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Product Description

Cost Effective Radio Communication

Across the warehouse, shop floor or school playground, the Motorola Solutions XT185 enables instant and clear communications at the touch of a button. Developed for business and commercial users, the XT185 is a general-purpose two-way radio, ideal for users needing to stay in touch with staff, colleagues or team members quickly, easily and economically.

The XT185 radio is stylish and discreet, allowing you to collaborate with others. With an IP54 weatherproof design and pocket size, you can take it with you anywhere. It does not require a license and includes key functions such as reading, USB charging, 22 channels and a battery life of up to 24 hours.

No license required
No registration required. You can use it immediately, without having to start exploring.

22 channels and 121 privacy codes
With 22 channels and 121 privacy codes, there are thousands of combinations that make it easy to find available channels.

USB charging
Cable with micro-USB connector
IVOX / VOX Hands-Free Communication
The XT185 features an accessory jack that allows the use of a headset as an audio accessory for simple hands-free operation. The connector allows you to hear messages clearly in noisy areas or quiet environments without disturbing others. You will have the flexibility to transmit messages without removing the radio from your belt or holster.

Use the search function to view the channels that are being used.

Long battery life
Keep helping with a battery life of up to 24 hours. Rechargeable lithium ion batteries.

Weather resistant
IP54 rating. Withstands the effects of rain, snow, and other weather conditions.

Simplified pairing for group calls
Quickly interconnect all radios in your group on the same channel and code simultaneously. Achieve collaborative work without wasting time preparing.


  • License-free PMR446 radio
  • Weatherproof IP54
  • 16 channels + 121 privacy codes
  • Battery life up to 24 hours
  • iVOX/VOX hands-free
  • Channel scan / monitor
  • Simple setup with easy pairing
  • Range up to 8 km
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Additional Information

Key Features:

  • Power
    0.5 and 1 Watt
  • Privacy codes
  • Radio channels
  • Battery Life
    Up to 18 hours on 1.0 watt channels and 24 hours on 0.5 watt channels
  • Radio dimensions
    47 x 135 x 20 mm with antenna
  • Spoke Weight (with battery)
    101 grams

Radio Licensing Information

Radio licensing: A guide to licensed and licence-free radios

What is a radio licence and do I need one?

There are two types of two-way radios, licensed radios and licence-free radios (PMR446).
Licensed radios require a dedicated frequency which ensures that only those on that frequency can hear transmissions. In order to access a dedicated frequency, a radio licence granted by Comreg is required by law. Licences are based on the quantity of equipment to be licensed.

The cost is €22 per piece of equipment plus a fixed charge of €22 for the duration of the licence. (e.g. 4 walkie talkies + 2 radio mics = 6 units +1 Fixed Charge = 7 x €22 = €154).

Licence-free radios (also called PMR446 radios) operate on the PMR446 radio frequency, they can be used by anyone within the UK and EU and as the title suggests they need no radio licence.

Licensed radios

Licensed radios are usually more expensive than licence-free models, but have a larger power output (of up to 5 watts for handheld radios) and so offer increased range and coverage.
For example a primary school would typically find coverage on licence-free equipment sufficient whereas licenced equipment would be better suited to a secondary school, college or university.

In addition, a licence will offer increased security of transmissions through better monitoring of frequencies, especially if the licence is specific to your site.

Licenced radios are generally more robust, with clearer audio quality and the conversation more secure. Licensed radios also offer much more functionality than license-free radios, you can make group callssend text messages and dial up individual users.

More about your Comreg licence

In order to obtain your licence, an application to Comreg has to be made. We are more than happy to apply on your behalf and offer a managed service in order to maintain your Comreg licence throughout your radio project. Or if you wish to make an application yourself, please feel free to ask us any questions along the way as we have vast experience in completing these forms and can go through it with you over the telephone. The application process is usually complete within 10-15 working days.

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Licence-free radios

Non licensed radios are a cheaper alternative to licensed radios and can only have a power output of 0.5 watts giving them a fairly small range.

Licence-free radios can be used in the work place and for personal use, ideally where minimal coverage is needed, within small buildings where users are communicating in a close range.
Examples where these radios can be used effectively include smaller schools and construction siteswarehouses, hospitality venues and independent retail businesses.

For leisure they can be ideal for communicating between friends and family while camping and skiing, or if you are at a leisure park or hiking.

All PMR446 radios use the same eight channels. If there are a high number of users in a given area (cities and other built up areas) frequencies become extremely congested leading to interference on the channels, although usually there are multiple channels to select in order to find a clearer channel.


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