Push-to-talk is a major improvement over the early walkie-talkies. They also allow you to use your smart device as a walkie-talkie, allowing you to easily communicate over longer distances with the push of a button.
Each push-to-talk program works slightly differently. Most people use apps on smart devices. Smartphones usually allow both parties in a conversation to hear each other's voice at the same time and talk back and forth. The technology behind modern PTT programs is very simple. The PTT application usually only takes one click to switch a traditional phone to a mode that allows only one party to speak at a time.
There are two basic forms of traditional walkie-talkies.
The Home Radio System (FRS) walkie-talkie is the cheapest type and may be the most similar to the one you used when you were a kid. They operate on a specific frequency and have a very short coverage area.
The General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS) radio functions like a walkie-talkie, but at a much longer distance. They are objectively a superior choice, but they have a major disadvantage: you must purchase a license from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
GMRS may work well at close range, for example when employees work in the same building. However, they are not practical when you have a large team and must communicate remotely.
For traditional systems, you have to pay more for reduced reliability. You may see thousands of dollars in startup costs, plus the cost of FCC licenses, and the cost of maintenance and upkeep.
It is easy to forget the value of time. However, when traditional devices waste time or reduce communication efficiency, they will cost you money and time.
Traditional walkie-talkies do not record conversations or send digital files. This usually requires additional conversations, follow-up messages, and other sources of time loss. To lose time is to lose money.
There are very few employee benefits. Traditional walkie-talkies do not allow you to communicate with employees, no matter where they are.