I have seen several posts about how to connect a raspberry Pi to a 3g modem to begin transmitting data. Here is an example of a modem I would like to use.

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My main confusion is in how you get the the 3g modem set up in the first place. Do you have to register the modem with a 3G carrier? Also, is it possible to set up one data plan with many 3g modems using the same plan? I want to have many raspberry Pi's set up doing pretty minimal network activity.

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I am not sure how it exactly works in USA with 3G but usually you need to get a SIM card from a GSM provider that has data plan.

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But - If you live somewhere in the US then you can avoid having multiple data plans for each SIM by using this amazing service called Ting.COM (Sponsons the great SysAdmin show Techsnap)

With Ting, you have 1 account, and pay for how much you use, for 1 sim or 20 sims! Yea, all on one account and pay what you use from the same pool. I wish we had Ting in the Europe. I am sure if you call them UP you can get more info.

  • @ppumpkin follow up question, what kind of 3g usb stick is that? Jul 17, 2014 at 17:49
  • Try and search for USB 3G with SIM - You should get local results. If you struggle for any reason comment here and I will try and help you some more.
    – Piotr Kula
    Jul 17, 2014 at 21:42

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