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TIme display when off network


Mar 8, 2007, 3:03 AM
If I turn off my Nextel i560 phone on an airplane, and turn it back on in a city where there is no coverage, the time is not displayed. Yet, the daily reminder I use for an alarm clock faithfully rings on cue (assuming I stayed in the same timezone). Does anyone know how to get the thing to display the correct time, which it definitely knows internally, even if it is turned on in an area with no service?


Mar 14, 2007, 2:38 PM
What city are you in that doesn't have Nextel coverage?

Mar 15, 2007, 9:26 AM
In the past year:
> Arcata-Eureka in northern California (home of a medium-sized state university).
> Portland, Maine and every place north of that I traveled.
> San Simeon, California and all points north of that on Highway 1 until you get to Monterey.
> Mount Wilson Observatory, overlooking the Los Angeles basin (direct line of sight to downtown Los Angeles, with Pasadena incl JPL, Cal Tech within two miles direct line of sight.
There are PLENTY of places in the US that Nextel doesn't cover, and this lack of time display is a problem. Do you have any insight into how to get the time to display when the phone is turned off & on when off-network?

Mar 15, 2007, 3:01 PM
Wear a watch.

Mar 15, 2007, 6:24 PM
🤣 🤣 🤣 Nice!

Mar 15, 2007, 9:40 PM
Ha ha! That was a good one, even if it was at my expense. I got a good laugh out of it myself.

Like a lot of people I know, the cellphone has effectively replaced the watch, and I've gotten into that habit. I work on machinery almost every day, and not having a watch on when reaching into the confines of electrical & mechanical equipment is a plus. A watch is a legitimate solution, just not the preferred solution.

That said, our Verizon Motorola phone and Cingular & T-Mobile BlackBerries DO continue to show the correct time even if they are turned off and turned back on where there is no network signal. I don't see why Nextel's phones can't do the same thing, but apparently they can't.

Thanks for the humor, it was a good way to end ...

Mar 19, 2007, 1:49 PM

pocket watch??? 👀

Mar 24, 2007, 10:13 AM
A lot of the newer phones get the time off the network. Due to this they don't keep time information stored locally. Sprint phones are the same way. I know if I lock onto an analog signal I won't get the time right away. Yes I still use analog and a lot of it. I really don't mind much that I don't have the time on my phone as I usually have something else to tell me what time it is. What bugs me is using the internet on my phone and having no display telling me what time it is.

One solution involves getting a Sprint phone so you can use digital roaming and have the time. The other is getting a watch.

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