Do Australian Walkie Talkies Work Overseas?

Going to the Philippines in November and we are planning to take a pair of our little JB Walkie Talkies with us. And it got me thinkin…

Do other countries use a different bandwidth? UHF? To Australia (no idea what its called, also just realised I have no idea how Walkie Talkies work.) So it would be unusable?

Did a bit of Googling and there are a lot of pages saying how illegal it is, in a lot of places, to take walkie talkies overseas.

Or could we still use the 2 Walkie Talkies to connect to each other, but not any other radio in that country?


  • +10 votes

    maybe delete your post, google "how do walkie-talkies work?" and then decide if you want to re-post.

    • …..then i would still ask the same question.


        how do you computer?

        • how walkie talkies work isnt the question im asking.

          im asking the things with question marks at end of them.

          • +7 votes

            @ego22: ok, I understand what you are asking, i just don't understand why you are asking.

            hence my suggestion that you google what walkie-talkies are, and how they function, so that you can understand.

            your question is tantamount to asking "will a paper plane made in australia fly in another country?"

            walkie-talkies are not like mobile phones which rely on "networks" that operate on certain bands/frequencies.

            like a GSM (only) mobile would not work in a CDMA network

            walkie-talkies are a short range paired combined transmitter & receiver.

            they work on their own. the only issue you face with walkie -talkies are the ones you would face in any setting - distance and interference.

            so to answer your question - a pair of walkie talkies that work in australia will work in another country.

            have a read of this page-

    • @altomic Get a life
      Same dumb response to every post

      • NAh i found that to be the exact thought i had and response someone who knew how they work would use.

  • What do you plan to use them for? I know in Japan the rules are different where you can only use Japanese approved radios.

    • just walking around rain forests, and out on the street. we also drive around alot in a couple of cars so just to keep in touch.

  • +13 votes

    No. Wrong accent.

  • It may WORK just fine, or you may be overlapping a band already in use and you'll hear nothing but screeching. This is why different countries have different band allocations - hence why you need to check where you're going.

    From Wikipedia:

    "In the Philippines, up to present time, the use of 27 MHz CB is still banned since the Marcos regime banned it in 1980s. A few operators still illegally utilize the 40 CB channels. There are active CB groups that are now asking Senator Bongbong Marcos, the son of the late president Ferdinand Marcos, to lift the ban and make the use of CB radios legal again."

  • Did you know that you and your partner can't talk (face to face) overseas, even in English? It's because there's a different frequency for voices depending on where you are in the world, so if you go to the Philippines, you can try and speak English to your partner, but the different frequency means that your wife will just hear a garbled mess. That said though, there are some decoders for sale that you can put on and you'll be able to understand each other again.

  • I’ve brought walkie talkies overseas before and worked fine

  • As far as I know, yeah they should work, they send out a radio signal and everyone on the same channel can hear it within the distance and send out their own as far as I understand. So its less to do with geographic location and more to do with how close you are to the other person. Of course thats physically 'will it work' the harder question is, is it banned, are you allowed to be on that radio channel in the country you're going into, and are you using a channel you're not allowed to be on (certain channels are used for emergency services etc).

  • +10 votes

    Should work, if you use Carlos instead of Roger.

  • You might be better off taking two cans and a really long piece of string.

  • They should work as a pair but you won't really know until you get there and use them, UHF Walkie Talkies work on the ultra high frequency (UHF) band - (476.4125 – 477.4125 MHz) in Australia
    looking at the frequency allocations of the Philippines it looks like it's listed to be used for certain Frequencies for Fixed Broadcasting….

    tl;dr They should work without a problem, if you hear noise or other people switch channels. If a Cop tells you to turn it off, turn it off. I can't find anything to say their illegal or legal

  • Yes they work, legally you are broadcasting on a disallowed/inappropriate use frequency and you don't have a license. Chance of getting caught 0.00001%

  • Of course Australian WTs work overseas. They don't use local infrastructure so work anywhere.

    But make sure your charger etc can be connected to mains via adapters etc
    It is legal to use them. I guess using them in NZ should be legal but it may not be legal in North Korea.

    Overseas means any of the 194 countries. Each country has a different set of laws.

  • Off course not. The moment your plane exits the australian air space, the devices will stop working. Why would someone even ask a question like this?

  • This is a legitimate question especially if you don't have roaming and you are in areas which are susceptible of getting lost, having these would be very handy.

    Eg: Disneyland.

  • They will work but only if you speak in the language of the country you are operating them in.
    They are able to be used speaking English in different countries however you have to make sure they are a model that have a translate button on the back.

  • I'm currently typing this on a walkie talkie from overseas and I can say for sure that it will work.

  • Very valid question due to the way different frequencies are allocated to different things in different countries. So of course they will "work" but the real question is whether they will be usable and would it be legal (already answered above).


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