Walkie talkies are still widely used today. While we mainly use our phones to talk to each other, there are situations when a two-way radio is indispensable. For instance, if you’re in a remote area where there’s no cell phone coverage, a long range walkie talkie might be your only hope for getting in touch with someone.
Furthermore, if you’re running a business operation which requires a lot of communication back and forth between a large number of people, you can save a ton of money by using walkie talkies instead of company-issued cellphones.
If you need to order several walkie talkies, you may be wondering whether you could connect different brands together. The short answer is, yes, you can. However, these walkie talkies should have the capacity to tune in to the same frequencies.
FRS and GMRS
Any two FRS or GMRS walkie talkies should be able to connect to each other without any problem. This is because both types operate on the same frequency band (between 462 to 467 megahertz). The only difference is that GMRS walkie talkies give you access to a few exclusive frequencies within this range.
Family Radio Service (FRS) channels are what you would tune in to if you wanted to communicate with a friend or family. They’re free to use and don’t require an FCC license. On the other hand, General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS) channels are exclusive to licensed users and therefore are more suited for commercial purposes. So if you only plan on using GMRS channels, then it wouldn’t make sense to bring an FRS walkie talkie into the fold, even if it’s the same brand.
To sum it up, you can connect different brands of walkie talkies as long as they can be tuned to the exact same channel.