Jott, a messaging app that works without a data plan or WiFi connection, has caught on among junior high and high school students, according to co-founder Jared Allgood.
Teens who don’t have a data plan that will allow them to text are using their iPods and iPads to message each other on a closed network within a 100-foot area within school limits.
Jott makes it possible for kids who don’t have a data plan to access the Internet during school hours. It gives them a way to non-stop text each other throughout the day.
However, Jott can send messages from one device to another without any cell service as long as those texting are within close enough proximity to each other.
It does this by using something called a mesh network that operates on Bluetooth low energy or using a router that can reach within 100 feet of each user. It’s the same way FireChat, a group messaging app, does this, but Jott can also message individuals within your network.
Jott provides a way for those without a smartphone or the data plan needed to text to still message with their friends. Jott is one of the fastest growing apps to hit the market. It has done what most social media platforms has been looking to do. As Facebook and YikYak try to grow a younger audience, a startup that taps into one of the key attribute of teen users is Jott. Stay tuned for more on this article.
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