One of the ways I’ve saved money since leaving my full-time staff job to go freelance is by getting rid of my cell phone bill. For the last 5 years, I’ve only used a pre-paid card for any calls and texts. And consistently this costs me just a bit over $100 a year. Yes, a whole year. I can never share this enough. Many of you just have a contract or expensive plan because it’s what you’ve always had, but more and more new pay-as-you-go plans are available now. And if you don’t make many calls and don’t text much, you could really save a lot of money.
But, one thing my simple pre-paid plan leaves me without is data. So, the only way I can get online on my mobile is to use WiFi, which is most cases is easy to come by—in my home, in hotel rooms, in many cafes and even aboard this Amtrak train from which I’m writing this post.
Last year, I was able to try my own hotspot, but it was generally pretty slow and after a year, it expired.
The Karma Hotspot, is a tiny and cute portable wifi hotspot that connects wirelessly to my phone to give me data. And just like my cell phone “plan”, I love that Karma is “pay as you go.” So you can add money for more GB of data when you run out. But what makes this little device really special is it’s an open network and anyone can join by simply signing up. And when a random person sees my hotspot and signs on, they get 100 free MB and so do I! So anytime someone logs on, I get more minutes to use. They get free Internet and I get more free internet. Good Karma all around!
Many times when I’m using it, I’ll get an email that basically says “Maria has just signed on to your Karma! You now have a bonus 100MB.”
It’s great. Sometimes I just turn it on so people can use it…and I can get more free time!
Here’s how it breaks down:
- Data costs $14/GB
- Data never expires
- No Contract
- No Monthly Plan
- runs on 4G LTE and fallback to CDMA (3G) on Sprint
- 802.11b/g/n 2.4Ghz wireless networking
- Supports up to 8 simultaneous connections
- Maximum speed 54Mbps
- Rechargeable battery with 220 hours standby time and 5 hours internet usage
Their brand new device, the “Karma GO” is on pre-order right now and is faster with a larger coverage area. If you click through here you get $10 off!
Disclosure: I was given a Karma device to review. As always all writing and opinions are my own.