License Free Radios
These two-way radios can be used for either commercial or personal use without the need for an FCC license. Yet they're designed to standards and features found on many professional business 2-way radios.
New FCC rules have changed FRS radio service. Now FRS radios can be used for commercial businesses. Now FRS radios can have up to 2 watts of power, similar to many commercial-grade two-way radios. However, due to their antenna limitations their range is still less than commercial grade radios. FRS frequencies are UHF only.
The radios listed as "900MHz On-Site" typically provide coverage within an area of between 325,000 - 350,000 sq ft and transmit at 1 watt. 900MHZ radios work well indoors but have limited range outdoors.
The MURS radios (Multi-Use Radio Service) use 5 VHF frequencies and transmit at 2 watts. MURS radios typically provide coverage between 3 and 5 miles outdoors (depending on conditions), and 1½ - 2½ miles in urban conditions. Indoors MURS radios are prone to "dead spots" when used indoors, as all VHF radios are. For more information on MURS radios, frequencies, and rules see MURS Radio.
LTE, Network & Satellite Radios
LTE, Network, and Satellite radios do not require an FCC license. However, LTE and Satellite radios use proprietary networks so they do require a monthly service fee. Network radios communicate through your computer network, so they do not require any monthly fees. Please see our category "Network | LTE | Satellite" to view these radios.