Bug In Latest iDEN Phones Disables A-GPS
Jul 19, 2004, 11:35 AM by (staff)
updated In forums around the web, dozens of Nextel customers with Motorola i710, i730, and i830 phones are reporting the inability to access GPS position-location services since Friday. Several users report that a Y2K-style bug in the phones' software is triggered by reaching "week 0" in the schedule of GPS satellite orbits, known as the GPS "almanac". The bug causes the phone to crash and reboot, and will happen any time this week a GPS reading is attempted, including the E-911 feature invoked automatically during a 911 emergency call. Older iDEN phones with GPS, such as the i88 and i58, are not affected. UPDATE: On Tuesday evening, Nextel and Motorola confirmed the bug. The i205, i305, and i530 models are also affected. The companies are working on a fix. Nextel has turned off its E-911 system until the issue can be resolved, allowing 911 calls to be completed without interruption.