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Beartooth Off-Grid Communication

By: on February 28, 2016
$249 - $399
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Middle of nowhere with no service? Or, how about this: center of the Earth--New Year's Eve in Times Square, Coachella, the Super Bowl--with service completely jammed by all the other yay-hoos trying to text and post to Instagram? Beartooth can't beam you back to civilization, or all of them to the top of Mt. Rainier, but it can give you a direct and uninterrupted link through your smartphone to other Beartooth users when you have no service.

Talk, text, use maps, and share locations with your Beartooth group from anywhere within range (typically about 2 miles) anytime your carrier is so busy using mazes, balls, and Steve Harvey to beat down other carriers that they can't maintain your service.

Beartooth pairs with your existing smartphone to create a secondary network of Beartooth users. Use it skiing, hiking, and while traveling to far off lands, or where standard networks are too congested to provide a reliable signal. The Beartooth system is compatible with iPhone 5/s/c, 6/s/Plus, and Android phones running Android 5.0 or above.

Beartooth functions completely independently of cell service and Wi-Fi, so it never needs to (and can't) connect to the Internet. The device has about a 4-day battery life to suit camping and festival trips, though actual performance will obviously depend on how much you use it.

At printing, Beartooth was available for preorder in batches of two, and at a $150 discount off eventual retail price. Anticipate ship date is late 2016.

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