Stuck in the woods and don’t know where you’re at? No problem if you have a goTenna device with you. Claiming it can provide service anywhere, anytime, the goTenna acts more as a two-way radio than a cell tower since it needs to connect with another goTenna device to get your message out. The device pairs with your iOS or Android phone over Bluetooth-LE and sends radio text messages straight from one device to another. You don’t need to have service to communicate since goTenna pairs wirelessly with your smartphone, allowing you to text and share your location with anyone who has the device.
Now you can go hiking and not worry about not having reception since goTenna’s offline location sharing will help you find your way when you need it most. And when you go to concerts and wander off from friends, goTenna will connect you with your crew even when you’re surrounded by thousands of people. It’ll even work if you put your phone in “Airplane Mode.” It allows you to connect wirelessly via Bluetooth-LE, with the device working when its within 20 feet of your phone. You then use its free app to type out a text message or share a location and then your phone will send it to your goTenna, which will then shoot it out via long-range radio waves to the other goTenna that’s within 50.5 miles.
The app also provides “shout” broadcasts to anyone within range and has an emergency chat features. Any communication between two device is encrypted, so it’s private. The device itself comes with a flash memory that’s good for thousands of messages, rechargeable lithium-ion battery, Micro-USB connector and a nylon attachment strap. It’s also water-resistant and dust-tight, which is great for those outdoor excursions. It can last for about 72 hours when used every now and again or 30 hours with constant use. You can pre-order goTenna for $149.99 and you get two devices.
Kristie Bertucci is an L.A.-based writer, who can't live without her MacBook Pro. When she's not writing, she's either reading or shopping (online, of course) and loves lazy days so she can catch up on her DVR-recorded shows and movies. She's definitely a Mac girl, she loves music and is currently on a mission to to have an insane and enviable iTunes library.