Motorola Radio is a world
famous 2-way radio manufacturer that have been in business for decades. It's only
natural they would want to expand into the GMRS market. The world famous Motorola
Talkabout has got to be one or the most recognized brands of walkie-talkie ever made.
Motorola GMRS has many UHF handies available. Motorola, too, no longer manufactures FRS only
handies, but all their handies now have both GMRS and FRS channels. The FRS channels automatically switch
to low (500 mW) power and the GMRS channels operate anywhere from 1 watt to 5 watts, depending on model.
Here is a high-end featured packed Motorola with a 5 star rating, the Motorola MU350R:
Overall, the Motorola Radio lineup offers radios anywhere from relatively inexpensive to fairly
Motorola advertises that their walkie-talkies will work from between 10 miles to 35 miles (exactly the
same range that Cobra advertises... hmm...). However, these are under optimal conditions that you
won't see in the city or the burbs. Optimal is on a lake, boat to boat, or on a mountaintop, with a
clear view of the ground. Realistically, these Handies will have much less range in "real life" than
advertised, because of buildings, trees, hills, and other obstacles, interfering with the signal.
Here's a quick video showing the features of the popular Motorola Motorola MR355R, a loaded GMRS radio.
900 Mhz Digital Radio
Recently, Motorola has introduced a new mode which operates on the license free
900 mhz band using "frequency hopping", similar to CDMA cell phone technology. The big
advantage to this type of technology is that it's virtually impossible for someone else to eavesdrop on you or
interfere with you. The handies are license free and use 1-watt. No higher wattage models are
available. These 900 MHz handies are priced very similar to their business band
handies, so they aren't for folks looking for an inexpensive handie to keep track of the kids in the
neighborhood. In fact it seems Motorola is marketing their handies for the business user, as they advertise it
as a "Digital on-site portable radio".