Can You Text With Walkie Talkies?

Can You Text With Walkie Talkies?


Two-way digital radios, also known as walkie talkies, are an effective way of maintaining a line of communication between your employees. Many different services use these devices such as blue light emergency services, events, hospitality, construction etc. Security companies often need two-way radios that are reliable, but also multifunctional as their roles change depending on the situation. Where it’s not possible to communicate through the voice function of two-way radios, it’s important to have another way of sending important updates to your colleagues. At Wall to Wall Communications, we provide digital two-way radios that offer instant messaging, which allows your business to maintain a line of communication in any eventuality that may occur in the field. If you need advice on what walkie talkie system is right for your business, please contact us today


How Do You Text On A Walkie Talkie?

Texting is a standard practice in the modern-day as many people use instant messaging to keep in touch with their friends and family. However, if you are used to only talking into a digital two-way radio it might present a new challenge, especially if you are in the field. However, once you understand how to use it, texting will offer your employees a safe backup to keep in touch with HQ whilst on patrol. Other benefits of using the text feature on a walkie talkie are:

  • Discreetly share real-time information
  • Safely keep in touch with colleagues
  • Get updates on employees whereabouts
  • Send directions to employees without disrupting their concentration

The texting feature is simple to use as most modern digital two-way radios include an intuitive, touch keypad that allows you to type your messages with ease. This is great when you’re dealing with an incident and you don’t want to escalate it by making a call for backup. The text feature is also useful when you may be working in a noisy environment that is hard to talk in, like a festival or concert.

If you want to learn more about digital two-way radios, you can read our Walkie Talkie 101: What Is A Two Way Radio blog

How Will Texting On A Walkie Talkie Benefit Your Business?

At Wall to Wall Communications, we believe that being able to text on digital two-way radios is best suited for industries that deal with the public like security, blue light services, events and hospitality. It enables security personnel to discreetly send messages to their colleagues without attracting too much attention to themselves. This may help staff to preempt a violent situation and request back-up before an incident endangers the safety of the public and themselves. It also enables security personnel to give real-time updates to members of staff back in the office, so people can monitor their location and assist in any volatile situation. Overall, this feature will benefit private security companies because it will enable everybody to stay in touch and offer assistance in situations that are difficult to control.

Walkie Talkie Hire in London | UK Radio Hire

Walkie Talkie Hire in London | UK Radio Hire

Wall to Wall Communications has been providing walkie talkie hire in London for over 40 years. With all this time and experience, Wall to Wall Communications has developed extensive knowledge of what radio hire can do for businesses and events in the country’s capital. Wall to Wall Communications has improved connectivity, security, health and safety and efficiency of many clients, and can do that for you too. 39 years of experience has allowed Wall to Wall Communications to provide walkie talkie hire in London in a reliable and swift manner by a highly trained team. Here at Wall to Wall Communications we also pride ourselves in providing walkie talkie hire in London that meets the specific needs of the individual client, making sure you only pay for what you need but with all of the functions to improve your efficiency across all areas. To ensure this, Wall to Wall Communications has a large selection of products to support your every need. So if you are looking for walkie talkie hire in London, don’t be shy and send the team a message using the form at the bottom of this page or giving us a call on 0208 770 1007.

Why do you need walkie talkie hire in London?

As the country’s capital, London is a hub of business and as a result has a dense population. This can create mobile phone signal deficiencies particularly during large events when everyone is trying to connect to 4G or use their phone signal. This can leave businesses and event organisers in London without fast and efficient communication, which can result in decreased safety, security and mismanagement. As the largest city in the UK, London is also home to large and tall buildings which can cause signal-deflection, also inhibiting communication. A solution? Walkie talkie hire in London. As radios do not use mobile signals your company or business will not be affected by either of these problems and will allow you to provide your services to the best of your ability. 

Walkie talkie hire in London with Wall to Wall Communications

Even with radio communications bypassing the need for mobile signal, the distance and obstructions in the way can also inhibit radio signal. That is why at Wall to Wall to Communications we can provide a number of solutions to allow you the coverage and signal enhancements to carry out your business across the city without any interruption. 

  1. Repeaters: Repeaters are a way of ‘repeating’ the radio signal to allow the connection to extend over larger distances. Repeaters also help when there are obstructions in the way like large buildings that radio signal cannot penetrate by creating a clear path around them.
  2. Antennas: Antennas work in partnership with repeaters and act as a directional force for signal that is being boosted by the repeaters. At Wall to Wall Communications we have a multitude of different antennas that can suit your individual signal requirements, and can be provided as part of your walkie talkie hire in London.
  3. Leaky Feeders: Leaky feeders are particularly useful in London as they are essentially antennas designed as feeder cables. Their purpose is to allow you to have a boosted signal in an area without e.g. the underground or in basements.  
How to use Motorola two way radios | Radio hire UK

How to use Motorola two way radios | Radio hire UK

All Purpose Radio Hire 

Wall to Wall Radio Communications offers short and long-term two way radio (walkie-talkie) equipment hire of base stations, repeaters, walkie-talkies (digital and analogue) along with two way radio accessories for many applications including; festivals, exhibitions, special events, conferences, construction sites, broadcast events, theatres, leisure, security, sports events, film, TV and production companies to name a few.

Two-way radio (walkie-talkie) equipment hire capabilities

We have the capacity to provide two-way radio (walkie-talkie) equipment hire to both large and small events or needs. For instance, we had recently hired out our two-way radio communications to events such as Latitude, Secret Garden Party, T in the Park, Glastonbury and more.

How to use the MOTOTRBO SL1600 Digital DMR Two-way Radio

One of our most popular two way radios by Motorola, MOTOTRBO SL1600 Digital DMR, uses a simple ‘push to talk’ function making it the most easy to use radio system. For someone having never used a radio before, this would prove efficient and easy to grasp. This Motorola radio would be ideal to use as a steward at an event or managing an outdoor car park as it has a rugged and shatterproof external shell. 

Other Features:

  • Ultra-slim profile – Only 22mm thick
  • Shatterproof active view display with hidden LED lighting
  • Enhanced range whilst maintaining a slim profile and long battery life
  • Rugged and reliable – IP54 rated
  • Simple operation – the ergonomics and functionalities of the two-way radio have all been designed for quick one-hand access
  • Analogue and digital capacity
  • Dual capacity direct mode – 2-slot TDMA DMR standard doubles the capacity of your 12.5 kHz channel, without the need for a repeater
  • Voice announcement – audible prompts confirm operations on your radio, allowing you to keep your eyes on the job
  • MicroUSB connectivity

How to use the MOTOTRBO DP2400/2401

This model is the non-display version of the DP2000 Series from Motorola. Because this radio is capable of switching automatically between Analogue and Digital modes with its Dynamic Mixed Mode Repeater Functionality it is perfect for migrating to a Digital Two Way Radio System. 

Other Features:

  • Intelligent Audio
  • Dynamic Mixed Mode Repeater Functionality
  • Limited Keypad
  • Optional Linked Capacity and Linked Capacity Plus
  • IP Site Connect
  • IP55 Standard of Protection
  • Changeable Antenna Bands for Easy Recognisability

How to use the Motorola DP4801EX ATEX

This digital two-way radio delivers unrivalled voice and data communications with integrated GPS, text messaging, full-colour display with day/night mode to make reading text messages easier and best-in-class audio that includes Intelligent Audio and customizable voice announcements. These functions make the Motorola DP4801EX ATEX an easy to use device with all the bells and whistles that you would need from working with a radio system at night, needing multiple channels of communication between you and your team. Due to the low power of this radio, the recommended industry is anything with explosive gases or materials. Such as oil rigs, petrol stations and mines.

Other Features

  • Intelligent Audio Feature: This automatically adjusts the radio volume according to the environment’s noise level.
  • Integrated GPS
  • Productivity-enhancing Data Applications
  • Text Messaging
  • Low Powered: Great for areas with explosive gases
  • Productivity-enhancing Data Applications
  • Capacity Plus with a signal-site digital trunking system.
  • IP Site Connect
  • Linked Capacity Plus with a multi-site digital trunking configuration
  • Rugged Design
  • Water submersible in up to one meter of water for 30 mins
  • Enhanced Privacy with built-in scrambling
  • Emergency Button
  • Radio Priority-Based Interruption
  • Day/Night Mode

Which Two Way Radio To Choose 

Benefits of a digital over analogue radio system include sophisticated call options, improved audio quality, greater structure penetration. Digital two way radio equipment can be programmed to work alongside existing analogue equipment for a smooth migration path, and the repeaters can be programmed to provide two channels working through a single antenna cutting down on infrastructure costs, this set up is available using the Motorola MOTOTRBO DP2400/2401 which has been specifically designed for migrations. 

With so many systems and brands available Wall to Wall Communications focus on the two leading manufacturers of two way radios – Motorola and Hytera. As we feel these brands are continually developing their products and that they offer the most cost effective and system orientated solutions for the industries we have most expertise in.

Two way radio hire for events in the UK | Radio System Hire

Two way radio hire for events in the UK | Radio System Hire

Wall to Wall Communications radio systems for events

We don’t just provide great products, we also have a team of highly trained on call specialists who ensure that our after service is impeccable too. In the unlikely event that one of our products does have issues then we aim to rectify the problem as quickly as possible to ensure that it doesn’t have an effect on your business.

Radio hire for events – The National Portrait Gallery

radio hire for events





Some of our most notable achievements are working with some of the best companies in the events industry including, The National Portrait Gallery. 

The National Portrait Gallery presented many challenges to us in order to achieve an up-to-date system that was tailored around their requirements. These challenges and requirements included updating their analogue system, resolve issues the site was experiencing with coverage and the National Portrait Gallery also needed a communication link between their fire panels and two-way radios. We were able to resolve all of these problems with the Hytera DMR Digital PD6 series radios (PD665 and PD685) as well as adding in Hytera RD985 repeaters and antennas to further boost coverage at site. Now events at the National Portrait Gallery are able to breeze through behind the scenes with new radios and a clear line. 

We can offer radio hire for your events in the same way we have helped The National Portrait Gallery and so many other event businesses. If you need to update your systems all together or just need to hire a two way radio set for one event, we can help. Our knowledge of the industry means we can answer any of your radio related questions through our 5 star rated customer service team, and can be with you on the day of the event to make sure everything is tested and runs smoothly.

Radio systems for events at The Barbican Centre

radio hire for events



We at Wall to Wall Communications were first approached by the Barbican in 2010. Barbican approached us with the intention to modify and update their current two-way radio system. Their aim with us was to extend signal coverage with their two-way radio communications and to connect their multiple sites so everyone can communicate to each other to improve operations.

If you too are facing problems like the Barbican Centre has done in the past, not being able to reach every area of your site with your current radio system, or having multiple sites to extend too, then we can help. You could be our next case study story, of how we helped transform your radio systems.

Two way radios and equipment for your events in the UK

radio hire for events



We appreciate that supplying for events is demanding, time critical and often last minute. Our hire department specialises in providing tailored equipment for events and has a dedicated team that works with our clients from initial enquiry through to project completion.

Wall to Wall Communications is the chosen supplier for a multitude of events and businesses due to the knowledge and expertise that we have within the events sector and our outstanding professionalism. We can offer a comprehensive and dedicated support service throughout the hiring process and the event itself to give you peace of mind.

We work throughout the UK from Glasgow, to Cornwall, London to Manchester; anywhere there is an event, we can provide the most efficient, affordable and professional two way radio systems to hire.

Two way radio hire UK | National Radio Hire

Two way radio hire UK | National Radio Hire

At Wall to Wall Communications we have been providing two way radio (walkie talkie) hire throughout the UK for over 39 years. With all of this experience and knowledge we have seen the benefits that two way radio hire brings to businesses and events in the UK. Whilst providing seamless and uninterrupted communication amongst staff, it has also been seen to improve efficiency, security and safety for everyone on site. At Wall to Wall Communications we also understand that every business and event is different which is why we pride ourselves in being able to deliver personalised equipment for your specific needs. At Wall to Wall we are able to provide everything from two way radios (digital and analogue), base stations, repeaters, headsets and other accessories. Whether you are looking for long term or short term radio hire in the UK, hiring for a large or a small team or for a business ranging from retail to construction, we can provide it all!

Radio hire UK- What do we offer?

Lone Worker Two Way Radio Systems for Construction





To make sure you’re getting a perfect and complete system for your needs we offer a consultation where we can visit the site to see exactly the type of radio hire you need. Included in our service is licencing formalities (OFCOM where applicable) to make the process even easier for you. We then design and install the system with the added security of a 7 day free trial so you can see the benefits of two way radio hire first hand. We even offer training to ensure you and your staff can make the most out of their new communications system once we have left. Once the radios have been installed, the service doesn’t stop there with the repairs and maintenance team always on hand to make sure you can focus on the more important things running your company. 

At Wall to Wall Communications we understand that sometimes you need last minute radio hire in the UK for situations that you couldn’t plan for. That is why, no matter where you are in the UK, we can dispatch radios and other equipment within 24 hours or less. We even offer timed delivery (before 9am or 12 noon), Saturday or Same Day Delivery if you are in a push.

Radio hire UK- Who do we hire radios to and where?






The short answer is everybody and anywhere! The great thing about us is that we will hire out radios to any company, business, event in the UK, of any size, for any length of time, anywhere in the country. With completely customisable radio hire, we make sure you only pay for what you actually want and need. Some common industries we supply to are construction, events, security, education, hospitality and leisure, auction houses, transportation logistics, retailers, film production, banks and hospitals.

Some previous clients that we are proud to have worked with include England Rugby Sevens Team, Glastonbury, The Commonwealth Games 2014, T in the Park, Latitude and T in the Park. 

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