goTenna: Keep in Contact When You Have No Cellular Service


Last week, Gizmodo featured a cool set of devices that could come in really handy for REALTORS® or even as a gift to their clients. It’s called the goTenna, and if you pre-order right now, you get 2 for $150. The device allows you to communicate with someone else using a goTenna. This makes it great for keeping in contact with someone during an emergency or when their service is spotty. Growing up in Iowa, I can see the value of these devices simply because cell service is never a sure thing there, especially in the rural parts.

The company claims that you can use these up to 50 miles apart, but there are some factors that you need to consider. From the Gizmodo article:

In ideal conditions…the device can broadcast up to 50 miles, though (the goTenna representative) was quick to point out that in real-world testing in Central Park, the range was more like 3.5 miles, and in the densest parts of (New York City) it dropped to between half a mile and a mile.

Another selling point for this device is that the traffic is encrypted between the devices. You use their app to text when connected.

Again, this is pre-order technology, but the point is that as this technology evolves, this could become a valuable tool for REALTORS®. If you’re one to try the latest technology, let us know what you think.

(via Gizmodo)

Chad Curry

Managing Director for the Center for REALTOR® Technology. Working to improve the value proposition to our members through our web properties and mobile space.

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