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USB mobile data dongle

Postby kvonh » Thu Mar 07, 2013 4:50 pm

Does anybody know of/have experience of a UK-available mobile-data-dongle&provider that will work with Linux of course ... with the following crucially important feature(s): I want to purchase credit and "activate" the device only very occasionally but I will not have access to the physical dongle when I do this. The providers that I've checked so far (TMobile and Three) require the dongle to be the connecting device at the point of service-purchase - this won't work for me.

To explain a little more for those of you that have read this far: the plan is for it to go with my Raspberry Pi + GPS dongle into my car. When someone nicks the car, I want to able to enable the data-dongle remotely (I assume this will involve punching my IMEI and/or mobile number + credit card number into the mobile-service-provider's website) whereupon the periodic attempt by the RPi to establish a VPN into my home machine will suddenly magically work, and I will be able to connect back into the car's gpsd and hotfoot it after the criminals with my baseball bat in hand. I'm too cheap to buy a full-time data connection, hence this question.

Any thoughts most gratefully received.

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Postby nelz » Thu Mar 07, 2013 5:02 pm

Try GiffGaff, you activate and top up the card through a web browser, so you can do it from anywhere. You can order a SIM card from and it will work in any unlocked dongle - the Huawei ones are ubiquitous and work well with Linux.
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Postby kvonh » Thu Mar 07, 2013 5:09 pm

Thanks Nelz - exactly what I wanted. Will report back in due course!
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Postby dandnsmith » Fri Mar 08, 2013 7:45 am

It's worth checking on the precise terms and conditions.
I have a dongle with a Vodafone (Spain) service.
That has to have credit added at least every 9 months, or else it loses its number (and usefulness to you).
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