dealskarma wifi hotspot - this box = wifi. whenever…

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Oh jeez another one of these types of internet providers. This one seems better than most (get 100mb free data when a stranger joins your wifi spot) but that device is WAY too expensive for how crap and cheap it is. Same as every other copycat company. (FreedomPop, Clear, more im sure)

What interests me is how they all use the same horrid little device that's difficult to use. I've used the FreedomPop and Clear variations and there is little to no difference. Where are this things coming from? Who is the mastermind to these crappy internet prodivers? Perhaps we mortals are not ready.

(Also this is a really terrible "deal" and all must avoid it like the plague)

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I've seen them for half this price with more free data. Check around before you buy

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I own the product. Works great here in Houston, TX !!! Data units never expire like other brands which is fantastic since I use the Karma only when I'm not at a hotspot. It's NOT a use it or loose it situation for your purchased data. My initial data purchase should last me 1 1/2 years. As to the shared 100mb reward, people are skeptical about signing onto my hotspot. Overall, it's great for those times you need to access the net!

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I have the CLEAR version of this device, and have been using it steady for 3+ years now, with little difficulty. I think i've had to factory reset the device 1x, but otherwise, it pretty much works flawlessly. Not sure about the earlier comment that these devices are crap, because that certainly hasn't been my experience.

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If this device worked in both 3G and 4G coverage areas I'd be all over it. 4G only is a big-time let-down as pretty much every area near me that has 4G coverage also has tons of open wifi hotspots.

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@drcanak: Didn't this company just start at the end of the year in 2012?

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One important thing the deal info leaves out is that it's $88.90 shipped including 2GB of data. Not sure why the deal here says you get 1GB free to get going. Not a horrible deal if it works well since the data doesn't expire.

When I'm road tripping and not doing the driving I tend to burn through a nice chunk of my monthly data in the car. Something like this would let me be on Wifi instead IF it had coverage in anything other than major cities. Unfortunately, with coverage limited to major metros it's rather pointless since you can find free wifi pretty much anywhere in those cities.

$180 for 20GB of data seems a bit steep and not enough of a discount. Worth noting that the 30% off also applies to the data cost.

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Unfortunately this works on Sprint's 4G network, which is about the worst one in the biz when it comes to coverage. They've been promising it in my area for years, but my city never appears on the lists for the rollouts. Which is why I switched to Verizon.

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@dewjake:

I can't speak to when this company started. I'm referring to the mobile hotspot device itself, which seems pretty standard to all these types of services. The device works fine for me and always has. What company you pay, and what company they pay (Sprint in this case?) to ride on their wireless signal is a different matter.

take care,
jeff

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I use my cel phone data plan to connect my laptop and tablet by tethering, works great and fast.
Not sure why people would pay extra for this gadget, 100mb is not a lot and 2gb for what you pay is very expensive, at list for me.

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No coverage in cities anywhere near me per their website (Wisconsin). Even Madison and Milwaukee show nothing despite having Sprint Coverage. So don't take it out of your metro Area and expect coverage... Seems spotty at best; at least in the midwest.

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@titililly: Hey there! Dave from Karma here. Our service is pay-as-you-go. Data never expires and there are no contracts, meaning that 2GB will last you until you use it. Depending on your habits, that could be a while. Since tethering is more contract oriented, if you don't use that amount of data that month, you lose it, even though you still paid for it. We like to offer more freedom.

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@mumbler: To be fair, their equation says that you get wifi whenever and wherever when you SUBTRACT the box.

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