Messaging apps are a great way to stay in touch with your near and dear ones; however, the thought of running out of internet data and the fear of exceeding your data usage plan often forbid you from enjoying the luxury of staying connected with your friends and family 24×7.
However, the good news is that now you can relax and get rid of these concerns as Open Garden’s ground-breaking app ‘Firechat’ is here to enable you to chat ‘sans the internet’.
FireChat makes use of mesh networking technology that enables users to correspond wirelessly without the help of the internet. Bluetooth antennas and Wi-Fi carry your messages wirelessly for transmitting your message from your FireChat-equipped smartphone to another.
Firechat was originally designed for people residing in areas with poor mobile or telephone network and to help travellers receive and send messages without the internet while travelling. In case there are no connections in close proximity, Firechat stores your messages till they are sent to the intended recipient. Moreover, with Firechat, your messages are safe and secure as the app encrypts your messages, thus allowing only the authorized recipient to read the text.
FireChat has already gained immense popularity in 124 nations and over 5 million smartphone users have downloaded this app worldwide. Today, it is one of the top 10 messaging apps in 124 countries helping several communities to conquer communication challenges, as and when the cellular networks become damaged or erratic owing to natural disasters, protests, political riots or big festivals.
This is how you can use Firechat app via mesh network:
- Go to Google Play Store or Apple Play Store to download Firechat.
- Choose a username and password to sign up.
- Once you open the app, you will come across two alternatives— (i) Chatrooms with Everyone and (ii) Chatrooms with Nearby.
If you opt for the first option then the app will search all the users available on Firechat network. The second option will search the users who are in close proximity of almost thirty feet range.
- Choose the person you want to interact with and have a great time chatting with your dear ones. From photo sharing to creating chat groups, this app allows you to chat without any care. What’s more, Firechat also enables you to chat anonymously.
FireChat app has won several prestigious awards such as Innovation Award- SXSW 2015, Boldness in Business Award by Financial Times 2015, and the Tech4Resilience Award 2015, for its novelty and uniqueness.
-By Monalisa Biswas