Previously Karma required the purchase of one of their proprietary hotspot devices, but you can now purchase just the SIM and a data plan. They also offer the Franklin R717 for sale, which is the same hotspot T-Mobile uses for their Test Drive Program.
Karma as a cellular data provider has a history - and it's not all good.
Karma Information and History
Currently Available Plans:
- 10GB - $50
- 5GB - $30
- Carrier Networks Used: T-Mobile
- Carrier Relationship: MVNO
- Plan Types Available: Data Only
- Device Types Permitted: Hotspot devices
- Unlimited: No
- High Speed Mobile Hotspot Use: Not specified
- Throttling: Not specified
- Network Management: Not specified
- Video Streaming Resolution: Not specified
- 5G Access: Yes, with a 5G capable device and in an area where 5G service is available
- Device Purchase Required: No
- Plan Period: 30 Days
- International Roaming: None
- Domestic Roaming: Unknown
- Data Roll Over: No
- Overage Charges: No
- Lines permitted per account: Not specified
Karma started out as a Sprint-based MVNO, and made headlines late in 2015 when it announced an unlimited data plan called 'Neverstop' for $50/month. Though speeds were capped at a modest 5Mbps, this plan generated a huge amount of interest from those desperate for a truly unlimited cellular data plan - and Karma sold a lot of hotspots.
It only took Karma a few weeks to discover that the usage demands of the Neverstop plan were higher than it could deliver, and in February 2016 Karma canceled the Neverstop plan entirely and introduced the Pulse plan instead.
Karma's original pay-as-you-go Refuel plan with non-expiring data was discontinued in late 2016 as well.
In late 2017, Karma changed its plans again, offering capped buckets of data on its plans - with purchased data lasting for three months before it expires.
Many of the customers who signed up for Neverstop sent their Karma Go's back for an "unconditional" refund. Unfortunately, even by the end of 2016 many of those refunds reportedly still had not been fulfilled, generating a whole lot of bad karma for Karma online.
News, Videos, & Status
We purchased a Karma Go device when the very promising "Neverstop" plan was announced in November 2015. We used it sporadically until the Neverstop plan was discontinued in February 2016.
- Is Karma Kaput? Does New 50GB Plan Hide Trouble Behind The Scenes? Posted on: August 16, 2016
- Karma Launches 'Premium' Add-On Service Posted on: June 30, 2016
- Karma Neverstop well.... Stops. Posted on: February 18, 2016
- Karma Neverstop Decides to Keep Speed, But Cap Usage Posted on: January 18, 2016
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