Wi-Fi mobile data provider Karma moving to Sprint's LTE network

The company, still on WiMax, sells portable Wi-Fi hotspots and offers data by the gigabyte

Karma's portable Wi-Fi hotspot

Karma's portable Wi-Fi hotspot

Karma, the startup that offers pay-as-you-go mobile data through a portable Wi-Fi hotspot, will catch up with the 4G world next year by moving to LTE.

Karma sells a hockey-puck-like hotspot that gets cellular data over the former Clearwire WiMax network and delivers it to users via Wi-Fi. Karma customers pay for data by the gigabyte, with no contract, and can earn more bytes by letting other people nearby share the hotspot.

In the first half of next year, the company will start selling a new hotspot that uses Sprint's LTE network for its cellular link. Sprint acquired Clearwire earlier this year and is well along in a transition from WiMax to its LTE network, which covers more people and offers higher average speeds than the WiMax system.

The Karma LTE hotspot will work on all of Sprint's LTE frequencies, including former Clearwire spectrum that Sprint says will offer peak speeds of 60Mbps or more. The device will also be equipped with IEEE 802.11ac, the latest and fastest version of Wi-Fi, an upgrade from the 802.11n technology used in the current hotspot. Sprint says its LTE network will cover about 250 million U.S. residents by the middle of next year.

Karma's hotspot sells for US$99 with 1GB of data usage included, $149 with 7GB, and $279 with 20GB. Customers can buy more data for $14 per gigabyte, with lower prices for bulk purchases. Any user nearby the hotspot can use it after viewing a captive portal screen and signing in with a Facebook or email account. They get 100MB of free data and can buy more for $14 per gigabyte. Whenever someone signs on through that hotspot, its owner gets 100MB free.

Stephen Lawson covers mobile, storage and networking technologies for The IDG News Service. Follow Stephen on Twitter at @sdlawsonmedia. Stephen's e-mail address is stephen_lawson@idg.com

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags mobilewirelessNetworkingtelecommunication4gsprintconsumer electronicsWLANs / Wi-FiKarma

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Stephen Lawson

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Father’s Day Gift Guide

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?