BlackBerry Forums Support Community               

Closed Thread
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 08-31-2010, 04:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
BlackBerry God
 
aiharkness's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Florida Panhandle
Model: Z10
OS: 10.2.1
Carrier: T-Mobile USA
Posts: 13,712
Post Thanks: 15
Thanked 498 Times in 485 Posts
Default Times zones, sort of a counter-rant, and a funny story

Please Login to Remove!

OK. This is long. But it's part rant -- that is a counter-rant -- so bear with me.

Longtime forum members know the heated threads we've had about the fact that -- at one time -- blackberrys did not automatically change the device time when arriving in a new zone. Well to be accurate, some models in use today still don't and never will; devices running the newer OS can be set to operate as the original blackberrys operate, automatically change, or prompt. I have mine set to prompt.

There when the 8100 came out and blackberrys became very popular for a while, there would be several new time zone threads posted almost every day. I never saw this whole time zone thing as that big a deal, and I had my worries about automatic time zone changing. My argument has been that a user needs to know if the time has changed, or know at a glance what time zone the device is set to. My example was living and working around and about a time zone boundary, and the possibility of the device switching between towers on either side of the boundary, and I think the prompt option addresses that concern.

Now here's the funny story: Traveling partner's iphone automatically switched time zones, switching to an hour ahead, with the result his alarm activated an hour early. Thank goodness for him it didn't switch to an hour behind, or he would have missed the flight.

He blames it on a tower near his house, and says it has happened once before, but during the day and he before it messed him up. (And this is the newest iphone, by the way.) I asked, "Doesn't the device ask you to confirm the change? Or can't you set it to prompt?" He says no. It's automatic . . . JUST LIKE EVERY OTHER PHONE HE'S OWNED.

So, for those who've complained, yes, it is true, the blackberry did not, and still does not, do like EVERY OTHER PHONE YOU'VE USED. In fact, blackberry users have always had control over the time zone setting on their device, and there never has been any risk of missing an appointment or a flight or whatever because the device didn't (or did) change the time zone automatically.

Hah!
__________________
- Ira
Offline  
Old 09-01-2010, 01:38 AM   #2 (permalink)
Spam Reporter
 
dc/dc's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: IAD
Model: 6230
Carrier: Voicestream
Posts: 14,530
Post Thanks: 220
Thanked 345 Times in 311 Posts
Default

There are also still some networks in the world that don't broadcast the time, including networks in first-world European countries.
__________________
I h8 txtspk.
Offline  
Old 09-03-2010, 09:01 PM   #3 (permalink)
BlackBerry God
 
aiharkness's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Florida Panhandle
Model: Z10
OS: 10.2.1
Carrier: T-Mobile USA
Posts: 13,712
Post Thanks: 15
Thanked 498 Times in 485 Posts
Default

I wonder if a flakey tower was this guy's -- or rather his wife's -- problem in Random Time Zone Changes. At least the blackberry was set to prompt. The odd thing was it was only the wife's; his blackberry did not do it.
__________________
- Ira
Offline  
Closed Thread


Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On





Copyright 2004-2014 BlackBerryForums.com.
The names RIM and BlackBerry are registered Trademarks of BlackBerry Inc.