In yesterday’s post, we gave you the rundown of our Social Bandwidth program. In a nutshell, you share your WiFi signal, we reward you with data. Today, we’re talking about making the most out of those rewards.

Social Bandwidth is a feature we’ve offered since the beginning—it’s part of our DNA, and it’s where we got our name. Over the last few years, we’ve learned there are certain spots that are goldmines for data. But first, you’ll want to edit the SSID on your device to make it appealing for others to join (the SSID is just a fancy term for the network name). You’ll be able to do this from the Karma dashboard. You have four choices for your WiFi network name; customers experimenting tell us that ‘Free WiFi by Karma’ seems to get the best results.

We’ve said it before, we’ll say it again. Airports are our favorite place to broadcast a Karma WiFi signal. Airport WiFi is notoriously horrible. Sometimes it’s free, sometimes it’s not, but it’s always sluggish and unreliable. Karma Go gives you a personal connection, so you don’t have to worry about whether or not you’ll be bored to tears when your flight is delayed. Since everyone else has the same idea, it’s easy to get visitors on your connection. Our friend and founder of NYC-based startup Parcel, Jesse Kaplan, has had great success with this method.

Cafés and coffee shops have been mainstay havens for writers and other freelancers for years—and thanks to the digital nature of today’s workplace, more and more folks are making the café their office. While you might think that every coffee shop in the world offers free WiFi at this point, it can actually be tough to find. Even when WiFi is readily available, too many visitors to the café can slow down the network. Naturally, it’s the perfect spot to rack up free data.

If you’ve discovered an ideal place or strategy to earn data using your Karma Classic, let us know in the comments below.


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