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Old 02-29-2016, 12:12 PM   #1
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Has anybody here seen this:
https://www.beartooth.com/
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Old 02-29-2016, 02:06 PM   #2
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Has anybody here seen this:
https://www.beartooth.com/
Interesting stuff. I had hoped it might replace my findmespot.com device but no. Sounds like they have had some start up problems
https://gearjunkie.com/beartooth-radio-phone-device

That review was back in Sept. 2014. Initial shipments are to be in late 2016.

Does not work on KitKat (Android 4.4). I am stuck there on one of my Moto G phones (rooted).

More gadgets for the woods. I was unable to determine if Beartooth only works when cell reception is unavailable. Their faq words it that way, but I would think it would communicate with any other Beartooth device within range.

OTOH some go to the woods to get out of cell phone range...
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More gadgets for the woods. I was unable to determine if Beartooth only works when cell reception is unavailable. Their faq words it that way, but I would think it would communicate with any other Beartooth device within range.
I couldn't get past the home page, but your take suggests that any FRS walkie talkie would do as well.
I have several FRS radios and find that I need to call the other person their cell to remind them to turn the thing on.
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I have several FRS radios and find that I need to call the other person their cell to remind them to turn the thing on.
I used to work with people who used their hearing aids only when they wanted to do so.
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Given the five minutes they apparently spent on their web site, I don't hold out a lot of hope for this scheme. Technically it makes some sense - they are basically offering a set of WiFi access points or (more likely, given the name) Bluetooth accessories, one for each iOS or Android device, all connected to each other by a private radio network (probably running in the same band and under the same standards as an FRS/GMRS radio).

I agree that if you're just going to talk, a regular FRS/GMRS radio would work. To get the location-sharing/mapping feature, you would need something like a Rhino, which combines an FRS/GMRS radio with a GPS receiver and a map display. The Beartooth approach provides the advantages of text messaging, a big screen, and using a familiar device.

The GearJunkie article shows a package attached to the phone, but the current Beartooth website shows a separate device, functionally like the goTenna shown in the other GearJunkie article.
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