goTenna - personal antenna for hikers
posted by Paul.K / Jul 18, 2014, 8:58 AM
Enter goTenna – a device designed for people who oft find themselves in such situations. It is a powerful personal antenna that can communicate with other such devices at a distance of up to 50.5 miles, according to its makers. It is sold in pairs, so you can leave one with the person you'd need to contact and keep the other one with you. To connect to your smartphone, the goTenna needs to be within a 20-foot radius. It utilizes Bluetooth via the Low-Energy protocol, which should help boost battery life. Communication is done via goTenna's free app and allows for text messaging and GPS location sharing. It can connect you with any goTenna owner within its ~50 mile range, so you can even create a mini secure network with your friends. It supports iOS 7 or above, and Android 4.x or above.
The device is up for pre-order now on goTenna's website, for the early bird special price of $149.99 per pair, with the retail price to be $299.99 when it's released.
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IMO, I'd get a pair of good walkie talkie's for that price
posted on Jul 18, 2014, 9:08 AM 4
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A pair, or maybe ten pairs? $300 is the regular price they want for these things.
posted on Jul 18, 2014, 2:53 PM 1
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That makes much more sense. Now if it connected back to cell towers and boosted your signal, I'd throw my wallet at the monitor right now.
posted on Jul 18, 2014, 9:36 AM 5
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So I can use one in my house connected to the wifi and the other I'll have with me so anywhere I go in my city I have high speed internet?! NICE
posted on Jul 18, 2014, 2:40 PM 0
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Neat, but price will impede adoption.
posted on Jul 18, 2014, 8:49 PM 1
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Cut out the American company with the insanely greedy markup and these things would sell direct from China for $20.
posted on Jul 18, 2014, 10:27 PM 0
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I am sure there is $20 worth of materials here, but what about r & d? If it were as easy as you think, this product would have been available sooner. I am sure they intend to make a profit, but blindly labeling it as greed is unfair. There are reasons "direct from china" would be so cheap.
posted on Jul 19, 2014, 9:34 AM 0
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Nextel had this same feature on its later handsets. Direct Talk may not have had the range that goTenna has but, the ability to talk off network, was pretty neat. Came in handy for those trips to the mountains. I feel the 150 dollars is fairly pricy considering you are limited to text messeging. John B.
posted on Jul 20, 2014, 11:12 AM 0
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