Verizon Static IP Changes IPv4 to Persistent Prefix IPv6

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UPDATES 7/11/17

We have taken additional steps to ease your transition from our current Public Static IPv4 service to the new Persistent Prefix IPv6 service. This email updates the information you received from us on March 8, 2017.
Most importantly, Verizon has increased our Public Static IPv4 reserves so we can extend the availability of new Public Static IPv4 address assignments through mid-2018. Your existing lines of service with Verizon‑assigned Public Static IPv4 addresses will continue to be supported with no changes required.
In order to ensure availability for all customers, we have implemented a new policy that allows up to 500 Public Static IPv4 addresses to be requested in any thirty (30) day period. Larger requests may be accommodated following a more detailed review of your business need.
Please note that as provided in the Verizon Wireless IP Address Assignment and Usage Policy, reserved addresses must be activated within ninety (90) days or are subject to being released for assignment to other customers.
Verizon appreciates your business and will continue to keep you informed as we move toward our new Persistent Prefix IPv6 service. We look forward to helping you find the right solutions to meet your business needs. Please contact your Verizon Wireless Account Manager for assistance regarding Public Static IPv4 services.


Verizon static IP customers just received an email highlighting some major changes to the way new addresses will be assigned. Essentially from June 30th, 2017, static addresses will now be IPv6 only. IPv4 is a 32 bit long internet address, meaning there are a little over 4 billion unique IPs available. While this seems like a lot of addresses, with the recent rise of IoT (internet of things) devices and M2M (machine to machine) communication, the remaining address pool is running out quickly. IPv6 on the other hand uses 128 bit addresses, so that is 340 followed by 36 zeros of possible unique addresses. Below is the information customers are receiving from Verizon.

On June 30, 2017, Verizon will stop issuing new Public Static IPv4 addresses due to a shortage of available addresses. Customers that currently have active Public Static IPv4 addresses will retain those addresses, and Verizon will continue to fully support existing Public Static IPv4 addresses. In order to reserve new IP addresses, your company will need to convert to the Persistent Prefix IPv6 requirements and implement new Verizon-certified IPv6 devices.

Why should you make the move to Persistent Prefix IPv6?

Unlike IPv4, which is limited to a 32-bit prefix, Persistent Prefix IPv6 has 128-bit addressing scheme, which aligns to current international agreements and standards.

Persistent Prefix IPv6 will provide the device with an IP address unique to that device that will remain with that device until the address is relinquished by the user (i.e., when the user moves the device off the Verizon Wireless network).

IPv4-only devices are not compatible with Persistent Prefix IPv6 addresses.

Your business is important to us, and we want to work closely with you to manage any requirements for the new service. Contact your Verizon account representative or call our dedicated business support team at 800.922.0204 to answer questions you have and to start your transition to Persistent Prefix IPv6.


A static IPv4 address would have looked like: 166.x.x.x

An IPv6 address looks like this: 2001:0aba:0a0b:012f:0000:0000:0000:0001

We will update this article as more information becomes available. We'll also be adding links to compatible IPv6 cellular routers so those with upgrade needs will have options.


 Peplink and Pepwave

We will fully support IPv6 static IP addresses prior to the announced June 30th date.


 Sierra Wireless

Implementing the necessary features in ALEOS 4.8.0 (RV50, RV50X, MP70, GX450, ES450) and MGOS 4.1 (MG90) prior to June 30th. Older models will not be supported.

Read their technical release here (PDF)



Firmware 6.4 due July 2017 will support iPv6



Option products currently do not support IPv6. Option is currently exploring support for IPv6 through a firmware upgrade. We expect to have more information soon on when they expect to implement this.




How to tell if you are on an IPv4 or IPv6 right now?  Click both links below.  If you see an IP Address return when clicking on a link, that is how you see if you are on v4 or v6

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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 11 July 2017 )
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