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FireChat Off the Grid Chat App

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Most of us have used our iPhone to chat with friends and loved ones. But what if you are off the grid and have no access to an internet connection or phone coverage? FireChat can help. It uses Apple’s MFC technology to allow you to instantly send a message to anyone around you who happens to be holding an iPhone or iPad.


FireChat lets you chat with others and send them photos. You can create conversations, so people near you can join. Keep in mind that you “don’t” need an internet connection to get this app to work. Also, you don’t need to provide your Facebook information to get started. FireChat relies on the MFC, so you are going to need iOS 7 to use it.

To get the most out of your Nearby Chat experience, you need to be within 30 feet of people to whom you want to talk. When we first tested this app, it used to crash on us. But some of those issues have been addressed. While it remains a work in progress, FireChat has the potential to be a lifesaver. A truly innovative idea.

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