With new improvements in mobile phone services happening on a regular basis, some of those technological advances have become literal lifesavers. The news is filled with stories of folks in precarious situations who were able to call or text for help in emergency situations. One such example was 18-year-old Sam Ray’s lifesaving “butt dial” via Siri that helped the teenager get assistance when pinned beneath a vehicle.
A major factor in being able to summon help means that folks in danger must have the ability to contact another person at the push of a button. But what if no cell phone reception, Wi-Fi or Internet connections exist? It’s one thing to be bummed out if you can’t upload photos and videos of your fun time at Burning Man to Instagram – it’s quite another thing altogether if you’re lost in the woods and can’t text for help due to no cell reception.
That’s why devices and services like Roampod are making headway, offering users the ability to continue texting one another – even via group chats – without needing a Wi-Fi connection or cell coverage. As soon as users procure their Roampod devices and pair them with their cell phones via the Bluetooth option, they’ll be able to communicate with other Roampod users in their range. That means that even if you’re hiking solo on the Pacific Crest Trail in an area with no cell service, and you need to reach out for help from someone, you can use the Roampod to reach out to other Roampod users over a wide range of area.
Long-range messaging devices are the wave of the future, and can offer peace of mind during all sorts of emergency situations. As reported by KRCR News, the Red Cross had to adjust their methods of communication after the raging California fires disrupted cell phone service. Lack of communication made the firefighting volunteers feel vulnerable in such a deadly and tenuous situation.
Imagine movies like 127 Hours, which detailed the real-life harrowing journey of Aron Ralston – a mountain climber who had to cut off his own arm to survive – ending a lot differently and a lot sooner if the proper lifesaving devices were garnered before he headed off into the wilderness. New advances in communication allow adventure seekers to still “get away from it all,” but to do so with equipment that can allow them to get in touch with help if needed.
And while the potential life-protecting aspects of these new mobile communication devices are a critical part of the reason to invest in such a service – they aren’t the only reason. Sometimes smartphone users simply can’t contact one another due to an overloaded system. It might be the horrid aftermath of a terrorist attack that knocks out cell reception for hours – or it could simply be the crowded atmosphere of a concert or other event whereby 50,000 people are trying to hit up the same cell phone tower.
Taking preventive measures to ensure you have a connection as much as possible could be well worth it in the end.