FireChat; The AppThat Lets You Chat Without An Internet Or Data Connection on your iPhone and Android device.
Buried within the settings of Apple’s iOS 7 is a feature that could revolutionize how to communicate. Called the Multipeer Connectivity Framework (MCF), it lets you send messages and photos even when a person has no signal.
Now a group of developers has created a free iPhone app called FireChat that takes advantage of this feature – and it even works over long distances. The FireChat app was developed by the crowdsourced firm Open Garden. When a user opens the app, they can pick a screen name to start sending messages.
Within the app there are ‘Chatrooms’ with ‘Everyone’ and ‘Nearby’ options. The former will search for all users, while the latter option applies to people within Bluetooth and Wi-Fi range who are also using the app.
This is particular useful when on a plane, or underground . It can also be used to save money on data plans, for example. Apple added MCF to its iOS 7 software last year. It creates what is called a Wireless Mesh Network that connects phones to each other.
In ‘Nearby’ mode, instead of sending messages using a mobile or data signal, the feature lets users send messages to people in close proximity that are in Bluetooth or Wi-Fi Direct range – up to 30 feet (9 metres).
It does this by creating a localized network in which each phone becomes a node and the data is passed between nodes. Apple uses the framework for its AirDrop feature, for example, which makes it easy to send files and data to other connected iPhone users.
These messages are sent securely, so the individual nodes can’t read them. The app can’t be infiltrated by hackers because the app doesn’t use an internet connection. The ‘Everyone’ setting allows people to send information further, it does this by bringing all its nodes onto one network and relaying messages from one node to another until it reaches the final recipient.
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Posted on April 7, 2014, in Apps, Reviews, Support, Tech and tagged Apple, Bluetooth, Chatrooms, close proximity, crowdsourced, data plans, data signal, Everyone, FireChat, framework, iOS 7, iPhone app, localized network, Multipeer Connectivity Framework, Nearby, node, Open Garden, underground, Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct range, Wi-Fi range, Wireless Mesh Network. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.