Because of the MCO, many people have taken on side appearances to make extra money. Personally, my full-time job already takes up most of my time, and at night there is only so much time left for additional tasks.
Basically, I was looking for something with which I could passively make some money without actively doing anything. And what excess do I have that I could use? My unlimited wi-fi bandwidth.
Simplify is a peer-to-peer internet sharing platform that allows you to sell your excess Wi-Fi or 4G cellular data to other Simplify users.
This means that, as an Internet user, you can literally buy Internet access from anyone who has additional bandwidth without having to subscribe or reload additional data from a telecommunications company.
And as a seller, you can earn an extra income with your unfinished mobile data or excess WiFi – something I wanted to rely on.
Prepare my WiFi for the hustle and bustle
The Simplify website lists some simple steps you need to follow to start selling. So I obviously followed a T.
A fairly quick setup process / photo credit: Simplify
1. Open an account
All you need is your Google or Facebook account.
2. Link your account to PayPal
To get the dough rolling, you need a PayPal account to receive your payout.
3. Wi-Fi setup
This process was easy because all I had to do was create a unique Wi-Fi name. So I thought of the following: "RikcoTestWiFi" – simple and straight to the point.
To complete the setup, Simplify needs the MAC address of your router, which you can usually find on the back of the router or on the setup page of your router 192.168.1.1.
Click Submit. With "Simplify" you get a WLAN name and a password, which are set in your router. According to Simplify, the password is 13 characters long and double-encrypted, which makes hacking extremely difficult.
Set up my WiFi to make money
I then ran into a problem. I forgot my router's login information. It then took me about 20 minutes to search my email and get the relevant information for registering my ISP (Internet Service Provider).
Note that this was not a Simplify bug and was just my own. If you had access to your WiFi router, it would be easy to set up.
For privacy and security reasons, I asked the team if they kept the passwords or had access to my WiFi, which they said:
Simplify never has access to your WiFi router at home. First, it does not have your Wi-Fi administrator console password. Second, the home broadband network is not part of Simplify.
So be assured that your WLAN will not be used without your knowledge. You can easily remove or reset your WiFi if you want to stop selling.
I leave my WiFi to make some money myself
To test whether my Wi-Fi setup was successful, I downloaded the Simplify app to pretend to be the buyer (my own data). As soon as I started the app, I saw a nearby hotspot called "RikcoTestWiFi".
Opening the Simplify app immediately showed me my test WiFi
I made a connection to my WiFi and at Simplify I didn't even have to enter a password. So it was a seamless and "simplified" experience.
I loaded a random YouTube video to test the connection and that took up about 30MB in just 41 seconds. Simplify also lists what you will be charged. In this case I was charged RM0.03 for 30 MB data usage. Unlike a prepaid or postpaid plan, you only pay for what you've used.
They show you the fees with the dates used and the duration, so you know what you will be charged for
And the sales process was that simple.
For example, if you want to stream Tiger King on Netflix, it costs about RM2 if you stream on HD.
From the buyer's perspective
As someone with 10 GB of mobile data at home and 1 Gbit / s unlimited fiber optic connection, I never had the need to buy WiFi or charge my data plan.
Talking to the Simplify team, they told us that the majority of their customers were students. “During this MCO period, they were either stranded in hostels or participating in e-learning at home. Most of them have limited quota prepaid data plans. "
As a buyer, there are a few ways you can pay for Simplify internet usage. You can either pay with PayPal or with your credit / debit card, which includes BigPay.
I was a little curious about the security measures, but the team assured me they partnered with Stripe, a PCI-compatible partner that keeps all your payment details safe.
M’sians help cope with the MCO
To help the data-hungry Malaysians who are stuck at home, Simplify offers a free 20 GB router package without commitment to anyone who requests it during the MCO.
The team informed us that this is a free service to keep Malaysians connected during the MCO. Once MCO is raised, all you have to do is return the Simplify router or continue to host the Simplify WiFi at your location.
Alternatively, you can simply start the Simplify app and get internet access for only RM1 for 1 GB.
They also told us that the router is a simple plug and play system and does not require any holes or cables or the like.
Simplify is also part of the MIT innovation initiative, which aims to outperform COVID-19 by enabling internet sharing and bring affordable internet access to the larger global community during the ban.
As mentioned earlier, as someone with a lot of data available, I can be the seller and offer my WiFi and data to other customers and get paid if someone connects to it.
If I want, I can open my WiFi access for free and share it with other Simplify users nearby for a good cause.
A payment email sent to my email stating that I paid through PayPal
In the end, my side appearance proved that it could possibly work because I earned RM0.03 (from myself) at Simplify.
I think Simplify has the potential to improve when there are more users on the platform because ultimately it's all about supply and demand.
- More information about Simplify can be found here.
- If you charge your WiFi via Simplify GIGA, you get 1 GB of free data.