one is too surprised when the Federal Government wastes money like this. However, when I see this spill over into smaller agencies or the private sector, it leaves me scratching my head.

Businesses are constantly on the lookout for newer technology that can enhance their productivity. That being said, they also need to avoid overpaying for technology that they will never use. And this is the situation facing many Motorola two-way radio buyers.

I sell to over 80,000 businesses in the US, and I would say more than 90 percent of those businesses need only “push to talk” and “let go to listen” technology when it comes to two-way radios.


The fact that a radio can incorporate GPS, Bluetooth, Large Color Digital Displays, and a host of other really “gee-whiz” features should mean diddly squat to the 9 out of 10 businesses that don’t need them and will not use them even once.

So don’t fall into the trap of overspending for bells and whistles that are meaningless to your business.

A better choice

RCA, another very well-known brand in the electronics industry, is disrupting the two-way radio industry in a positive way. First, it offers its radios factory direct through us here at Discount Two Way-Radio, its North American distributor, which removes a layer of distribution and cost. Second, it also provides us with a large inventory of new radios, accessories, and repair parts so we can turn things around in 5 to 7 days — much quicker than having to ship to the factory, which is the case with most Motorola dealers.

At the competition, new radio orders and repairs can take 30 to 45 days – and I have heard horror stories where the repair was closer to 90 days. Try explaining that delay away when your boss asks “Why did we choose Motorola two-way radios?”

You might just find out the hard way that someone could indeed get fired for purchasing Motorola!