FireChat: A New Messaging App That Works Without Internet


Portable messaging applications don’t work when web access or wireless systems are not accessible. Correct? All things considered, yes, however there is an exemption to the standard. Enter the world of FireChat, which makes it possible for users to chat on their smartphones without any data plan.

The application, which is as of now free, makes it conceivable to chat on the smartphone without an data plan or system through distributed cross section organizing innovation and ‘store and forward’ abilities. It transmits messages from phone to phone (which have the application introduced) until the messages are delivered to the beneficiary.

FireChat transmits messages by Bluetooth and WiFi radios introduced in a cell phone.

According to the sources, “The app links phones via their Bluetooth and WiFi signals, but can use internet connections when available. FireChat has become popular with users congregating in large crowds, such as at music festivals and protests, where mobile signals may be overloaded. Previously, conversations via the app were chatroom-based and public. The move to enable end-to-end encryption makes FireChat the first widely-used social mesh network which claims to offer private communications.”

Quoting Richard Tynan, a technologist at Privacy International, added, “Firechat’s announcement that it will seek to provide end-to-end encrypted messaging is a positive step for privacy. However, it remains to be seen whether the quality of these implementations actually lives up to the claims. For many at risk individuals, the security of their communications can be a matter of life and death. It is vital, therefore, that claims about security can be verified and tested independently.”