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Walkie-talkies are for kids.

goTenna turns your smartphone into an off-grid communication device.

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Also available at REI nationwide.
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goTenna has so much more to offer than a walkie-talkie.

Pair goTenna to your smartphone via Bluetooth and use the goTenna app to send texts and locations to other goTenna users up to several miles away.

In less than a minute, you can create a smart, people-powered network, anywhere. No towers, routers or satellites required. Great for any off-grid group activity.

By avoiding voice and focusing on text and GPS, we’re able to make goTenna lighter, smaller, and simply more reliable.

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Size 4 in3 16 in3
Weight 1.8 oz 8 oz
Transmission power 2 watt 0.5 - 1 watt
Frequencies VHF UHF
Battery life 24+ hours 10+ hours
GPS tracking & location-sharing on offline maps yes no
Voice no yes
Automatic channel configuration yes no
Message delivery configuration yes no
Private 1 : 1 chats yes no
Private group chats yes no
Public broadcasts yes yes
End-to-end encryption yes no
Feature upgrades & improvements via an app yes no

goTenna generates its own radio signal to send messages to others in the area

goTenna generates its own radio signal to send messages to others in the area

goTenna’s range is similar to 2W VHF, professional-grade 2-way radios and depends on your environment.

In an open environment you can expect up to 5 miles of range. In a congested environment you can expect up to 1 mile of range.

Unlike a walkie-talkie, you wont have to worry about switching channels and goTenna lets you know whether or not your message was received.

Lighter, smaller, and smarter than a walkie-talkie

goTenna is designed to be attached externally to any gear and used with any iOS or Android device. Like other smart devices, your goTenna will continuously improve with new features and firmware upgrades.

goTenna combines the reliability of radio communication with your smartphone’s intelligence and ease of use.

  • hasText messages
  • hasFree online maps
  • hasEncryption
  • hasPrivate 1:1 & group chats
  • hasNo channel interference
pair of goTennas

goTenna is the high-tech buddy system

goTenna comes in pairs — one for you, one for a friend. You can connect your goTenna to any other goTennas in-range. Make your network as big or small as you want!