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Motorola Adds Two, Two-Way Radios

Motorola is unveiling its 2007 collection of Talkabout two-way radios during International CES this week.

The T9500 and T8500 series of two-way radios are designed for outdoor communications. Both models feature seven NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) channels. They also receive four EC/Canada marine weather channels to receive continuous broadcasts of local and regional weather updates. And, in areas where ringing is intrusive, the VibraCall feature can be enabled for a silent vibration, the firm said.

The Motorola Talkabout T9500 features a range of up to 20 miles. In addition, the radios are equipped with Motorola’s new PTT power boost feature. This feature, when activated, extends the transmission range by increasing the transmitter power output.

Both units allow users to maintain clear connections with the convenience and flexibility, with 22 channels, each with 121 privacy codes users have 2,662 combinations to choose from. And, for natural-sounding communication, the digital audio technology reduces static hiss between words. Additionally, the radios include Motorola’s exclusive Quiet Talk interruption filter, which when enabled helps ensure that radios from other manufacturers cannot be heard on a user’s channel.

Both series will also offer a new car charger accessory, available separately. The Talkabout T9500R radio has suggested retail of $79 per pair, and the Talkabout T8500R radio has a suggested retail of $69.99 per pair.