Okay folks, we are down one phone, so looking at our family strategy for communications. We got to thinking about walkie-talkies...

I like the idea of walkie talkies, especially because the only thing holding our phones in place is emergency communications.

I also bet I could get Clover's homeschooling buddies in on this, which serves as a *much* better device than a so-called "smartphone".

So please now bombard me with information about walkie-talkies and radio stuff for families. ^_^

@maiki caution: been in the US for quite a while. Not sure about spectrum usage in other countries. You've been warned!

There are p good GPRS based handhelds. Depending on topo you can get maybe 5 mile range. Much worse in dense urban environments with lots of concrete and above ground wiring. Couldn't get one mile in suburban Miami. Could get four miles in Midtown Tulsa.


@awilfox good to know! We live at the top of a big hill, but in a kinda dense metro (). Looking at radios, this might be a new hobby for our family, so experimentation abounds!

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