goTenna - personal antenna for hikers

goTenna - personal antenna for hikers
For people who like to hike, camp, or otherwise tend to fare off into less populated areas on a regular basis, cell reception has always been a problem. Sure, a smartphone is always a great thing to have when on a trip, especially if you load it up with a couple of movies or a favorite game, however, if you are in the middle of nowhere and your handset fails to get a signal, it can be quite frustrating.

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.

source: goTenna via SlashGear

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14 Comments

1. nothingmuch

Posts: 201; Member since: May 03, 2013

IMO, I'd get a pair of good walkie talkie's for that price

6. timepilot84

Posts: 113; Member since: Aug 16, 2012

A pair, or maybe ten pairs? $300 is the regular price they want for these things.

7. KillgoreTroutTime

Posts: 433; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

what cheap walkie talkies go 50 miles???

2. pastorjpxa

Posts: 3; Member since: Jul 16, 2014

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.

3. KingDingaLing

Posts: 324; Member since: Oct 11, 2013

EL O EL

4. Darkerm

Posts: 322; Member since: Jan 31, 2012

only if it was 99$ :(

5. marbovo

Posts: 658; Member since: May 16, 2013

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

10. VoicelessV

Posts: 18; Member since: Jul 08, 2014

Pretty sure it will only allow for phone-to-phone communication.

13. marbovo

Posts: 658; Member since: May 16, 2013

thats a shame...

8. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Neat, but price will impede adoption.

9. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Cut out the American company with the insanely greedy markup and these things would sell direct from China for $20.

11. biggles

Posts: 269; Member since: Oct 15, 2009

...and zero quality control with a 1 in 50 chance it works properly or continues to work at all after a few weeks.

12. AstronautJones

Posts: 305; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

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.

14. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

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.

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