6 Replies Latest reply: Nov 12, 2012 2:37 PM by theipv6guy RSS

    IPv6 on Android Phones

    theipv6guy

      These phones support IPv6 on the T-Mobile USA mobile network


      1. Galaxy Nexus (unlocked UMTS version, not the LTE version)
      2. Nexus S (T-Mobile USA version)

       

       

      Overview

      • The IPv6 service at T-Mobile USA is still in beta, but we are making substantial progress on getting handsets and the network ready to make IPv6 a standard service
      • Questions about the service are only supported through the support community at this Google Group, Customer Care and retail stores are not supporting this beta project.
      • IPv6 is live on the standard epc.tmobile.com APN.  You just need to add a new IPv6 APN profile for epc.tmobile.com. Follow the instructions below to use the APN name = epc.tmobile.com and APN protocol = IPv6.

      Setup Process

      1. You must have Samsung Android 4.0+ (ICS) Nexus phone to attach to IPv6.  While other Android phones may support IPv6 on the WiFi interface, only the Nexus Samsung phones can support IPv6 on the GSM/UMTS interface.
      2. To configure the phone for IPv6, from the Android home screen:
        1. Touch the left most menu key in the bottom panel, tap Settings
        2. Select Wireless & networks
        3. Select Mobile networks
        4. Select Access Point Names
        5. Touch the left most menu key in the bottom panel, tap New APN
        6. Set the following fields
        • Name = v6
        • APN = epc.tmobile.com
        • APN protocol = IPv6
        • APN type = default
        • Touch the left most menu key in the bottom panel, tap save
        • Tap the "go back" arrow from the bottom keys, select the new "v6" APN as so that it has the blue ball
        • You may need to reboot your phone.
        • Here are some screenshots of how the mobile network APN should look
      3. You can validate IPv6 access my going to ip6.me which will display your IPv6 address. There is a more detailed IPv6 test at  http://test-ipv6.com/
      4. To remove these settings and go back to IPv4 default, from the Access Point Names menu, select the left most key, and tap Restore to default

       

      Known Bugs

       

      1. Peer-to-peer applications like Skype and Tango do not work with IPv6.  If you use these services, please contacts Skype and Tango to request support of IPv6.  Here is a list applications that have been tested on the T-Mobile USA IPv6 network
      2. The IPv6 service only works in T-Mobile USA coverage, it does not work in domestic or international roaming at this time.
      3. Tethering is not yet an IPv6 feature in Android (special builds work)
      4. A-GPS feature in the Nexus phones does not work with IPv6 correctly, this will make locking a GPS signal take longer.
      5. Have another bug to report?  Send it to the Google Group

      Things that work well

      • Web browsing with Chrome, Firefox, Opera, and Opera Mini
      • Email with Touchdown, K-9, and Gmail applications supporting IMAP, POP, and SMTP.
      • Instant messaging with Google Talk and Meebo clients
      • Apps like Accuweather, Google Maps, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Yelp ...

      More about how T-Mobile's IPv6 service works?

      • T-Mobile's IPv6 service is an IPv6-only service that uses NAT64 and DNS64 in the network to connect IPv6 mobile users with IPv4 content.  We believe that the majority of the bandwidth consumed by IPv6 subscribers will be native end-to-end IPv6 without any translation required by the end of 2012 as major content providers like Google, Yahoo, Facebook, Microsoft, and many others have demonstrated during World IPv6 Day
      • Some basics of the T-Mobile USA strategy were presented at the 2010 Google IPv6 Conference

      FAQ

       

      1. Why is T-Mobile USA doing doing IPv6?
        • As a forward thinking technology company, T-Mobile USA is committed to the continued growth and agility of the Internet. IPv4 exhaustion has created a major challenge for Internet growth and the solution to continued growth is IPv6
      2. Why should I do IPv6?
        • Because you are an early technology adopter and are eager to try out the technology that will fuel the growth of the Internet
      3. Will the IPv6 service be any different from a user perspective?
        • T-Mobile USA is working to make IPv6 just as capable as IPv4.  IPv6 should not impact the speed of the network, but you may find that some application no longer work. One of the goals of this beta to help application developers discover problems early
      4. My phone is not listed above, will it work with IPv6?
        • No, most phones do not have the Android radio firmware (RIL) that allows the phone to support IPv6 on the mobile interface.  T-Mobile USA is encouraging all handset phone manufacturers to support IPv6.  If more phones become available, we will update this site.
      5. Will Google content like Youtube be native IPv6 on the T-Mobile USA network?
        • Yes, the T-Mobile USA network has Google over IPv6.   We are also now on the Facebook white list too!
      6. Where can I get more info?
        • 1. Re: IPv6 on Android Phones
          theipv6guy

          FYI.  Samsung Galaxy S II now supports IPv6 with the Android 4.0 update. More info here http://support.t-mobile.com/message/147760

          • 2. Re: IPv6 on Android Phones
            anoxia

            The ICS sgh-t989 upgrade, while it supports ipv6 on t-mobile's network, seems to *break* / *remove* ipv6 support on the wifi interface.  That's a regression since gingerbread accepted ipv6 addresses on its wifi interface.  Early adopters hoping for better IPv6 support need to be aware of this if they expect ipv6 support on wifi network.

             

            (my phone is now 4.0.3 UVLE1)

             

            When will there be a fix for this regression?!

            • 3. Re: IPv6 on Android Phones
              theipv6guy

              FYI -- Galaxy S III also supports IPv6

              • 4. Re: IPv6 on Android Phones
                anoxia

                @theipv6guy does the S3 support IPv6 over *wifi* though?

                 

                In other words, is T-Mobile screwing up IPv6 over wifi for *all* their ICS phones, or is the sgh-t989 ICS firmware the only one that's broken?

                • 5. Re: IPv6 on Android Phones
                  theipv6guy

                  The phones that now support mobile 4G IPv6 are here

                  • 6. Re: IPv6 on Android Phones
                    theipv6guy

                    Note2 now supported too

                     

                    T-Mobile IPv6 using unlocked UMTS Nexus & Galaxy Nexus Phones

                     

                    Only these phones support IPv6 on the T-Mobile USA mobile network

                     

                    1. Samsung Galaxy Note 2
                    2. Samsung Galaxy S III
                    3. Samsung Galaxy S Relay
                    4. Samsung Galaxy S II (with Android 4.0 Update)
                    5. Galaxy Nexus (unlocked UMTS version, not the LTE version)
                    6. Nexus S (T-Mobile USA version)

                    Overview
                    • The goal of the IPv6 service is to provide the same service as IPv4, but with the much more modern IPv6 protocol which will allow the entire Internet to grow larger than what was planned 30 years ago with IPv4.
                    • IPv6 is live on the standard epc.tmobile.com APN.  You just need to add a new IPv6 APN profile for epc.tmobile.com. Follow the instructions below to use the APN name = epc.tmobile.com and APN protocol = IPv6, then reboot.
                    Setup Process
                    1. You must have Samsung Android 4.0 (ICS) Nexus or Galaxy S II or III phone to attach to IPv6.  While other Android phones may support IPv6 on the WiFi interface, only the Samsung phones can support IPv6 on the GSM/UMTS interface.
                    2. To configure the phone for IPv6, from the Android home screen:
                      1. NOTE:  Once you are done adding the new APN settings, you will need to restart the phone (power off then on).
                      2. Touch the left most menu key in the bottom panel, tap Settings
                      3. Select Wireless & networks
                      4. Select Mobile networks
                      5. Select Access Point Names
                      6. Touch the left most menu key in the bottom panel, tap New APN
                      7. Set the following fields
                      • Name = v6
                      • APN = epc.tmobile.com
                      • APN protocol = IPv6
                      • APN type = default
                      • Touch the left most menu key in the bottom panel, tap save
                      • Tap the "go back" arrow from the bottom keys, select the new "v6" APN as so that it has the blue ball
                      • You need to reboot your phone.
                      • Here are some screenshots of how the mobile network APN should look
                    3. You can validate IPv6 access my going to ip6.me which will display your IPv6 address. There is a more detailed IPv6 test at  http://test-ipv6.com/
                    4. To remove these settings and go back to IPv4 default, from the Access Point Names menu, select the left most key, and tap Restore to default

                    Known Bugs

                    1. Peer-to-peer applications like Skype and Tango do not work with IPv6.  If you use these services, please contacts Skype and Tango to request support of IPv6.  Here is a list applications that have been tested on the T-Mobile USA IPv6 network
                    2. The IPv6 service only works in T-Mobile USA coverage, it does not work in domestic or international roaming at this time.
                    3. Tethering is not yet an IPv6 feature in Android (special builds work)
                    4. A-GPS feature in the Nexus phones does not work with IPv6 correctly, this will make locking a GPS signal take longer.
                    5. Have another bug to report?  Send it to the Google Group
                    Things that work well
                    • Web browsing with Chrome, Firefox, Opera, and Opera Mini
                    • Email with Touchdown, K-9, and Gmail applications supporting IMAP, POP, and SMTP.
                    • Instant messaging with Google Talk and Meebo clients
                    • Apps like Accuweather, Youtube, Google Maps, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Yelp ...
                    More about how T-Mobile's IPv6 service works?
                    • T-Mobile's IPv6 service is an IPv6-only service that uses NAT64 and DNS64 in the network to connect IPv6 mobile users with IPv4 content.  We believe that the majority of the bandwidth consumed by IPv6 subscribers will be native end-to-end IPv6 without any translation required by the end of 2012 as major content providers like Google, Yahoo, Facebook, Microsoft, and many others have demonstrated during World IPv6 Day
                    • Some basics of the T-Mobile USA strategy were presented at the 2010 Google IPv6 Conference
                    FAQ
                    1. Why is T-Mobile USA doing doing IPv6?
                      • As a forward thinking technology company, T-Mobile USA is committed to the continued growth and agility of the Internet. IPv4 exhaustion has created a major challenge for Internet growth and the solution to continued growth is IPv6
                    2. Why should I do IPv6?
                      • Because you are an early technology adopter and are eager to try out the technology that will fuel the growth of the Internet
                    3. Will the IPv6 service be any different from a user perspective?
                      • T-Mobile USA is working to make IPv6 just as capable as IPv4.  IPv6 should not impact the speed of the network, but you may find that some application no longer work. One of the goals of this beta to help application developers discover problems early
                    4. My phone is not listed above, will it work with IPv6?
                      • No, most phones do not have the Android radio firmware (RIL) that allows the phone to support IPv6 on the mobile interface.  T-Mobile USA is encouraging all handset phone manufacturers to support IPv6.  If more phones become available, we will update this site.
                    5. Will Google content like Youtube be native IPv6 on the T-Mobile USA network?  What about Facebook?
                      • Yes, Google, Bing, Facebook, Yahoo all support IPv6 on their websites.  For sites that do not yet support IPv6, the T-Mobile network will translate between IPv4 and IPv6.
                    6. Where can I get more info?