My Karma Wi-Fi hotspot makes wireless access easy. It’s lightweight, small enough to fit in the palm of my hand, and easily chargeable via a USB port. I get a 4G signal I can access with any digital device. It’s convenient technology, but there’s more to it than that. There’s a sharing philosophy behind these little gadgets that might catch on one day.
Reinventing the way people access the internet
Karma Co-founders Steven van Wel and Stefen Borsje, want to change the way Americans think of the internet. They believe it’s “..an amazing platform that has brought incredible innovation.” But they have very few positive things to say about traditional internet access companies’ pricing, support, and small print. They believe these things need “fixing,” so they offer a simple, no contract, pay-as-you-go service.
How much does Karma cost?
- A Karma hotspot with 100 Megabytes of data costs $99. at yourkarma.com.
- I found mine on Newegg.com for $79.
- Data costs $14 per gigabyte –the average person uses 500 megabytes per month.
- Data rolls over and never expires.
- You earn 100 megabytes of data when a new user accesses your connection..
Social Bandwith for those who care to share
Karma Wi-F could be for everyone, but it’s mostly for people like me who are comfortable with a culture of sharing. I’m okay with the risks of sharing a Wi-Fi connection. But I understand why it might make some folks a little anxious.
When a Karma signal is up and running, it’s open to anyone. Anyone. It’s not an option if you’re paranoid about hackers or so protective of your wireless signal that you’ve named it something scary like, “Imwatchingyou” or “Getoffmyinternetstupid.”
“What goes around comes around”
My dad’s favorite saying was about getting back what you give. That’s the big idea behind Karma wireless, although I’m not really giving away anything. It’s kind of the opposite of that. No matter how many people connect through “Carol’s Karma,” my data is my data; and when a new person signs on to my signal, I earn more data. It’s like getting a little gift just for being nice.
I like the way it works
Karma’s youthful website images give me the impression that youngish people are the target market. But It’s also a great option for not-so-young-people like me. I’m currently using my Karma hotspot to supplement my home Wi-Fi, and I only pay for the service I use. I keep it charged and carry it in my purse, so it’s great when I’m away from home and want a familiar signal.
My hotspot was there when the power went out after a storm and the internet connection died. No one else in the neighborhood used my signal that night, but it was there if they needed it.
Karma is available in major cities with more to come. If you have a question or comment about Karma Wi-Fi, Steven and Stefen, and their entire team have their email addresses posted on the website.