Cardo Freecom 2+ vs. Freecom 4+: Which One Is Right for You?
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Cardo Freecom 2+ vs. Freecom 4+: Which One Is Right for You?

When researching the many different types of motorcycle intercoms on the market, you’ll undoubtedly come across the Cardo Freecom 2+ and Freecom 4+, two popular options that we offer. Both are tough, waterproof intercom devices offering an exceptional Bluetooth experience, but they do have a few key differences you’ll want to note. If you’re weighing your options between the two, reference this handy guide to ensure that you make an informed decision.

What exactly is the difference between the Cardo Freecom 2+ and the Freecom 4+? In this post, we do a deep dive into both to help you figure out which model is right for you.

Feature Cardo Freecom 2+ Cardo Freecom 4+
Bike-to-Bike Intercom Yes Yes
Rider-to-Passenger Intercom Yes Yes
Cardo Gateway Yes Yes
Four-Way Intercom Conferencing No Yes
Intercom Toggling No Yes (1+3 Riders)
JBL Speakers No Yes
Bike-to-Bike Conferencing Range .03 miles  0.75 miles
Call-to-Intercom Yes Yes
Charge While You Ride Yes Yes
Non-Slim or Slim Design Slim  Non-Slim
Audio Sharing Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes Yes
Talk Time 13 Hours 13 Hours
Automatic Volume Yes Yes

About the Cardo Freecom 2+

The Freecom 2+ is a two-way intercom device with a slim design, perfect for rider-to-passenger communication. Though it offers high-quality, enveloping sound for talking with a passenger or listening to music, it doesn’t have JBL speakers like the Freecom 4+. Both devices offer full phone and GPS connectivity, so either one will totally revolutionize your ride!

Cardo Freecom 2+

We always recommend this device in the following scenarios:

  • If You Just Want Rider-to-Passenger Communication—The primary difference between the Freecom 2+ and the Freecom 4+ is the fact that that the 2+ is designed for communication between only two people. With a shorter range (about 500 meters), it’s the perfect option for rider-to-passenger communication but can be used for bike-to-bike communication within a short-range.
  • If You Don’t Want to Add Bulk to Your Helmet—Measuring just 16 millimeters top to bottom, the super-slim and aerodynamic Freecom 2+ is ideal for riders who don’t want to add extra bulk or weight to their helmet. 
  • If You’re on a Budget—Naturally, because it offers fewer features than its counterpart, the Freecom 2+ is the more economical option. It rings up for $169.95, while the Freecom 4+ costs $249.95. If you don’t think you’ll ever need a system to connect with other riders, Freecom 2+ is definitely a smart option.

About the Cardo Freecom 4+

The Freecom 4+ is a four-way intercom device with advanced bike-to-bike conferencing. Like the Freecom 2+, it ensures seamless communication between you and your passenger but also lets you communicate clearly with others on a group ride (up to 0.75 miles away). Plus, it offers built-in JBL speakers for the ultimate audio experience for talking and jamming out to music, podcast or the radio.

Cardo Freecom 4+

We always recommend this device in the following scenarios:

  • If You Want Rider-to-Rider Communication—Because it offers a longer range and four-way intercom capabilities, this is the preferred choice for riders who like to cruise in a pack. Communicating with your fellow riders can help keep you safe and on the correct route, alerting others of any potential hazards, traffic jams or foul weather.
  • If You’re an Audiophile—You simply can’t beat the explosive sound experience provided by the built-in JBL speakers. When linked to your smartphone or used to listen to the radio or podcasts, these speakers keep you tuned in to what’s in your ear, even if you’re climbing a mountain pass or zooming down the highway.
  • If You’re Traveling Long Distance—We always recommend the 4+ to touring riders who are looking for a reliable device to take them long distances, especially if riding with others. The premium speakers really make a difference when you’re out on the road for long periods of time and need crystal-clear audio no matter what.

Which One Is Right for You?

Ultimately, you can’t go wrong with any Cardo device—they’re all made to make the ride safer and more enjoyable. And if you’re going from no motorcycle intercom system at all to a Cardo system, you’re in for a revolutionary upgrade to your ride no matter which one you choose.