Karma: Portable Wi-Fi Service Opens Pre-Orders for Karma Go

September 23, 2014

9:00 am

Call it portable Wi-Fi or an experience that allows you to get Internet access anywhere and everywhere you go. While the search for a fast connection and reliable Wi-Fi can be challenging, there is one option that will keep all of your devices online whether you’re at home or in the office: it’s called Karma.

Today Karma announced Karma Go, its next-generation hotspot. According to a press release, Karma Go utilizes the Sprint 4G LTE Network, with fallback to 3G, which means users can stay connected anywhere they go across the United States.

“It’s our second hardware device and Karma Go will be connected nationwide to give you a fast connection anywhere in the US,” says Steven van Wel, the CEO and cofonder.

Launched in 2012, Karma was available in 18 major cities across the U.S. and has more than 100,000 users to date. It’s also known for being easy-to-use and convenient.

“When you turn Karma on there is a Wi-Fi signal present, and it’s as simple as your home or office Wi-Fi,” says van Wel. “So you connect your device to it, and from that moment on you you’re connected to the Internet.”

While having Wi-Fi on the go and a fast connection are a two of the main features of Karma, there are a few other notable benefits. Here’s what you should know:

  • You’re only charged for the data you use: “the great part about it is you’re only charged for the data you use. As a customer and user of Karma, you never get a surprise bill, you just buy the karma data,” says van Wel.
  • It’s not based on a fixed location: Most of their competitors offer Wi-Fi in set locations, but you can take Karma anywhere: “I think a pretty well known example is called Boingo, but you’re buying these hourly, daily or weekly access packages,” says van Wel.
  • There are no expiration dates or monthly fees: “If you use more, you pay for more. If you decide not to use Karma for a few days or a full month, your data is still there and in your account,” says van Wel.
  • Other features: According to their website, “Karma grabs a 4G signal and creates your own personal Wi-Fi network. Give it a home in your bag and stay connected for good.”

More about van Wel and the Karma Team

Van Wel is joined by Stefan Borsje, a cofounder and CTO as well as medium sized team that includes designers, engineers, developers and specialists with marketing, writing and sales skills.

For van Wel, this is his third startup, and company with the biggest mission.

“I want to make sure that a couple of years from now we are your only type of provider and that’s an exciting thing to work on. As a CEO, I want everything we do to make sure the product gets better,” says van Wel. “It’s about making things better and simpler.”

Van Wel wants to offer advice he’s received in the past to young and up-and-coming entrepreneurs.

“I think a lot of people now wait too long if they’re building a product or building software to make it perfect,” says van Wel. “But it’s never perfect, it’s much better to get people to pay for your product, listen to what they like about the service, but especially what they don’t like about what you’re doing. Then you improve your product and make it better.”

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Amanda Quick is a tech/startup reporter covering young entrepreneurs for Tech Cocktail. She’s also interested in covering apps, emerging technology, IoT and beauty & wellness.

Amanda is currently in grad school at Syracuse University studying Information Management. In the past she has interned at NBC Sports, NBC Olympics, Brand-Yourself, and the Times Leader Newspaper as well as worked at WWNY-TV and the StartFast Venture Accelerator in Upstate New York. Amanda is originally from Kansas City, MO but has also lived in Canton, MA and Scranton, PA.

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