No, that's not so. $10/month buys you a more restricted choice of addresses (eight, I think) but each time you log on you may get any one of those eight. I believe to get an absolutely fixed IP address is possible but very expensive, but I can't seem to find the actual facts. Someone said it costs $300/month but I haven't been able to confirm that.
Well, I have just set up webcams without using a dedicated IP address and they seem to be working. Tricky bit of software to run them. BTL told me that there were three levels of service re IP addresses - totally floating, floating within a restricted range, and fixed. It wouldn't surprise me to find that wasn't true, mind. They are pretty hopeless on giving information.
I had a static IP address in the UK without there being any extra charge, but we're talking about Belize which has bought way too few IP addresses.
OK, I've managed to speak to a technician, and what I was told by the sales people was nonsense. I'll spell it out here for the benefit of others.
Given that you have either the 1mb or 2mb service, for $10/month extra you are assigned a block of eight IP addresses that remain uniquely yours. The first two and the last one are used for BTL purposes and are not available for customer use. The remaining five are freely available for customer use and never change.
So Amanda you were right (of course!), but what you said was diametrically opposed to what BTL Sales told me, even though I went back to them and queried what they had said.
Yes. I couldn't understand how mine worked at all without a dedicated IP address, so when it stopped working I wasn't surprised. Turns out that I did have a static IP address (I actually have four spare that I'm not using!) and the failure was something else.