Motorola APX Series vs RCA RPX Comparison: Why pay $5,000 for a Public Safety Radio?

If you are responsible for procuring P25 CAP Compliant Public Safety Radios for your department, you have no doubt encountered a salesperson pushing Motorola products. Most likely, one of their pricey APX series radios was offered.

However, when looking at the kind of budgets most municipalities are working with these days, the Motorola APX can be an outlandish investment for them. Once all the “extras” are factored in, just ONE of these radios could set you back a whopping FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS.

It’s ridiculous.

Here you are trying to serve the public and you cannot do your job effectively because you either have to work with outdated radios, or invest an arm and a leg in new ones which you really cannot afford.

p25 rcaBut there is a better choice. RCA, one of the pioneers in two-way radio communications, makes P25 radios which are just as good as Motorola’s, but at a FRACTION of the cost.

Don’t take my word for it. Let’s compare the top-of-the line P25 radios from Motorola (APX 6000) and RCA (RPX4500/4600) and let the facts speak for themselves:


Motorola and RCA both come out winners in the clarity department, so it’s a tie. Motorola has its “Adaptive Audio Engine” to enhance sound, while RCA uses the AMBE+2TM Vocoder for crystal clear, loud communication.


Again, both radios offer encryption so your communications stay secure from prying ears. Motorola has no advantage here.


Both radios feature extra-large controls to enable operation even when gloved. Again, the units are on equal footing.


Both the Motorola and the RCA units are military-grade tough, meeting MIL-STD 810 C, D, E, F, G rating to remain operational under the most severe conditions.


Both radios are waterproof in even extreme circumstances. The Motorola unit has a higher IP68 rating (4 hrs at 2 meters) compared with RCA’s IP67 (30 mins at 1 meter). Unless you plan on swimming with your radio, this extra waterproofing is likely not needed nor worth the extra expense.


Here is where the two brands differ markedly. Yes, Motorola did pack a lot of “stuff” into the APX series. Things like firmware updates over WiFi, Bluetooth, texting, an RFID chip built into the volume control. But boy do you pay dearly for them.

For most people we talk to – these extra things are useless. All they need is a rugged, dependable radio which sounds loud and has a great battery life – like the RCA RPX4500/4600.

rca rpx offer


Here is an important area where RCA is a clear winner: We offer a 4 YEAR WARRANTY on the RCA radios we sell. How long do you get with Motorola? Two measly years. Such an expensive radio with such a short warranty is not good.

As you can see, the ridiculously expensive radio does not have any clear advantage over the more affordable one, and in fact the short warranty is a liability.

So you need to ask yourself, is it better for me to have ONE radio with a bunch of fancy bells and whistles I will probably never use, or do I get FIVE radios which meet or exceed all the requirements of fire departments and other emergency personnel when faced with life-threatening situations?

If you would like me to send you a unit to test out, no strings attached, just call me at 877-401-3659 from 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Pacific Time and I will send you one. I promise you that you’re going to love it.

Ben Burns

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!

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!

Simple Tips to Improve Poor Two-Way Radio Coverage


Have you noticed your radio coverage area is not what it used to be and you’re getting static transmissions and “dead spots”?

Here’s a few things you can try that might help improve your radio’s effective range:

Batteries – One of the easiest ways to make sure your radio transmits as far as possible at all times is to use fresh batteries and to make sure that your batteries are fully charged. After about 1.5 to 2 years of normal usage you may start to see some degradation in your battery’s ability to take and hold a charge. This is a natural and expected occurrence in all rechargeable two-way radio batteries. If you start to notice that your two-way radio signals are not reaching as far as they used to, it may be time to get new batteries. Just give us a call for the best prices on fresh, new batteries.

Antennas – Is your antenna cracked, bent or broken so much that the metal coiled antenna piece is completely exposed? Is your antenna screwed on well to the antenna connector of the radio? Damaged or improperly attached antennas can reduce your coverage dramatically. Replacing these old, damaged antennas is a very simple, cost-effective solution that will help improve your radio’s communication range.

Old, Tired Radios – How old are your radios? Are they older than 5-6 years? Have they been serviced recently or at all? We all know that business environments can sometimes be very rough on their equipment. Radios get dropped or bumped into things regularly, which over time may cause some internal components to go bad. To ensure maximum performance, just like your car needs regular maintenance, oil and filter change, your two-way radios need to undergo minor maintenance and tuning, especially after they’ve been in service for a while.

Your Location – If at the moment of the transmission you are inside a building or even just a room with really thick concrete and steel walls you will most likely see a reduction in the strength of your transmissions. The metal of a car or a building can block the signal from getting out to the person you are contacting. This is especially present when you are in the “bowels” of a building such as a HVAC area or parking structure. If this is a location where you need coverage just temporarily, the simplest solution will be to just step outside or get near a wall opening or a window. Additionally, the higher you can go with your handheld when transmitting, the farther your signal will travel. So, if you’re needing to transmit to someone that is outdoors and maybe a bit out of range, get to the top of an exterior staircase or the roof of the building. Transmitting from the highest point of a natural or manmade structure can noticeably increase the range of your handheld radio. If this is a location where you need coverage at all times you will need additional equipment such as a repeater to boost your signal strength and help go around the thick walls.

If you’d like to know more two-way radio tips or if you are having a specific problem with your current two-way radios, just call our knowledgeable radio experts right now at 844-438-3897. No question is too small and no problem is too big. We’re always standing by to help you!