Skip to comments.Karma Hotspot Gives Out Free Data
Posted on 03/20/2013 5:15:18 PM PDT by nickcarraway
I hate when products make me a shill by alerting everyone on Facebook when I use them. Maybe I dont want to share what pictures Ive viewed on EyeEm, and I certainly dont want Spotify telling anyone I listened to the Archies.
Which makes the Karma Hotspot somewhat confounding. It appears to be one of those apps that overshares, but it isnt.
The Karma Hotspot acts as a go-between to connect a Wi-Fi phone, tablet or computer to the Web using the mobile phone network. It gives away data 100 megabytes worth when you sign up, and each time you allow someone to share your hotspot. That 100 megabytes is equivalent to downloading about 300 e-mails or 15 good-quality three-and-a-half minute songs.
To make joining easy, Karmas registration is through Facebook. All you need is an e-mail address and a Facebook password, and youre in. In fact, you cant currently sign up without a Facebook account. The company said it was working on an alternative.
Here is where the confusion comes in. When you sign up with any app through Facebook, it asks if you want to allow the app in this case Karma to share information. If you say yes, you will see a message telling you that Karma can share posts on your timeline. That makes it look as if it will.
But, although the mechanism is there to share, said Robert Gaal, Karmas chief executive, the app doesnt send any automatic notifications, so it doesnt matter. In a test, Karma sent no unwanted alerts.
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