goTenna | No service, no problem.

goTenna has an interesting proposition. I’m not sure what kind of market they have to reach out to but they’ll be damned if they don’t try. So what are they cooking up – a way to text or send your location when you don’t have service. How you ask? Before they can bring this product to the market they need to fund it, so they’re doing a little discounted pre-ordering on their website. Apparently they’ve got everything except cash

goTenna enables you to communicate without any need for central connectivity whatsoever—no cell towers, no wifi, no satellites—so when you’re off-grid you can remain connected. In fact, goTenna will even work if your smartphone is in “Airplane Mode.” You pair your smartphone to your goTenna device wirelessly, using Bluetooth-LE. Provided the device is within 20 feet of your phone the two can communicate with each other. A free app let’s you type out a text message or share a location. Your smartphone will send the message to your goTenna, which will then shoot it out, via low-frequency radio waves, to the intended goTenna(s). At the other end, the exact same thing happens, in reverse: the recipient goTenna sends your message over Bluetooth-LE to the smartphone app it’s paired with. All of this happens in a matter of milliseconds.

Your goTenna will be able to transmit to any goTenna user within range. What kind of range can you expect? The company is claiming 50 miles, but I’d like to see some more research on that part, especially if I was (and I won’t) fork over $150 (later $300) for this thing…

goTenna | No service, no problem..