February 07, 2003

One good thing about US cellphones

There are many things I hate about the US phone system in general, and the way the cell phone system works in particular, but there is also one feature I just love.

When I move between timezones during my travels, my US pre-paid mobile phone automatically adjusts to reflect the local time in the current time zone. This is perfect when I have a temporary stop-over on a flight home, as I don't need to get the time zone tables out to see how long I have to dash from one end of the the airport to the other for the next flight. Why are connecting flights never close to each other, and why do transatlantic flights always land so far away from US Immigration?

The European mobile / cell phone system does not work like that, probably because each country is (with very few exceptions) only in a single time zone, so changing timezones is never a considered feature. My UK cell phone stays rooted in GMT wherever I travel, and does not automatically adjust. Of course, this has its uses too - so that I don't try to phone home at 3am!

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Posted by Jorgen Thelin at February 7, 2003 10:00 PM - [PermaLink]
 
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