Introducing the goTenna – An Off-Grid Communication Device



Communication is important no matter where you are in the world. Thanks to our ever-evolving technology and the internet, communicating with other people is easier than ever. However, there are times where signals can get unreliable due to numerous factors. Bad weather is one of the most notorious reasons for lost communication. Fortunately for us, we now have an option to talk to the people important to us by using a handy tool – the goTenna.

If you’ve never heard of the goTenna before, this device is capable of pairing with your smartphone via Bluetooth-LE to provide an effective and reliable alternative when traditional communication stop working. Whether you are hiking outside your network’s coverage or you simply want to explore the most remote places on earth, this handy antenna will make sure that you won’t get lost with your group despite having no service.

Want to know more about the goTenna? Here is a video that came from the creators themselves to explain to you how this device works.




The goTenna



Provided that you’ve watched the video listed above, the goTenna is your all-in-one solution to having an alternate mode of communication via text messages wherever you may be with or without your network provider. According to the makers themselves, this antenna can connect with other goTenna users effectively without Wi-Fi, satellites or network providers. You can also send and receive private messages without any subscription fees or hidden charges.

We’ve managed to test the goTenna and its capabilities ourselves and for a small device, it goes a very long way as far as communication is concerned. For the price of $149.99, you will have a pair of antennas, so you can try it with a friend or a family member right away. Intended to be used with the goTenna app available on the App Store as well as the Play Store, it is the best alternative for communicating privately with other people who also own this handy tool.

If you are the type of person who is paranoid about the NSA storing personal information that may be used against you in the future, the goTenna is perfect for you. To fully understand what this device is capable of, check out the product’s specifications listed below:

The Specs

  • Antenna
  • 2-watt radio
  • Flash Memory (Capable of storing more than 1,000 messages)
  • Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery
  • Micro-USB connector
  • Bluetooth-LE data interface compatible with iOS and Android Devices
  • Status Indicator Lights
  • Nylon Attachment Strap
  • Water-Resistant Hardware
  • Dust-Free Technology




The Pros

The goTenna is perfect for people who like to take advantage of being off-the-grid. Apart from the fact that you can send and receive messages for free using the goTenna app, you can also share your location through a very detailed offline map. Just like any other messaging tools today, it is capable of individual and group messaging for your convenience.

One of the best features of the goTenna is the fact that you can send and receive encrypted messages to other goTenna users using the RSA-1024 encryption. It also comes with a feature that self-destructs your messages with ease. Because it is compatible with iOS and Android devices, finding a compatible phone to work with this device is never an issue.

The Cons

While the goTenna will let you communicate with other goTenna users, sadly there are still a few things that could use improvement. For one, the goTenna has a limited range depending on how elevated you are. Another notable issue is that most smartphones today lose battery quicklyy when Bluetooth is on. If you are one of the people who has a smartphone that offers little battery life, you might want to consider upgrading before getting into this.

Also, if you already have your own Satellite phone, which can literally blow the goTenna away when it comes to range and reliability wherever you are in the world, you’re better off having that device with you all the time instead. Lastly, the goTenna is only worth buying if you already know people who have invested in this technology. Fortunately for you, this device comes in pairs so you just need to find someone to share the experience with.

The Verdict

If you like to communicate off-the-grid or you just want a reliable tool that can help you communicate with your group while in the great outdoors, the goTenna is perfect for you. Given that it has a limited range, this device is perfect for hiking, camping and other outdoor activities where you think communication is important.

Also, if you are a fan of encrypted messaging, you will definitely enjoy the perks of having the goTenna for whatever information you don’t want the government to see. To sum it all up, if you want an alternate way of communicating with people off-the-grid, this device will definitely make things easier for you.


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