Should We Buy or Rent Two-Way Radios?


When you’re producing a film, hosting a large-scale event, or building on a temporary construction site, you need an abundance of digital radios to make sure your event or project runs smoothly.

So how do you decide if you should buy or rent digital radios? Most of the production companies, event organizers, and construction companies we work tell us renting two-way radios is better than buying them. Here’s why:

1. Renting is less expensive than buying

Buying two-way radios requires a large initial investment and the costs associated with storing, tracking, and maintenance make renting a less expensive solution for temporary situations. Renting means the two-way radio rental company is responsible for all those hard costs as well as depreciation. Two-way radio rentals are available for a few hours or several months, which makes renting a more flexible option. Rental agreements can be written with short and long-term options.

2. We need digital radios ASAP!

Rental radios are ready for immediate use and can quickly be coordinated with all other frequencies and equipment on site. Large-scale events and construction sites require more staff, which means more digital radios. When you rent, your staff is up and running without the hassle of maintenance and storage. You can rent as many units as you need and a discount is typically offered on volume rentals. If your crowd grows larger or you hire more people, plenty of last-minute rentals are available.

3. Cell phones lose their signal

Communication during an event, a production, or on a construction job-site cannot be trusted to a cell phone signal. An abundance of cell phones being used in one location overwhelms nearby cell towers and affects the quality of the signal. You’re also dependent on your cell carrier’s service instead of a reliable radio frequency. Productivity is lost with the cell phone lag time as staff types, sends, dials and waits for an answer. With two-way radios, you just push a button and start talking.

4. Digital radios won’t break

Two-way radios are far more rugged than cell phones and renting them can save costs when it comes to damages. If a staffer drops a rented radio, there’s no glass screen to crack and nothing to break. Two-way radios are built to withstand the most challenging environmental conditions!

Still not sure about rentals?

Contact Commenco for a rental price quote and we’ll do our best to help you out!

Commenco has one of the largest digital radio rental inventories in the country and can quickly deliver or ship directly to your production or event location.

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