How PoC Radios Compare With Others

PoC, Commercial Two Way Radios, CB Radios & GMRS.

In the realm of two-way communication, various radio options cater to different needs and scenarios. Whether you're a business professional, outdoor enthusiast, or emergency responder, selecting the right radio is crucial. In this guide, we'll explore the key differences between Push-to-Talk over Cellular (PoC) radios, traditional/commercial two-way radios, Citizens Band (CB) radios, and General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS) radios.

Summary of Key Comparisons

FeaturesPoC RadiosCommercial Two-Way RadiosCB RadiosGMRS Radios
Network ConnectivityWi-Fi, Cellular Networks (3G, 4G, LTE)Simplex Repeaters
Simplex
Simplex

Frequency Range

Cellular Bands

VHF: 136-174MHz; UHF: 350-390 MHz

26.965 MHz to 27.405 MHz

Specific UHF Frequencies

RangeNationwide CoverageLimited Range (Several miles)Limited Range (Several miles)
Limited Range (Up to a few miles)
Licensing RequirementsIncluded with Cellular Plan
License Is Required (ISED License)No License RequiredNo License Required
ChannelsUnlimited ChannelsUp to 1024 Channels40 Channels16 Channels
InterferenceNo InterferencePotential for Network Congestion
Susceptible to Interference on Shared BandsSusceptible to Interference on Shared Bands
Privacy FeaturesEncryption and Highly Secure CommunicationPrivacy Features (Tone Codes) Basic EncryptionBuilt-in Privacy Features Depending on ModelPrivacy Depending on Brand and Retailer
GPS TrackingCommon Feature for Location MonitoringLimited to Large SystemsNo
No
Data TransmissionSupports Data, Text, and Multimedia MessagingPrimarily Voice CommunicationVoice Communication OnlyVoice Communication Only
InfrastructureRequires Cellular InfrastructureStandalone Radios with Repeaters (Optional)Direct Radio to Radio
Direct Radio to Radio

Common Use Cases

Broad Range of Industries and Applications

Various Industries and Localized Applications

Personal and Short-Range Communication

Retail, Hospitality, Outdoor Activities, Family Communication


PoC radios leverage Wi-Fi and cellular networks (3G, 4G, LTE) for communication, providing nationwide coverage and unlimited channels. These radios already have their licenses included, making them accessible for all types of users. Encryption and secure voice, video & text communications, along with GPS tracking, are common features with all Inrico PoC radios. At its core, PoC radios MUST be subscribed to a PTT app in order to get the PTT functionality, which also delivers access to various useful features depending on the PTT app you choose to use. iConvNet and Zello are popular with Inrico PoC radios. However, we recommend the use of iConvNet as the app has been built in tandem with Inrico PoC radios. We facilitate the rental, sales and support of Inrico PoC radios and software services.

Choosing the right radio depends on your specific needs and use cases. PoC radios offer advanced features with nationwide coverage, while business two-way radios, CB radios, and GMRS radios cater to different ranges and licensing requirements. Consider your communication requirements and the features essential for your scenario to make an informed decision.

Browse our inventory of Mobile and Portable Inrico PoC radios and accessories or continue reading to learn more about how PoC radios compare with other types of two way radios.

Selecting the right radio ensures effective communication, be it for business operations, outdoor adventures, or emergency situations. Explore the options, weigh the features, and make a choice that aligns with your communication needs.

Still unsure about what PoC radio to choose? Contact us for a chat about your needs.

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