All three of these phones are in Perth, Western Australia, are on the Telstra network and are set to automatically update their time from the network. The brand-new Nokia E52 in the middle is an hour ahead. How do you fix it?
Option 1 – Wait for Telstra to release new firmware with a patch to change Perth from GMT+9 back to GMT+8…
(Cue the Chirping Crickets)
Option 2 – Work around the problem
First, you need to switch off the pesky automatic time sync and pick a useful time zone.
From the phone’s menu, select
Ctrl. panel (or Tools), then
General and finally,
Date and time. Scroll to the bottom of the list and set
Automatic time update to
Still on this menu, go up to
Time zone and change it from
GMT +8:00 Perth to
GMT +8:00 China or
GMT +8:00 Singapore
You will then need to set the Time manually.
Can my phone auto-update its time some other way?
By itself the phone will keep its time reasonably accurate (within a minute or two) for weeks, if not months. What if you use your phone as an alarm clock (as I do) and don’t want to have to keep manually updating the time?
To solve this problem I hunted around and found an awesome Symbian app called FreeTimeBox that can auto-update the time from a variety of sources – even the phone’s GPS – automatically. Download it here.
Once you load FreeTimeBox from the Applications menu, select settings. Make sure
Start on boot is set to
Enabled. In the syc settings, set it to do a scheduled sync and set the Access point for NTP (I use
Telstra.Internet). For the Time server, first, add a new server. I use my own server of
220.127.116.11 on port
123 but any NTP server will work.
Sync now (NTP) and your phone should correct its clock.
Ultimately, it’s up to Nokia and Telstra to fix this. How were these new phones (The Nokia 6720 classic is affected too) were released with such obvious firmware bugs..?