Purchasing Two Way Radios vs Hiring Two Way Radios


Why should I hire radios instead of purchasing them?

Firstly, purchasing radios requires upfront capital. So, depending on the size of your organisation and your requirements, it could equate to a sizable amount of money. Then you have to think about licencing the product yourself, finding and purchasing the radio for each job, the ongoing support and maintenance, as well as programming and replacing faulty parts or accessories.

Eventually, this adds up to a lot of time, money and resources. Which is why our radio hire packages are the preferred option for the majority of our customers. But every business is different, and every business has different requirements. In some cases, purchasing a few radios is the best option – we’re here to help you find the best solution for your business, your requirements and your budget.

I’ve expanded further on the aforementioned points to equip you with the knowledge that will allow you to make a more informed decision when a requirement arises.

More flexibility

A huge benefit of hiring radios is the flexibility you have. Replacing faulty or damaged radios can be sorted next day, and in some cases, we are able to replace them on the day. This depends on the service package you pay for, and of course how the damaged is caused. If this does happen, unlike purchasing radios, there is no large upfront sum. If a radio develops a fault, it is replaced. This means that in most cases, hiring radios is more budget friendly as less investment is needed and payments are smaller and made on a monthly basis.

What do you do with purchased radios when you approach a quiet season in your business? With radios that are hired, units can easily be returned and the monthly payments you make would be adjusted. This gives our customers peace of mind that they will never be paying for more than they need, and they don’t have a number of radios sat on a shelf somewhere gathering dust.

Our customers that hire radios know that their radios will be regularly serviced, the batteries will be in good condition and all of the accessories are fully tested.

Radio Licensing

When hiring your two-way radio equipment from Comms Spec, you don’t need to worry about licencing your equipment. The reason for this is because we carry, or can obtain, any licence necessary for your hire. On the other hand, if you intend to program your equipment to your own frequencies, we can do this for you and advise you on the best way to program the radios to maximise the efficiency of your operation. For this, all we need is your Ofcom licence and the detail of your requirement.

If your radios are used in various locations or for different operations, then hiring has a huge advantage here. Because of Comms-specs ability to do all the relevant surveys and predictions. You can rest assured that you will have the optimal equipment and set up every time. If you were to purchase radios, then you will be limited to the initial products you purchase.

If you did want to purchase radios, but you have varying requirements and locations, you would need to purchase a large portfolio of products in order to have the suitable radio for each job. So, in most cases, our customers have found it much more budget-friendly and effective to hire on a per location/per job basis.


Many of our customers have found hiring radios to be the best solution for them and their business, however, not every businesses requirement is the same. In summary, I have outlined the key points on the benefits of radio hire below:

24/7 support, 365 days a year Lower capital expenditure Only pay for what you need No old radios lying around gathering dust Next day or same day replacements Free licensing Free programming

The goal of this article was to help you in making a more informed decision when deciding to purchase or hire radios, so I hope this blog post was useful and informative for you.

If you do have a radio requirement, or you would like to discuss any of these points in more detail – we would love to hear from you! You can contact us via phone on 0333 000 7888 or via email on

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