EVDOinfo Tip of the Week #8: Obtaining a Static IP Address

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Wednesday, 03 June 2009

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Obtaining a Static IP Address for Your Sprint or Verizon 3G or 4G

Many mobile broadband users don't realize it, but your IP address - the unique number assigned to your computer when it connects to the Internet - is constantly changing. Each time you connect your 3G or 4G modem to the network, you are automatically assigned a new IP address at random. In fact, most Internet Service Providers reserve the right to change your IP address at any time, and this happens regularly with mobile broadband.

For 98% of the people who use mobile broadband, this makes no difference and any IP address will do. For some people who need to configure certain devices over 3G or 4G, a static IP address can be a necessity. A static (non-changing) IP address is usually required when connecting a specific device over 3G or 4G, such as a remote security camera. That camera needs to have the same IP address all the time so that the remote administrators are able to access it over the internet. If the IP address were to change, nobody would be able to find that camera to access it again.

To accommodate these users, both Sprint and Verizon offer Staic IP addresses as an add-on to your 3G or 3G/4G Mobile Broadband Plans. The pricing varies by carrier:

Verizon offers a Static IP address for a one-time fee of $500 - once you pay the $500 fee, the static IP address is yours and your monthly bill does not change. If you have multiple lines of service on your account and need static IP addresses for each of them, you do NOT need to pay the fee again - the $500 is good for static IPs for ALL your lines. To add a static IP address to your Verizon account, simply call Verizon customer service at (800) 922-0204.

Sprint offers a static IP address for a monthly fee of $3 per line, which is simply added to your Sprint bill each month. If you have multiple lines of service and you need static IPs for all of them, you have to pay $3/month for each line. To add a static IP address to your Sprint account, you can call Sprint customer service at 888-211-4727.

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