No signal? No problem with goTenna
A new device has recently been released onto the market for pre-order. It’s called the goTenna.
It’s a small gadget that allows user to communicate with each other when there is no mobile phone signal and its currently awaiting FCC approval.
The device connects to a Smartphone via Bluetooth Low Energy (BTLE) so has to be within 20 feet of you mobile phone. You get a pair of the goTenna devices and this allows you to send a message to between the devices which can be up to 50miles away from each other, allowing your phones connected to them with BTLE to communicate with each other for free.
They are compatible with devices running Android 4.X or above and Apple iOS 7 or above. Obviously its success depends on getting regulatory approval but as the messages are encrypted with RSA-1040 and can be set to self destruct on receipt these could be a way to communicate without being spied on by big brother and are marketed as the perfect way to keep in touch when in rural areas or at places where mobile signals are unreliable such as festivals.
The device is available to for pre-order from today for $149.99 a pair which is said to be half of the retail price that will be charged after a full launch.