If you’re a business traveler with a GSM phone, chances are you’ve signed on for overseas roaming, which means that your phone finds and hops on whatever local GSM network is present, and sets the time appropriately. So I can’t help wondering who exactly will want to spend $10 for AutoTimeZone, an application that sets the proper time zone for your BlackBerry via the Internet and GPS. It doesn’t work with CDMA BlackBerrys, so that basically leaves people who don’t have international roaming plans–and are presumably connecting to the Internet via a Wi-Fi hotspot.
Just for kicks, I launched the app after downloading it, and it immediately told me of a mismatch between my location and the time zone–did I wish to fix it? Sure. When the dust settled, my BlackBerry told me that it was 5 p.m. Greenwich Mean Time–but I was still in San Francisco, where the time was 10 a.m., as it had been before the app did its thing. ‘Nuff said.