Reviewed in Things to Do, Places to Go…
Conceptually cool and functionally rudimentary, it's an off-grid chatroom app with two sections: A topic-less public chatroom for "Everyone", which is as messy and annoying as you might imagine; and a somewhat more private chatroom to connect with other "Nearby" users, using Wi-Fi Direct & Bluetooth to connect with people's devices within a few meters of you. I haven't had the opportunity yet to try the "Nearby" mode in a public place. I just hope the app catches on enough for people to be able to ignore the "Everyone" mode.
FireChat introduces a new way to chat: "off-the-grid".
Now you can chat with people around you – even if there is no Internet connection or mobile phone coverage. Whether you’re on the beach or in the subway, at a big game or a trade show, camping in the wild or at a concert, or even on a plane, simply fire up the app with a friend or two, and find out who else is there.
With FireChat, you can create live chatrooms and invite anyone to chat about anything that interests you - whether it's the NY Yankees, Game of Thrones, League of Legends or Italian food. The chatrooms work both online and offline and can gather more than 10,000 people. It's super simple, just type a hashtag in any message and you will have automatically created a new live chatroom.
FireChat is great for communities of all sizes: with this free simple app and your smartphones, you can create your own communications network and take it with you, no matter where you go.
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• Instantly chat with anyone around you,
• Works even without any Internet connection or mobile phone coverage ,
• Builds a network for off-the-grid communications, between devices located 200 feet of one another,
• Multihop capabilities extend the range of peer-to-peer communications,
• Create your own live chatrooms for live public discussions with as any as tens of thousands of people,
• Simply type a hashtag in any message to create a new live chatroom,
• Invite people to any existing chatroom about topics that interest you,
• Choose your own unique username, displayed name and profile picture.