GoTenna Launches a Bitcoin Wallet That Works Without the Internet
During Consensus 2018, on May 14th, goTenna, a startup that designs and develops technology for decentralized communications, had announced a new application called the ‘txTenna’, which would allow users to connect their smartphones with a goTenna device and use a cryptocurrency trading wallet to send payments.
In fact, goTenna is partnering with Samourai Wallet to launch an Android app this summer that allows users to send bitcoin payments without an internet connection.
According to the developers of the application, as long as the phone is charged, the user can communicate. The application has been beneficial during the Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, by helping people reconnect.
The concept is decades-old which enables people to use the internet without a Wifi network or an active LAN network. But the other goTenna device has to be within a mile of this device for sending the message across the mesh network. The cryptocurrency user should be within a mile of another active device, transactions bounce across the mesh until it reaches a user with an active internet connection.
txTenna is going to be an alternative which would be censorship-resistant and will be an open source project. The application could work with any software wallet, txTenna can send transactions without the use of the internet in almost any wallet provider.