Regardless if it’s the office or hobbies that bring you outside of the city limits, remote areas always make cell reception a challenge. Whether you’re on the job or on a hunting trip, you have to find a reliable alternative for communication. When choosing a portable device to stay in contact while you’re out of cellular range, there are essential features to take into consideration:
Signal Range – This is the most obvious feature, considering if you don’t have reception then whatever device you’re using won’t be all that helpful. Signal strength becomes even more critical during an emergency situation. To eliminate dropped calls and signal dead zones while in a remote area, choose a device that doesn’t have to rely on cell towers for reception.
Emergency Features – While signal range is the most obvious consideration, we consider emergency features the most essential element when choosing a communication solution for remote locations. At the very least, your device should have a dedicated button for emergency alerts that will instantly contact the correct person or group for fast response time, without ever having to dial a number.
Audio Quality – After you have checked the boxes for signal range and emergency features, next on the list is the level of audio quality. If you are operating heavy machinery or competing against harsh winds, you need a device that will cut through the noise and deliver clear communication every time. Communicating during a crisis leaves no room for white noise or asking someone to repeat their message. Choosing a device that doesn’t compromise on audio performance will give you the confidence that your message will be heard no matter what else is going on around you.
Durability – A lot of oil rigs, construction projects, and manufacturing plants operate in remote areas, so any device on-site needs a high level of durability. Even when you’re planning to hit the ski slopes or setting up the tent for a long weekend of camping, Canadian weather always adds a layer of unpredictability to your plans. Choose a device with a high IP rating that shows it has been tested for waterproofing, dust-resistance, shocks, and extreme temperatures.
Battery Life – Overtime on the job or losing track of time in the great outdoors, the battery life of your portable device shouldn’t run out before you’re ready to go home. Choose a device that is powered by a battery designed for long-term usage. Also, consider a device that is easy to change out the batteries just in case you last longer than the charge does.