Have you ever heard of social bandwidth? I hadn’t either, but the people behind the Karma mobile hotspot have us convinced that it could become something big. Karma allows you to have a wireless network in your pocket, paying for data as you go. They charge you $14 per gigabyte, but there’s a way to earn more data.
When someone connects to your network or you connect to someone else’s, you both earn 100 megabytes of data. The more you share your network, the more data you get to use while you’re out and about. Up to eight people can be connected to your device at any time, and they’ll all enjoy fast speeds thanks to Clearwire’s excellent 4G service.
Karma currently covers more than 80 major cities in the country, or about a third of the population. You can check a coverage map and buy your own Karma at yourkarma.com. The device itself costs $99, making it an affordable gift for anyone who likes to spend a lot of time away from home.