Karma Go review: a mobile hotspot minus the monthly fee

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Karma was always intriguing, at least in theory. You get a relatively cheap MiFi and data, but it’s open to anybody. If somebody near you uses it, you’ll get free data added to your plan. But the best part of the Karma system isn’t the scheme to try to get free data, it’s the way you pay for it: flat-rate data without any monthly plan. You pay for what you use and nothing more. If you leave it in a drawer for six months, it doesn’t cost you a penny.

A clever system, but there was a big hangup — back in 2013 when it launched, it relied on Sprint’s doomed WiMAX network. But in September 2014, Karma announced a new model was coming with LTE for $149, due out in December. Delays, as they often do with small hardware companies, kept the…

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