[tz] Cellphone tz updates often not happening in Israel
L. David Baron
dbaron at dbaron.org
Mon Sep 23 20:32:12 UTC 2013
On Monday 2013-09-23 13:07 -0700, Paul Eggert wrote:
> A couple of weeks ago there were widespread reports of
> problems in the tz database's updates getting propagated to
> end users in Israel. Many cellphones running Android,
> BlackBerry, iOS, and Symbian were still based on tz release
> 2012g or earlier, i.e., they had not updated even to tz
> release 2012h (2012-10-26), much less to the current rules
> for Israel as per tz release 2013d (2013-07-05).
It also seems odd that these phones didn't have their time adjusted
as a result of receiving NITZ messages from cell towers with the
correct UTC offset. I thought that using time and timezone
information from the cell network was the typical default
configuration on smartphones (which makes having an up-to-date
timezone database less critical).
Are there carriers in Israel that don't broadcast date and offset
information from their cell towers? Or were the carriers
broadcasting incorrect data?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NITZ doesn't have information on
Israeli carriers, but it also suggests that there are substantial
numbers of mobile networks that don't provide timezone information.
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