So, I know the goal of¬†camping is to¬†connect with nature and go off the grid, but sometimes you just need cell service, whether it’s to access¬†Google Maps, use a cool app like¬†SkyView¬†or binge watch¬†when the kids are finally asleep. It can also be a smart way to keep yourself and your family safe. That’s why we’re intrigued by¬†goTenna.

goTenna is¬†a hand-held techcessory¬†that ensures you have the capability to connect with others when you need to, without worrying about service, or lack thereof. By connecting¬†to your cell phone (iPhone or Android) via Bluetooth,¬†and then using the goTenna app, it allows you to¬†text message or share your location with other goTenna users via long-range radio waves. Now the caveat is that the person you’re communicating with needs a goTenna, too, but luckily, it comes in a pack of two for you and a fellow hiker or camper.

goTenna connects to your phone via Bluetooth, providing you with WIFI services using radio waves

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The range the goTenna offers is approximately 4-5 miles in open air environments, or .5-1 miles in congested environments, which means it’s not just for campers. It could be a¬†savior in crowded concerts or places with tons of people that are clogging up the network, like busy conferences, for one.

Yes, it’s a pricey gadget, but if you camp a lot or you’re a frequent traveler to busy places with lots of people and bad service, it could be worth it for you. The¬†great thing is that you don’t need to pay for any additional service or subscription fees once you’ve purchased. It’s the radio waves that do the talking for you – even when you’re in the middle of nowhere.

goTenna can be purchased from the company website for $199 and includes two goTenna devices. 

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