No Signals? No Problem : GoTenna Gadget Lets You Message Without Network Coverage
Sending text messages in remote places could be a serious problem. Just imagine, you have to give some important information to your friend, and you are out of network coverage. A new startup tries to fix this issue with the aid of GoTenna, a device that will allow people to send text messages without Wi-Fi or network signals.
The device makes use of low energy Bluetooth signals and a partner app to relay the messages between people who have the device paired to their phone. It will allow users to send and receive text messages from friends up to a distance of 50 miles.
Daniela Perdomo, the CEO of the Brooklyn-based GoTenna, stated that the idea of the device came from the incident of Hurricane Sandy when disabled networks hampered the communication. The device has plenty of applications beyond emergencies and disasters. When you are travelling abroad or attending some kind of music festivals then this device will be very helpful in staying connected with friends.
The device can be customized as you wish. It offers pretty much the same features as would any other messaging app on smartphones does.
Though the maximum range of GoTenna is 50 miles, the coverage depends on your location and elevation. When you reside in an urban environment, the coverage could be only a couple of miles while you can avail the full range in mountainous areas.
The device also carries features of making emergency messages such as “shout” messages to anybody within the range. All communication done with GoTenna is encrypted from end-to-end. They are self-destructing and not stored on a central server in order to enable “off-the-grid” communications.
The device gets charged with USB and battery stays for around 30 hours when it is continuously On or for 3 days when used off and on. If you buy the device in pairs, the retail price will be $299.99. You can easily purchase a set for $149.99 during the period of preordering.