FireChat-Now, You can Chat with No Data Connection !
TerseInfo: FireChat is a proprietary mobile app, developed by Open Garden, which uses wireless mesh networking to enable smartphones to connect via Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, or Apple’s Multipeer Connectivity Framework without an internet connection by connecting peer-to-peer. Though it was not designed with the purpose in mind, it has been used as a communication tool in some civil protests.
This is a free messaging app for public and private communications that works even without Internet access or cellular data. It first became popular in 2014 in Iraq following government restrictions on internet use, and thereafter during the Hong Kong protests. In 2015, which was also promoted by protesters during the 2015 Ecuadorian protests.On September 11, 2015, during the pro-independence demonstration called Free Way to the Catalan Republic, it was used 131,000 times.
FireChat has reached the top 10 among social networking apps in 124 countries. Communities around the world use it to overcome communication challenges.It’s almost like Twitter in that it can offer the free speech that can’t be controlled by the government. But where Twitter has been shut down by governments in the past, it can’t be.
How Firechat works without the internet:
FireChat uses the Bluetooth and Wi-Fi on your mobile to let it communicate with other devices directly. A bit like Wi-Fi direct for sending a file it will share information with another phone without needing to go via a router or network. It has a range of roughly 70 meters but uses other mobiles like stepping stones allowing it to grow to the edge of any crowd.Chat rooms can be created to hold groups allowing chat and sharing among many users at once. Ideal for organizing protests then.
It is easy to bracket FireChat with other messaging or microblogging platforms, but this new kid on the block is different. While the entire bouquet of messaging apps and services like Twitter are dependent on the Internet for their existence, FireChat can create conversations offline, often with great impact.With its latest OM (off-the-grid-messaging) launch, however, the company claims to be able to deliver a private encrypted message without access to the network.