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PKT Pal Expands Its Crypto-Powered WiFi Device Lineup With Launch of The Mini

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Network technology startup PKT Pal has started taking pre-orders for its latest product, the “Mini,” a WiFi hardware device that rewards users with a coin called PKT for sharing their Internet connection.

The device, which comes on the heels of a $5 million funding round led by Acuitas Group Holdings last August, will be shipped to customers as early as April, according to a press release.

Customers will be able to mine and earn PKT, a fork of bitcoin launched in 2019, every minute the Mini is connected to the internet. Customers also earn PKT from sharing their WiFi with others.

The Mini, which retails for $499, has a larger and more expensive sibling, the “Cube,” which PKT Pal launched at the end of 2021 at a hefty $2,500 per device.

The PKT Pal business model resembles that of Nova Labs, the company behind the Helium blockchain, a decentralized telecommunications network powered by the HNT token. Josh Berger says PKT Pal’s focus on building high-speed networks for everyday use instead of low-speed networks for Internet of Things (IoT) devices, sets it apart.

“There's not a big market right now for IoT,” Josh Berger, co-founder of PKT Pal, told CoinDesk in an interview. “So when we created the PKT network, it was very much focused on a high-speed network that people could, you know, watch Netflix on.”