BRIEF CASE FILE: FIRECHAT OR THE REBEL MESSENGER

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  • A product from a young team at Open Garden that entered the market in 2014 under the slogan “You are the Internet”.

  • On 30 December 2014 FireChat was registered by the Russian App Store as one of the most popular search queries. This fact is directly connected with the national rally held in Moscow in support of Russia’s main opposition leader Alexei Navalny. In a related move, FireChat’s technical domain was placed on the register of sites banned on Russian territory. Interestingly enough, the messenger was also used in Iraq’s hot spots and during massive protests held in Hong Kong.

  • One of FireChat’s founders said that the messenger will not affect the workload of local networks, therefore all sorts of bans are purely political in nature.

  • The messenger is fitted with an understandable user-friendly interface.

  • The creators did not invent anything new, they just used the existing possibilities of iOS 7, namely the Multipeer Connectivity Framework.

  • FireChat transfers messages without connecting to the Internet, but by using the Mesh function available via Wi-Fi and/or Bluetooth. This method allows you to directly connect to smartphones over a distance of up to 230 feet (70 meters). The instant messenger is also equipped with the global chat option, however, it requires Internet connection.

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This texting service is really something revolutionary, even though the idea has been around for quite a while now. Due to the fact that bans will in no way prevent the proposed communication scenario from happening, FireChat is becoming an extremely radical and sector-specific messenger, which can facilitate its rapid growth.

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