GoTenna raises $7.5M and launches with REI to keep cell phones connected without cell towers


GoTenna, the device for people who want to stay connected when they don’t have cell signal, has found a natural launch partner — outdoor equipment retailer REI.

Daniela Perdomo, goTenna’s CEO and co-founder, told me that REI has signed on to be the startup’s exclusive retail launch partner. For the next three months, the only place you’ll be able to buy goTenna, aside from the goTenna website, will in REI stores nationwide (where they’re getting prominent placement, as you can see in the New York store photo above) and the REI website.

GoTenna has created a lightweight device (1.8 ounces) that uses Bluetooth technology to connect with other goTenna devices. That means you can send text messages and share your location (via pre-downloaded maps) even when you don’t have…

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