Motorola T42 Talkabout Review | Is It Worth It?

The Motorola T42 was created with children in mind. Making them easy to use for everyone. These walkie-talkies come with a pairing function, making them quick and straightforward to set up and start using just by pushing the talk button.

Motorola T42 Talkabout

Children and adults can use Motorola T42 Talkabout walkie-talkies. Whether you take your children to the playground, beach, or camping, you can keep in touch with them. They are also great for two children who want to stay in touch while outside playing.

Best For Kids

One of the best features these walkie-talkies have is their durability, aside from their ease to use. Kids are known to be rough on things. After all, they are kids, and they do drop items more often than adults to even send their “toy” on a mission down the stairway banister aiming for a box they placed there as a landing target.

However, often that landing target is under or overshot, and the walkie-talkie ends up crashing on the floor or splashing into the dog’s water bowl. No need to worry these walkie-talkies are not likely to break. Unless, of course, they make too many crash landings on hard or wet surfaces.

The Motorola T42 Talkabout walkie-talkies, while made with children in mind, are also good walkie-talkies for adults to use. Suppose you and some friends are participating in an outdoor activity such as fishing, hunting, 4-wheeling, or any activity that can separate you from earshot. In that case, it is always a good idea to bring along a pair of walkie-talkies.

When you catch an 18-pound fish, spot a 10-point buck, or get stuck in the mud and need some help getting out, you are going to want to be able to communicate with your buddy or other people in your party.

Walkie-talkies are the best way to do that as most people leave their cell phones in their vehicle or on silence in their pocket as not to scare off the fish or wildlife and indeed to protect it from the mud or falling out of your pocket while you’re flying through the field on your 4-wheeler.

Let’s look at the Motorola T42 Talkabout walkie-talkies features.

Motorola T42 Talkabout Walkie Talkie Features

  • PMR446 radios (Headset microphone & microphone)
  • License-free (You don’t need government permission to use the walkie-talkies, and you don’t need to pay for a license.)
  • Easy pairing (By putting both or all walkie-talkies on the same channel for communicating)
  • It has a 2-mile range (which is a good range, especially when the walkie-talkies were created with children in mind.)
  • 16 Channels (You get 16 channels to choose from — make sure you’re both on the same channel)
  • Low battery warning indicator (When your battery gets low, it will beep until you hook it up to recharge. Plus, if the walkie-talkie is set to transmit, it will beep continuously, so check that first because the battery may be fine even if the walkie-talkie is beeping)
  • Keypad lock — (Lock the keypad by pushing the lock symbol. This will prevent you from losing any of the functions you have set.)
  • Scan/monitor (Helps you find a channel that is compatible with your walkie-talkie.
  • Call alert tone (This function is used when your injury yourself, feel unsafe or need help you push the button, and the other party will receive a special alert tone. It’s a great feature to have on a walkie-talkie even if you are using it at the playground with your child.)
  • Keypad tones (Are the sounds you hear when you push a button — this feature can be deactivated)
  • Personalization stickers (Fun stickers you can decorate your walkie-talkie with, easy to keep track of who each walkie-talkie belongs to.)

The Motorola T42 comes in a two-pack of red. Two packs of blue and a three-pack of white. Seeing how the packs come in the same colours, the stickers come in handy for identification purposes, especially with children.

Ease of Use

One of the major selling points of the Motorola Talkabout 42 is how easy it is to use, even for a child. It was designed to be extremely user-friendly. Overall, the walkie-talkies only have a few user buttons that are all marked with their purposes.

You can turn the radio on or off on the front of the walkie-talkie and change the frequency. Users can also turn the volume up or down. You can also send a roger beep (singles at the end of the communication). On the side of Talkabout 42, you will find the transmitting button. It’s not innovative, but you want everything to be easy when children are using the walkie-talkies.

The T42 also has a simple pairing button located on the side for easy access. Pairing is amazingly simple with the Talkabout 42, you hold down the button on all your walkie-talkies at the same time, and they will sync up and tune themselves, all landing on the same frequency. The pairing feature is extremely useful on a pair of walkie-talkies; however, it is even better when you’re working with children’s walkie-talkies. That’s undoubtedly a useful feature in any set of walkie-talkies. It’s so easy even a child can do it!


The Motorola T42 Talkabout walkie-talkies are license-free. They have a range of two miles which is an excellent range of children are using them. A two-mile range is still considered a decent range for a pair of license-free walkie-talkies if adults are using them.

While the manufacture states a two-mile range, you must keep in mind for license-free walkie-talkies, several obstacles can block an inexpensive pair of walkie-talkies such as trees and buildings.

However, the Talkabout 42, when tested, did have a good range, clear communications without interference or interruptions over shorter periods of space. Of course, when you’re using the walkie-talkies in an open area that doesn’t have very many trees or buildings, such as a lake, the beach, an open area at a campsite, or a field, you are more likely to get much closer to the two-mile range without any problems. Therefore, if you and a friend head to the lake for a day of fishing or you and your child go to the beach, the two-mile range is likely to work, as stated by the manufacturer.

Pros and Cons

Now that we know what we are getting into, let’s check pros and cons.

  • Easy to use for both adults and children.
  • Designed for children, but adults can get good use out of these walkie-talkies as well.
  • Low battery indicator.
  • A keypad that locks.
  • It doesn’t get a two-mile radius in the city or areas where there are several trees or buildings.

In Conclusion

Our rating: 4.5 / 5

Owners are generally happy with the Motorola Talkabout T42. Especially since these walkie-talkies were created with children in mind. Adults have found them easy to use and teach their children how to program and use.

Adults have taken them on outings in the right circumstances and used them with little to no problems. Stating the less than two-mile range was the only thing they wish was better on this set of walkie-talkies.

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