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Recently in Motorola Category

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May 12, 2017

Motorola Talkabout Radio Replacement Guide

Motorola Talkabout Radio Replacement.jpgMotorola has long been a giant in the world of FRS/GMRS two way radios. The company's Talkabout line is well known among consumers and the iconic peanut shape previously incorporated into many of these models is widely recognized as an established image of the Motorola brand. However, in the last year or so, Motorola introduced an entirely new line of TalkAbout radios to replace them, with new features, new options and a whole new look.

Why the makeover?
Simply put, the old or legacy Talkabouts, as Motorola now calls them, were not actually manufactured by the radio giant itself, but by another giant, namely a company known as Giant International. The Motorola name was licensed to Giant on a contractual basis, and Giant produced and distributed the familiar peanut style radios worldwide under the Motorola Talkabout® label as part of that agreement.

The contract was not renewed. Motorola took over the manufacturing of the Talkabout line and designed a new generation of radios around it. Known as the Motorola Talkabout T-Series, these new radios were sent to distribution by Motorola directly, in preparation for the eventual replacement of the legacy models once the Giant contract ended.

The contract with Giant ended in March 2017. From that point onward, manufacturing of the legacy models by Giant ceased and by April they could only sell to distributors and retailers what they had in stock.

What about compatibility?
With millions of legacy Talkabout radios already sold and still currently in use, the obvious question would be about compatibility with the new Motorola models. As far as the FRS and GMRS is concerned, no worries. Nearly all contemporary FRS/GMRS combination radios are compatible with one another, so it is not an issue at all.

However, when it comes to matching old and new Talkabout hardware, there are limitations. Users of the old Giant models will need to switch to the new Motorola models when they upgrade or add to an existing fleet of Talkabout radios. Some components such as chargers and belt clips will not be interchangeable. Some rechargeable battery packs may be interchangeable, but not all. However, models that can also use standard alkaline batteries may be cross compatible. As for audio accessories, Motorola kept their standard M6 connector used on the legacy models, so existing earpieces, headsets and speaker microphones designed for the old radios should be fully compatible with the new models.

Are the old Talkabout radios still available?
If component compatibility or exact model matching is a must, there are still a few legacy radios available to purchase, although in very limited quantity. Some models are already sold out and are no longer available. As for the models still in stock, get them while you can. At the current rate of depletion, we anticipate all series of legacy Talkabout radios will be sold by the end of May 2017. The entire line of current Motorola Talkabout® T-Series radios is now available from our warehouse at Buy Two Way Radios.

To simplify the process, here's a handy dandy chart to help migrate from old to new models. The chart below compares the old legacy Talkabout models produced for Motorola by Giant International with their new equivalent replacements manufactured by Motorola. We also have a Two Way Radio Product Comparison tool so you can choose between any two specific models of these or any other two way radios on our site for a feature-for-feature comparison between them.

Motorola Talkabout® FRS/GMRS Two Way Radio Replacement Chart

Old Model Range* Compatible
Accessories
New Model Range*
MG160A Low AAA Batteries T100 Low
MG167A Low AAA Batteries T107 Low
MD200R Low AA Batteries
PMNN4477AR Battery
Audio Accessories
T200 Low
MD200TPR Low AA Batteries
PMNN4477AR Battery
Audio Accessories
T200TP Low
MD207R Low AA Batteries
PMNN4477AR Battery
Audio Accessories
T200 Low
MH230R Mid Audio Accessories T260 Mid
MH230TPR Mid Audio Accessories T260TP Mid
MJ270R Mid AA Batteries
PMNN4477AR Battery
Audio Accessories
T400 Mid
MR350R Mid AA Batteries
PMNN4477AR Battery
Audio Accessories
T460 Mid
MR350TPR Mid AA Batteries
PMNN4477AR Battery
Audio Accessories
T460 Mid
MR355R Mid AA Batteries
PMNN4477AR Battery
Audio Accessories
T465 Mid
MS350R Mid AA Batteries
PMNN4477AR Battery
Audio Accessories
T600 Mid
MS355R Mid AA Batteries
PMNN4477AR Battery
Audio Accessories
T605 Mid
MT350R Mid AA Batteries
PMNN4477AR Battery
Audio Accessories
T460 Mid
MT352R Mid AA Batteries
PMNN4477AR Battery
Audio Accessories
T460 Mid
MT352TPR Mid AA Batteries
PMNN4477AR Battery
Audio Accessories
T460 Mid
MU350R Mid -- --N/A--
MU354R Mid -- --N/A--
*Motorola advertises FRS/GMRS radio range in miles, however your actual range may vary as it depends on a number of variables. In this chart, we to refer to range as Low, Mid or High. For a brief introduction on two way radio range, watch our short video Radio 101 - The Truth About FRS/GMRS Two Way Radio Range.
For a more accurate, real world estimation of actual range, refer to Rick's Simple GMRS Radio Range Chart.


December 9, 2016

Motorola Talkabout T Series FRS/GMRS radio comparison

In the world of two way radios, one of the first brands that often comes to mind is Motorola. The company is a heavyweight in the arena of communications and manufactures a plethora radio related products for businesses, industries, organizations and first responders worldwide. Not surprisingly, Motorola manufactures FRS/GMRS two way radios as well. The Motorola Talkabout® is one of the most recognized and popular brands of portable handheld consumer radios around the world. Their current line is the Talkabout® T Series, and there are quite a few models available from which to choose. Buy Two Way Radios has them all.

The chart below compares all of the current models in the T Series and some commonly searched features. There are too many features to list them all on this chart, but you can click on the name or image of each radio for an entire list. We also have a Two Way Radio Product Comparison tool so you can choose between any two specific models of these or any other two way radios on our site for a full, comprehensive feature-for-feature comparison between them.

Motorola Talkabout® T Series FRS/GMRS Two Way Radio Comparison Chart

Model USB Vibrate
Alert
VOX Privacy
Codes
Weather
Channels
Bonus
Accessories
Submersible Range*

T100
Low

T107
Low

T200
Low

T260
Mid

T400
Mid

T460
Mid

T465
Mid

T480
Mid

T600
Mid

T605
Mid
*Motorola advertises FRS/GMRS radio range in miles, however your actual range may vary as it depends on a number of variables. In this chart, we to refer to range as Low, Mid or High. For more information watch our short video Radio 101 - The Truth About FRS/GMRS Two Way Radio Range.

December 11, 2015

Repeater capable FRS/GMRS radios

We often receive questions about the range limitations of consumer FRS/GMRS radios. In fact, it is probably one of the most commonly asked questions about them, and for many, it seems to be one of the most important considerations when shopping for a handheld radio. This is certainly understandable, of course. Everyone wants the ability to communicate with others across great distances, and certainly more than just across their front yard.

However, since radios communicate line-of-sight, and given the power and other limitations of the typical FRS/GMRS handheld walkie talkie, coupled with the uncertainty of weather conditions, location and terrain, the average range of direct radio-to-radio communications with the typical consumer radio may not meet some applications.

In such a scenario, one may need more than just a standard walkie-talkie. One may need a handheld radio with the ability to operate through a repeater.

Although the FCC does not allow the use of a repeater on FRS frequencies (and given the 1/2 watt limitation of the FRS service, it isn't practical anyway), it does allow the use of repeaters on the GMRS. Yes, there are GMRS repeaters out there, not too many, but they do exist. But what about repeater ready GMRS radios?

Yes, they do exist as well. We receive frequent inquiries and requests from customers who are searching for GMRS radios with the ability to operate through GMRS repeaters. While they aren't common, they certainly are out there, and they aren't too hard to find.

This chart lists brand name portable handheld GMRS radios currently available with repeater capability. Click on the name or image of each model for details and more specifications on each radio. All models listed in the chart are available from Buy Two Way Radios.

FRS/GMRS Two Way Radio Comparison Chart

Model Interference
Eliminator
Codes
FRS/GMRS
Channels
Weather
Channels
Repeater
Capable
Repeater
Channels
Motorola
Talkabout MR355R
121 22 11 8
Motorola
Talkabout MS350R
121 22 11 8
Motorola
Talkabout MS355R
121 22 11 8
Olympia R500 121 50* 11 8

Additional resources:
TWRS-68 - An Introduction to Repeaters
Radio 101 - How To activate repeater channels on a Motorola Talkabout radio


*According to Olympia, the 50 channels consist of 22 FRS/GMRS and 28 "extra" channels.

February 3, 2014

TWRS-71 - Wouxun KG-UV920P and KG-UV950P Comparison

We perform a basic comparison between the Wouxun KG-UV920P-A and the new KG-UV950P Base/Mobile Two Way Radios. We also review the new Motorola Talkabout MU350R Two Way Radio with Bluetooth.

Intro :00
Billboard 1:16

Discussion Topic 1:34
We compare the compare the new Wouxun KG-UV950P Quad Band Base/Mobile Two Way Radio with the Wouxun KG-UV920P-A Dual Band Base/Mobile Two Way Radio. We'll compare the features of these two radios and tell you which model we think comes out on top.

Commercial Break 19:43
buytwowayradios.com 1:00

Product Review 20:39
Today we review the new Motorola Talkabout MU350R Two Way Radio with Bluetooth.

Questions and Answers 36:10
Questions from readers of our Two Way Radio Blog and members of the Two Way Radio Forum.

Wrap up and Close 42:00
Send in your comments and questions for Danny, Anthony and Rick to show[at]buytwowayradios.com. Feedback on this and other topics will be read by the hosts and included in future episodes of the show. Visit us at www.twowayradioshow.com!

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January 30, 2014

Motorola Talkabout MU350R Two Way Radio Unboxing


Finally you can have a walkie-talkie that's completely wireless! The Motorola Talkabout MU350R is the first FRS/GMRS two way radio equipped with Bluetooth®, allowing you to pair it with your wireless headset.

In this video, Danny Feemster from Buy Two Way Radios opens the bubble pack that holds this unique Motorola consumer radio and takes you on a tour through the menu to preview some of the features of the walkie talkie that lets you walk and talk untethered!

November 7, 2013

The Motorola Talkabout MHP61 Hearing Protection Earmuff video


Do you need maximum ear protection without blocking communication from your two way radio? The Motorola MHP61 Talkabout Isolation Earmuff is a simple solution that offers both!

Designed for Motorola Talkabout two way radios, the MHP61 can also be used with mp3 players, cell phones and other devices so you can hear high quality stereo sound while you filter out loud or harmful external noise.

This video from Motorola introduces the MHP61 and shows you how you can get optimal audio from your radio or other source and up to 21db NRR (Noise Reduction Rating) of protection against impulse noise and other harmful sound. The MHP61 is available from Buy Two Way Radios.

October 25, 2013

Motorola Talkabout MHP81 Electronic Earmuff video


Do you need a headset that allows you to to hear your two way radio while protecting your ears in high noise environments? How would you like to be able to listen to your music player over the noise of your leaf blower? Impossible? Not with the new Motorola MHP81 Electronic Earmuff!

Designed for Motorola Talkabout two way radios, the MHP81 can also be used for cell phones, mp3 players and other devices so you can listen to high quality audio while you filter out loud or hamful external noise.

This video from Motorola introduces the MHP81 and shows you how it works to deliver optimal audio from your radio or other source while it offers up to 21db NRR (Noise Reduction Rating) of protection against impulse noise and other harmful sound. The MHP81 is available from Buy Two Way Radios.

August 5, 2013

Radio 101 - How To activate repeater channels on a Motorola Talkabout radio


One way to increase the range of GMRS two way radios is with the use of a GMRS repeater. While all GMRS radios are not repeater capable, a few of them are. In this episode of Radio 101, Anthony from Buy Two Way Radios shows you how to enable the repeater channels on a Motorola Talkabout radio that is repeater capable. This procedure works for the Motorola Talkabout MS350R, MS355R and MR355R radios.

July 15, 2013

Radio 101 - How to activate weather alerts on Motorola Talkabout MS Series radios


Some FRS/GMRS two way radios feature NOAA weather channels. The Motorola Talkabout MS350 and MS355 both offer this feature, along with weather alerts to keep you informed of emergency weather conditions. This is probably one of the most important reasons for having a radio and knowing how to activate and use this feature is a must.

In this episode of Radio 101, Anthony from Buy Two Way Radios shows you how to activate NOAA weather channels for your area and enable weather alerts on a Motorola Talkabout MS Series radio. This procedure works for the Motorola Talkabout MS350R and MS355R radios.

July 1, 2013

Radio 101 - How to set VibraCall on Motorola Talkabout radios


Manufactures brand the vibrate alert feature on higher end FRS/GMRS two way radios by various trademarked names. Motorola calls their vibrate alert feature VibraCall®. In this episode of Radio 101, Anthony from Buy Two Way Radios shows you how to set VibraCall on a Motorola Talkabout MS350R. This procedure also works on the MS355R, MR350R, MR355R, MT350R, MT352R and T9680R-SAME radios.