According to The Next Web, the mobile hotspot Karma works in a very unusual way: you're rewarded with free data when you share your Wi-Fi connection with strangers.
Yes. You read that right.
Karma, which calls itself "a simple and honest mobile provider," isn't trying to sell you on speed or hardware -- the startup touts (what appears to be) a branded Voyager hotspot, running off of Clear's WiMax U.S. network via Simplexity -- instead, Karma's magic lies elsewhere, in a concept called "social bandwidth."
Upon connecting to your hotspot for the first time, two curious things happen: first, the device's network takes on your name (e.g.: "Harrison's Karma"), second, that network refuses to be password protected, because when a stranger, friend or even a lover connects to your Karma device, you'll both earn 100MB of free data.
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