For that least year Karma has been growing its shared 4G service on Sprint’s WiMAX network, inviting people to connect to its network over Wi-Fi through other customers’ 4G hotspots. Next year, it plans to expand its reach to more cities – and perhaps make its customers’ connections a lot speedier – by linking to Sprint’s new LTE network.
Karma, a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), has struck a wholesale deal with Sprint to start selling a 4G hotspot that taps its growing LTE network, according to CEO and co-founder Steven van Wel. The details of the device haven’t been worked out, van Wel said, but Karma is hoping it will connect to Sprint’s new Spark network, an amalgamation of Sprint’s three LTE systems that can support speeds over 50 Mbps.
Karma is trying to divorce the data plan from the device that connects to the network. As CEO and co-founder Steven van Wel said at Gigaom’s Mobilize conference, if you’re surrounded by Karma hotspots, you should be able to connect to any of them, not just your own. But while you may be sharing a stranger’s connection, you’re not sharing his data – everyone’s usage is deducted from their own accounts.
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