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goTenna, lets you send messages even when there’s no cell service

For those times when your cell service provider is not working or when you’re in an area where there’s no coverage, a device called the goTenna keeps you connected by letting you send messages to other goTenna users for free, even if you don’t have a signal or working internet connection.


goTenna is a Bluetooth-LE-equipped device that pairs with your smartphone (range of up to 20 feet) and, with the help of an app, lets you send messages or share your GPS coordinates to other goTenna-equipped smartphones for free. It uses low-frequency radio waves to transmit messages so it doesn’t rely on cell towers, WiFi, or working Internet connection. It works even if your smartphone is in Airplane mode.


The goTenna claims a range of up to 50.5 miles depending on your elevation and environment. It is also water-resistant and dust-tight so it’s good for outdoor use.

goTenna app features:
* Send & receive text messages for free
* Share locations on detailed offline maps
* Instantaneous transmission within range
* Automatic message retry & delivery confirmation
* Individual & group messaging
* “Shout” broadcasts to anyone within range
* Proximal friend map & location pinging
* Emergency chat
* End-to-end encryption (RSA-1024) & self-destructing messages
* Compatible with iOS & Android

goTenna hardware specs:
* Antenna
* 2-watt radio
* Flash memory good for 1000’s of messages
* Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery
* Micro-USB connector
* Bluetooth-LE data interface
* Status indicator lights
* Nylon attachment strap
* Water-resistant
* Dust-tight


The goTenna sells for $150 per pair and will ship in the U.S. and Canada in October.


This article was written by Louie Diangson, Managing Editor of YugaTech. You can follow him at @John_Louie.

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15 Responses

  1. Shanks says:

    Please conduct a product demo in our site. We like to know more about its features.

  2. das says:

    taena! gotenna!

  3. N. Kane says:

    I’m pre-ordering now. If this really works then its a better purchase than a repeater, which has been prohibited by the NTC and I can bring it with me anywhere.

  4. Easy E says:

    Kung walang may ibang gotenna wala ka namang mapapagsendan ng message although maganda ito dahil long range at free ang service. Isa pa, 1 gotenna to 1 smartphone ito so unless na maging super popular ito na maraming may ganito, hindi ito mapapakinabangan. Nice ito sa mga group na nasa remote places na walang cell service na magkakalayo, atleast they could try to exchange location data kung nagkakawalaan sila.

    • vm says:

      yup. otherwise its probably cheaper to buy walkie talkies

    • haynaku says:

      Palawakin ng konti ang isip

      Mas makaka tipid ka rito in the long run.
      Unlimited and no expiry pa.
      Kahit di kna bumili ng sim pwede na.

      Walang silbi daw?

  5. LangKwenta says:

    Ang tanong dyan eh kung na receive ba ng kabila message mo?

  6. Benchmark says:

    Yari na naman ito sa mga telco kapag sumikat ito. Plus this is good din kapag close line from international telco, you can now use this. Yun lang, walang phone capabilitites but still good for communication :-)

    • kalo says:

      It sucks at ground range, it is meant for higher elevations

    • BENCHMARK says:

      yun lang…it may sucks kapag ground level. Upon reading the specs (its site), it could reach 50 miles…eh ang buong EDSA, around 13 miles lang.

      Siguro nga sa bundok to bundok maganda ito, yung walang interference na signal…but here in the City…well I really don’t know.

      Hinde kaya ang gamit nitong signal eh yung old school mobile phone na naco-clone?

  7. Zobel says:

    Nokia once tried to sell a phone with a built-in walkie talkie IIRC. I guess the telecoms wrangled that one.

  8. shayne says:

    any reviews sa city range ng gotenna dito sa Manila? :)

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