A new Moto Mod has landed on IndieGoGo and it transforms the Moto Z into a true walkie-talkie

A new Moto Mod has landed on IndieGoGo and it transforms the Moto Z into a true walkie-talkie
Motorola's Moto Mod system, although not the truly modular smartphone that some are searching for, is still the best consumer implementation of the idea that we've seen yet. We've seen a fair amount of Moto Mods hit the market since the Moto Z's release, and Motorola's partnership with IndeiGoGo to get more people kicking out designs and ideas for future Mods has really gotten a lot of creative juices flowing.

We've seen a lot of cool concepts so far, such as a $45 mod that brings wireless charging and an IR blaster in a body not much thicker than a Style Shell Moto Mod, and one of the most recent ones to make an appearance on IndieGoGo is currently dubbed as "Linc." The name may not be all that catchy, but its ability to transform any Moto Z-branded handset into a fully-functioning walkie-talkie is insanely cool.


The Linc is compatible with 22 radio channels and has an operating distance of over 4 miles, meaning that you can still communicate with friends and family when you don't have any cell service (assuming that they've also got access to the same frequencies). In addition to the normal walkie-talkie features, the Linc also supports sending and receiving of SMS, allows for location sharing thanks to the built-in GPS, and can tap into two-way radios with different branding by making use of a radio-over-IP gateway.

As if that wasn't enough, the Linc also comes with a 1,500 mAh battery that can last for up to 20 hours while on standby and can send out an SOS signal if you find yourself needing to do so. The Linc is currently being sold on IndieGoGo for a starting price of $99, and while there's always a bit of risk involved whenever backing a project on a crowdfunding site like this, the Linc has already reached 36% of its funding goal with 20 days still remaining in the campaign. 

source: Linc via The Verge

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  • Display 5.5" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh

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17 Comments

1. Metropolis75

Posts: 196; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

Why not make a shell with a rotary dialer on it? You can but walkie talkies for less that $99.

9. jack123

Posts: 278; Member since: Jan 07, 2013

Well, the regular one doesn't touch screen.

10. killerphone

Posts: 4; Member since: Feb 10, 2017

What about a gamepad with gamestream capabilities

2. addam012

Posts: 7; Member since: Jun 19, 2015

What a worthless mod. Walkie talkie.LMAO

14. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

It's not worthless, those are still being used 24/7 in the oil sands industry (including at my worksite), and unless you've been living under a rock, you'll know that's no small industry. However, this should have been a standard OTG accessory.

3. DaveElliott

Posts: 147; Member since: Sep 20, 2012

Yep. Like light rail in most cities, it's an uneconomical cool. Well, at least light rail does serve a purpose.

4. U_Suk

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

The new Moto Mod turns Motorola's into Nextel phones again!

5. ProblemSolver15

Posts: 372; Member since: Jun 14, 2010

*Chirp* "Where you at?"

6. Sil80

Posts: 6; Member since: Feb 11, 2016

Pretty cool mod , apparently the people that are saying this is worthless dont communicate with people in groups or have never been without cell service.

7. krystian

Posts: 423; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

I guess these mods aren't bad if you're going camping or somewhere deep in the woods for some hiking.

8. JcHnd

Posts: 275; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Its actually a relevant mod... for people in limited signal places, people that must go really deep in tunnels or any kind of construction sites that need the inmediate communication but have no wifi or proper signal. Still kind of expensive, but neat!

11. gdawilson

Posts: 299; Member since: Jul 21, 2014

Funny reading all the negative comments regarding this mod. Have you guys ever gone for a hike, or any other outdoor activity, where there's no cell-signal? This mod is perfect for that! Just because it's not for you, posting from the comfort of...wherever you are with wifi signal and reception, doesn't mean the rest of the world doesn't want it. Kudos to Sil80 for thinking outside the box!

13. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Well, you can buy two decent Moto radios with that price if you're really serious on hiking or outdoor sorts of thing.

12. p51d007

Posts: 704; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

Maybe for construction sites, but I just don't see this as a viable option. Heck, I'm a amateur radio operator and I've got two walkie-talkies (HT's) that I don't even use.

15. andhraking17

Posts: 56; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

this mod will be very useful for people who likes to go on adventures.

16. civicsr2cool

Posts: 267; Member since: Oct 19, 2016

I need this in my life.

17. NJSteve

Posts: 42; Member since: Aug 25, 2015

stupid. mods are stupid. clunky. don't know why anyone is interested in clunky mods...

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