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GoTenna creates a wireless network when you're out of rangeLike a modern day walkie-talkie, this system helps you communicate when there's no cell service.
[MUSIC] When you're out in the wilderness with no cell signal in sight goTenna creates a wireless network out of thin air. The system uses two weather resistant antennas that connect to each other to send text messages and your current location. Here's how it works. You take one unit and your friend takes the other. Slide out the antenna on the top of the device then pair it to your phone via bluetooth. Each goTenna has a strap that hooks onto your backpack or bag so it's hands free while you're hiking or camping. If you get lost or find something you wanna share send a message to your friend with the goTenna app. The device will send that message to it's companion goTenna. Your goTenna also communicates with other goTenna's nearby. And in the app you can chat with fellow users and send out emergency alerts if you need help. The one big limitation to goTenna is that you can't make calls or go online with it. You can only send message within the goTenna app GoTenna sells its pair of two units for $199. The free GoTenna apps are available for both IoS and Android. When you're deep in the forest or just in your back yard, GoTenna can keep you connected anywhere cell phones serve service is spotty at best. It's useful for outdoor festivals, travelling abroad, disasters, and any other time you can't rely on your regular network. [MUSIC]