True statements. But, I wouldn't want to give the OP the impression that they wouldn't be able to use a world-wide system of linked repeaters if they didn't buy a System Fusion radio. For the OP, AllStar, Echolink, and IRLP are systems of linked repeaters that use analog radios.Many System Fusion repeaters can be linked worldwide using Wires-X. You may say you don't need that functionality, but you will be able to use it later with the FT-70. Not so with the FT-60.