Motorola unveiled a new Wave two-way radio, the TLK100. This radio helps provide businesses with instant push-to-talk communications on an LTE network. This radio gives medium to large size businesses the opportunity to stay connected with dispatch and management and stay focused on tasks.
There is a lot of opinions about which is better for business, a cell phone or two-way radio?
Well, Motorola received feedback from customers about the challenge’s smartphones cause while working in certain environments. Employers wanted single push to talk buttons to easily connect, something not requiring a login, and wanted something more durable with a long-lasting battery. That’s just what the Wave TLK 100 provides for them.
How do I know if the Motorola TLK100 is the right radio for me and my business?
We’ll begin by covering the features of the Motorola TLK100 radio and then move onto design, Wave OnCloud network and pricing, and finally talk about the battery life, accessories, and the warranty.
- Motorola TLK100 Features
- What is Wave OnCloud Network?
- Wave OnCloud Pricing
- Battery Life
- What Accessories Can I Buy with the TLK100?
Motorola TLK 100 Features
The Motorola TLK100 is equipped with many features that make this radio a great addition to any business. The radio has Wi-fi, Bluetooth, and GPS capabilities. Wi-fi lets you stay in touch with your team when inside buildings or where cellular coverage is limited. The TLK100 Bluetooth runs on V4.2.
Location tracking and GPS help maximize safety, find quicker routes, and easily manage your team. Location tracking is a great feature to have because it shows you just where your team members are, and you can respond quickly if an emergency arises.
Another interesting feature of this radio is its accessory compatibility with the SL300. This means you can use the earpieces, headsets, batteries, and chargers for the SL300 on the TLK100.
Before, programming radios was a long and manual process involving programming cables and software. With the TLK100 programming cables are not needed anymore and you can update your entire radio fleet over the air. This will save you a lot of time and resources so you can get back to what matters most.
The TLK100 is a unique design different from the traditional two-way radio. Its designed to keep the user focused with little distractions. To achieve this, the TLK design is screenless and keypad less. No emails, texts, or apps come through which keeps you focused and safe.
The radio has one push to talk (PTT) button that lets you instantly connect with a single coworker or your entire team.
Its slim design makes it easier to hold and is lighter in comparison to other two-way radios designed by Motorola. The radio has clear audio so critical information from the team and dispatch is heard even in loud environments.
The radio is tested under MIL-STD-810G, a series that tests the resistance of radios when dropped. This radio can handle a few occasional drops here and there. It is also resistant to rain, dust, and extreme temperature. The TLK100 has an IP rating of IP54. Compared to cell phones, this radio is more durable and designed tough for any environment.
What is Wave OnCloud from Motorola?
As mentioned before, the TLK100 platform runs on WAVE OnCloud. Motorola WAVE OnCloud push to talk is a subscription-based service for group communication that instantly connects teams across different devices, networks, and locations nationwide. Having devices on a Wave OnCloud network lets everyone be a part of the conversation.
Wave OnCloud Pricing
Since Wave OnCloud is a subscription-based service, there are two types of plans available or the Motorola TLK 100 two-way radio. Subscriptions can be added or removed to grow and change with your business.
The first plan is the Radio and Monthly Subscription starting at $35.00 a month per license. This does not include the device so you will also be purchasing the two-way radio for $350.00. This plan gives you over the air device management, unlimited nationwide PTT, remote device management, group and private calls, and location reporting.
The second plan includes the Motorola TLK100 and is a 2-year contract starting at $35.00 a month per license. This too includes over-the-air device management, unlimited nationwide PTT, remote device management, group and private calls, and location reporting. The only difference is the two-way radio TLK 100 is included with this subscription.
You can expect to get around 18 hours of battery life between charges in the 2500 Mah lithium-ion battery chemistry. The batteries are replaceable on the TLK 100. Manufactures like Waveband Communications have replacement OEM comparable batteries designed for compatibility with the TLK100.
What Accessories Can I Buy with the TLK100?
Motorola TLK 100 accessories include batteries, surveillance earpieces, and in-vehicle car kits. As mentioned before the TLK100 allows for the battery to be replaceable. The rechargeable lithium-ion battery keeps your radio running during critical parts of your day.
Surveillance kits help keep communication coming across your radio secret with an in-the ear design. The Motorola WAVE TLK surveillance kit from Waveband Communications provides a large PTT (push to talk) for easy communication and clear audio so you’re able to hear every word.
First Source Wireless sells TLK 100 Car Kits and charging cradles. These car kits are designed to increase driver safety and communication while inside your vehicle. This keeps your eyes on the road and not focused on the radio. These sell for about $300 and includes an external speaker, remote PTT button, noise-canceling visor mic, power cable, and phone cradle.
TLK100 Hands Free Car Kit
Two-way radio accessories help improve the functionality of your radio and give you more access to clear communication while on the job.
The Motorola TLK warranty is two years from the date of purchase. Motorola Technical Support Team is available for resources on troubleshooting and maintenance.
The Motorola TLK100 is a good solution for businesses looking for instant communication across your team without distractions. With two subscription options, this makes it an affordable device while keeping everyone on the same network. With the Motorola TLK100, you’ll be able to save your business time and money.
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About the Author: Taylor Thomas is the Marketing Specialist at Waveband Communications and First Source Wireless. She concentrates her writing for public safety industries covering a wide range of topics on critical communications. Taylor has attended numerous communications conferences including the International Wireless Conference, APCO Conference, and International Police Chiefs Conference.