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A new alternative to the traditional satellite off-grid communication and safety device is coming. When there are no cell towers, no Wi-Fi, and no satellites, the goTenna comes into its own. It pairs with your smartphone via BluetoothLE so that you can share your GPS location with other goTenna users or save favorite locations using the offline mapping system, and send and receive text messages up to 160 characters to individuals or groups. The emergency messaging feature ‘Broadcast chats’ will send messages to anyone with a goTenna within range.


The automatic message retry and message delivery confirmation features inform you of the status of your message, with optional self-destructing messages for added security. For inter-device communication you can expect an average range of 1 to 6 miles, with 3 miles on the ground and up to 50 miles in ideal conditions. Elevating the goTenna increases its range drastically, so try hiking up a few miles for better results!


A refreshing change is the absence of expensive subscription fees. The only catch is that your goTenna needs to be within 20 feet of your phone, so that the two can communicate with each other via Bluetooth. The rechargeable battery lasts for 72 hours of regular use. An Apple or Android app is available for devices running iOS 7 or above & Android 4.x or above.


The device has LED status indicator lights, a nylon attachment strap with which you can hang your goTenna from your backpack, and is both water-resistant and dust-tight.


Size: 5.8 in x 1 in x 0.5 in or 147.3 mm x 25.4 mm x 12.7 mm (when extended, adds 2.2 in or 55.8 mm). Weight: 2 ounces or 56.7 grams.


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