In this day and age of digital media, where mobile phones have become mini-computers (smart phones), and you can communicate with people around the world by typing a few words or using a video calling service like Skype. It’s easy to dismiss CB’s as out of date.
Yet they have remained an integral part of some businesses like taxi firms for example. They use them to communicate cost free between the office and each individual taxi. The drivers use them to talk to each other; in fact I was in a taxi a few weeks ago when the driver called up a colleague to ask him to pick up a fare for him. The reason being that he was taking myself and another passenger on a 50 mile trip because the train I’d been on was delayed and I missed my connection (as had the other passenger). This left us stranded 50 miles from our destination and the train company had to provide alternative transport.
So our taxi driver got on the CB radio, called his friend and arranged for his regular customer to be picked up, keeping a customer happy and giving a friend some extra business.
CB Radio – what’s it good for?
Some local delivery companies use it for the same thing, keeping in contact with their drivers, sending them to pick up items as the orders come in and being able to broadcast to all drivers at once asking ‘who’s closest to?’.
If you have a business where you need to keep in touch easily and above all freely maybe you too could consider using CB Radios. Most companies use mobile phones but even contract phones cost money, CB Radios cost nothing to call and, if you have employees scattered around the city you can call them all.
Don’t get me wrong, mobile phones are exceptionally useful but they’re not the only means of communication you might find useful.
On the personal end, someone might ask why with things like text messaging, Facebook, Twitter and Skype why you would want to ‘chat’ with someone over a radio. For me it’s about personal contact, sure I can message my friends and family, or chat on Skype and I do use those things.
Skype is a wonderful service that allows me to see my friends and family no matter where I am in the world, but it does tie me to my computer and sometimes I want more freedom.
Yes I do use Facebook and Twitter and they too are marvelous ways to keep everyone up-to-date with what’s going on. If I want a chat I can call them but that means I have to have a good signal, it costs money and sometimes I can be ‘chatting’ for a couple of hours!
Using a CB radio to do my chatting on lets me spend as much time as I want for free, other people can join in, so we can have a family gathering over the airways that is immediate, mobile and free!
What more could you want? CB Radios get one today!