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Karma Hotspot Gives Out Free Data
New York Times ^ | ROY FURCHGOTT

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 don’t want to share what pictures I’ve viewed on EyeEm, and I certainly don’t 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 isn’t.

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, Karma’s registration is through Facebook. All you need is an e-mail address and a Facebook password, and you’re in. In fact, you can’t 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, Karma’s chief executive, the app doesn’t send any automatic notifications, so it doesn’t matter. In a test, Karma sent no unwanted alerts.

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TOPICS: Computers/Internet

1 posted on 03/20/2013 5:15:18 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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So it's a Wifi router connected to the Internet by a cell phone connection?
2 posted on 03/20/2013 5:23:27 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("Somebody has to be courageous enough to stand up to the bullies." --Dr. Ben Carson)
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