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2 way radios or cell phone's

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by AllSeasonsAllReasons, Feb 20, 2001.

  1. AllSeasonsAllReasons

    AllSeasonsAllReasons LawnSite Member
    Posts: 74

    I was wondering what you guys use to communicate between trucks and home? I checked into the two way radios it is 400.00 for the license. And about 400.00 for a radio. In my case i would want three of them one for each truck and one for the wife at home. Oh yeah and 8.00 a month for using there tower. I just thought in the long run it might be cheaper! What do you guy's use and whats your thoughts on this?
  2. mike

    mike LawnSite Member
    Posts: 84

    Go with Nextel, cell phone with 2-way use also. Nextel charges a flat rate per month. Check with your local dealer!!!!
  3. GREG R

    GREG R LawnSite Member
    Posts: 105

    I used Maxon two-way radios for about 5 year they were
    great. Had 4 of them with extra chargers and battiers,
    leather hoister,monthly fee was $12 per radio.
    total equipment value $3200.00
    the company that owned the tower sold the airwaves
    to NEXEL. I recieved a letter from them telling me
    that my radio would be shut off as of 04-01-00.
    and there was not a darn thing I could do about it.
    they did offer me $100.00 per radio (I sold them on e-bay)
    So I went to cell phones, I liked the two-ways
    alot better than the cell phones. Price is about
    the same only have two cell phones now.
  4. KirbysLawn

    KirbysLawn Millenium Member
    Posts: 3,486

    I use Nextel, private call works from VA to Jacksonville Fla.
  5. Mark

    Mark LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 723

    I always carry a cellphone for breakdowns and emergencys. Paid Four dollars for my phone,and usually a Thirty dollar pre-paid card last me the season. Marks Mowing Service
  6. EarthTech Landscapes

    EarthTech Landscapes LawnSite Member
    Posts: 64

    We use cell phones and text pagers. I'm thinking of switching to nextels, because my personal phone bill is betwwen 350 to 400 a month and my guys are alot less, i think the two way radio feature from nextel might be the way to go.
  7. jasonp

    jasonp LawnSite Member
    from Alabama
    Posts: 147

    Nextel, I think they have buy one get one free right now and also you can find some good deals on ebay for nextel phones.
  8. Craig Jones

    Craig Jones LawnSite Member
    Posts: 121

    We are using Nextel Cell phones and they have like others have mentioned a private line feature and a 2 way radio feature. We have had them for a year and are very happy with them.
  9. kutnkru

    kutnkru LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,662

    its the only way to go buddy row!

  10. SJR Lawncare

    SJR Lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 250

    I use NEXTEL. You can stay in touch with your employees, nurseries, Fert. provider, dealer etc. All with the touch of a button........Assuming they all have one too...LOL


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