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Karma Launches New DRIFT Pay As You Go Mobile Broadband Plan

Sprint mobile broadband MVNO Karma Mobility has launched a new pay as you go plan. The plan is called the DRIFT plan and costs $3 per month plus $10 per GB of data used. As with Project Fi and Republic Wireless' discontinued Republic Refunds plans, DRIFT customers get credit back for any unused data at the end of each month.

Karma requires customers to purchase a $99 (plus $12.95 shipping) Karma Go hotspot to use the service. They do not allow you to use your own Sprint compatible hotspot or phone. The Go Hotspot allows up to 8 devices to connect and supports Sprint's tri-band LTE with fallback to 3G.

Like other Karma plans, DRIFT has a data sharing feature. Karma hotspots broadcast a public SSID that anyone within range can connect to, enter an email address and get 100 MB of data for free with an option to buy more data.  This is secure because the public SSID is isolated from the hotspot owner's connection. Guest users can't see the hotspot owner's data, devices or files. DRIFT customers get $1 when someone new connects to their hotspot, and their own data is free as long for as a guest is connected.

In addition to the DRIFT pay as you go plan, Karma still offers the following PULSE monthly plans:
  • $9.99/month - 1 GB
  • $39.99/month - 5 GB
  • $79.99/month - 10 GB 
  • $99.99/month - 20 GB 
  • $149.99/month - 50 GB
Unlike the DRIFT plan where you only pay for the amount of data you actually use (plus the $3 monthly fee), data on PULSE is use it or lose it.

It also looks like Karma's REFUEL plan is no longer available to new users. REFUEL let you buy data that never expired for $15 per GB with no monthly line fee. 

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  1. Isn't Karma the one that in the past has sold hotspots with unlimited data, then stiffed people?

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  2. When they will shut down?

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  3. Nothing here for me (or most anyone).

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  4. With refuel gone, this company is dead to me.

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  5. Dead MVNO walking...

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  6. Karma should forget about $99 hotspots and just start providing competitive, cheap data in iPads and other tablets capable of 4G LTE on Sprint.

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    1. Selfish idea - recipe for disaster for Karma. They would decrease revenue and profits, and lose the data sharing feature that helps them sign up new customers at low cost. This would greatly increasing the costs of acquiring new subscribers.

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    2. Tablet mobile data users are likely higher value, repeat customers, moreso than the casual leacher onto their freebie service.

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  7. Are the big four giving less and less allowance for MVNOs to make a profit?

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    1. MNO branded/unbranded carrier pricing cut into MVNOs profits for sure, and that was when just Boost and Metro were at war, before Verizon and AT&T decided to get half-serious about prepaid.

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  8. The troll(s) can't do math, or he/they're too lazy.

    1. This Drift plan beats the FreedomPop "free" 500MB 4G/3G option (Pro) plan, once you use over 900mb/month.
    2. If you average less than 1.7GB/month, the Drift plan can beat the FreePop Premium 2GB plan
    3. If you average less than 2.6GB/month, the Drift plan can beat the FreePop Premium 3GB plan
    4. If you average less than 3.2GB/month, the Drift plan can beat the FreePop Premium 4GB plan
    Karma doesn't make you "use or lose" data with its new Drift plan. This makes it worthy of consideration, depending on your usage pattern. FreedomPop overage rates are always higher than Drift rates.

    All the Karma Pulse plans match or beat FreedomPop, except for their 10GB plan.

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    1. What makes you think people are interested in Freedompop's overpriced service either?

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    2. "What makes you think people are interested in Freedompop's overpriced service either?"

      Such a choice is like choosing between root canal and kidney stones.

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  9. "and their own data is free as long for as a guest is connected."
    What does this mean?

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  10. Since its Sprint -Just go for CellNuvo Infinity plan with your old Ringplus device - Zero payment for almost 1GB hotspot monthly with referal codes and their app interaction

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  11. This is great news, because of course people will jump at the chance to once again buy service from a company that stiffs its customers.

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    1. Yeah, I might look to replace Defense Mobile with this.

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    2. I, too, am looking for the next PTel to give my loyalty to.

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  12. Just received e-mail that states I have to agree to pay $2.95 a month now to be grandfathered into the "Refuel" plan.( Oh yeah. I also have to do it by 1June2017 or I am out of the plan. One of the main reasons I signed up for Karma was there were no monthly charges. I will use up the data that I have purchased, and cancel.

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    1. That's not "grandfathered" by definition.

      He who pays such a repeated extra fee for this poor service is more of a Re-fool than anything.

      "I will use up the data that I have purchased, and cancel."

      Yes, it is like they sat in the boardroom at Karma and someone said: "What can we do to increase the rate at which we get rid of customers and shrink the business?"

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  13. I just got the same "bogus grandfather" letter: but cannot find an alternative. I use 1-4 GB a week, 6 weeks of the year and 1-3 GB a month two months of the year and 0 (because I'm home using my home wifi) for the rest of the year. Monthly plans, weekly plans, and daily plans would be expensive due to wasting purchased MB. Plus, who wants to fork over for a new device? This sucks!

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    1. Call it the godfather plan. Karma is making you an offer you can't refuse...

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    2. Honestly I ditched karma and just mobile hotspot with my phone. I got roughly 20 gigs per month by paying $20 extra bucks with ATT.

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  14. Migt want to look into unlimited hotspot via 4G Community

    " - Open to all, membership for the first year is $250 and $168/year thereafter for LTE only service, or $410 upfront and $225/year thereafter for 3G/LTE/Spark service. There is also a $15 membership fee. Coming out to as low as $14/month for service. They also offer 6 month and 3 month options."

    https://www.4gcommunity.org

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  15. I just got an e-mail from Karma about a change to their Refuel plans that pretty much screws over their early customers who bought large blocks of data in previous promotions. In order to keep using your Refuel plans, we now have to sign up for "grandfather" status which includes a $2.95/month maintenance fee. If you don't sign up for this you will not be able to use the service. So much for data that never expires. :P

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  16. such bs...I bought Karma refuel for the sold purpose of being able to use in car only when needed without data expiring. And i only had it for 6 months.. now refuel is cxl.. what a bait and switch... now i have a $99 paper weight.. unless i payd 2.95 a month to keep this paper weight. unreal

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  17. I think I will see how my karma go fits into my skeet thrower and then....PULL!

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  18. Karma will still allow you to access your data after June 1'st without agreeing to the new "grandfather" plan. But after your data is gone you will have to sign up for a subscription or accept your shiny new brick.

    https://blog.karmawifi.com/karma-refuel-grandfather-program-faq-46de32b5b1ba

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