Does alarm work when iPhone 3G is off?

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  1. whiteshadoww macrumors regular

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  2. matperk macrumors 6502

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    #2
    how "off" are we talking?

    If shutdown, no. (Did you use the red slider?)

    If just in standby, yes. (just top power button)
     
  3. adversecamber macrumors regular

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  4. kevlong macrumors newbie

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    The alarm still works if:
    • the silence button is on
    • the phone is in flight mode

    The latter one saves a lot of battery.

    Kevlong
     
  5. MBHockey macrumors 68040

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    It works if it is locked -- that is, if the iPhone is asleep but still on.

    If the iPhone is actually powered down ("Slide to Power Off") then of course not, the alarm will not work.
     
  6. adversecamber macrumors regular

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    Why of course? Every mobile phone I've ever owned has switched itself back on when the alarm activates.
     
  7. Warbrain macrumors 603

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    Which is a serious problem because Blackberrys can do this.
     
  8. djrobsd macrumors 6502a

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    Ahh yes, the dreaded comparison to a Blackberry. The Blackberry alarm also has Snooze, which iPhone is missing. I really hope they prioritize the alarm functionality of the iPhone soon! The alarm functionality is CRITICAL in today's hectic and fast paced world to stay on top of things.

    If Apple expects more widespread corporate adoption they are going to have to take a good look at some of the things a Crackberry can do that an iPhone can't and add them to a future firmware.
     
  9. pyrodex macrumors 6502

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    The iPhone has a snooze for the Alarm, when you configure the alarm your able to hit the snooze on/off switch. I've been a 2+ year blackberry user and I can say the iPhone alarm is 10x better than the BB one. Since I can do more than one alarm the BB one wins hands down and of course I set one for a specific day not just weekends/weekdays/all.
     
  10. adversecamber macrumors regular

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    So, which one is better??
     
  11. pyrodex macrumors 6502

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    Sorry I was half asleep, the iPhone is better. VIVA LA IPHONE.
     
  12. vrflyer macrumors 6502

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    Yup it does have a snooze button, I use it quite well.... :D
     
  13. LondonGooner macrumors regular

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    Of Course not? Out of the 2 dozen mobiles I've owned in my life, this is the first one that does not include this feature. I love my iPhone, but turn the fanboy switch off.
     
  14. djrobsd macrumors 6502a

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    I know, it always blows me away how the fanboys write off all the shortcomings of the iPhone because they love their cute iphone or they love apple or whatever.

    The truth is, I love my iPhone, but these shortcomings need to be fixed ASAP or the phone is not functional for me.

    There is NO snooze on the iPhone calendar alarms, ONLY the alarm clock function which is supposed to "Wake you up" in the morning.

    I was referring to the CALENDAR ALARMS, not the alarm clock for those who are confused and insist that the iPhone does have snooze.

    DUH!
     
  15. MBHockey macrumors 68040

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    I'm not a fanboy, i've just ever owned a Blackberry (all my previous phones were cheapo phones you'd get for free to extend your contract) so I have never had an alarm that could start a phone from being completely off.

    Turn off your tool switches.
     
  16. clhs macrumors newbie

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    I love my iPhone but the fact I can't turn it off if an alarm is set (and the phone still sound the alarm at the chosen hour) is just a hideous irritation. Like most people on here, I've owned countless phones before that had this functionality.

    Does anyone know if this is the sort of thing we might expect to be corrected in future software updates?
     
  17. iVoid macrumors 65816

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    I have to wonder if these other phones are completely 'off' when they startup on an alarm. It almost sounds like they are in a low power sleep mode instead of 'off'.

    The only other option would be the clock has a way to keep track of alarm times and power up the phoen whne hte alarm time comes.
     
  18. Phil A. Moderator

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    I've had phones that do this and they annoyed the hell out of me - I very rarely turn my phone off and if I do it's because I want it off until I turn it back on.

    As a slight aside, what do you do in this situation if you turn your phone off before boarding a flight and an alarm goes off that turns your phone back on? I've been on flights that won't allow phones to be turned on at all, even in flight mode, and in those circumstances, I'd be pretty annoyed if my phone woke up and started sounding an alarm half way across the atlantic!

    Other similar areas of concern would be theatres, cinemas, etc, etc - when I turn my iPhone off in those places I know it will stay off, not turn itself back on and annoy people sitting next to me
     
  19. JoeDRC macrumors 6502

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    I can honestly say I've never had a phone thats able to turn itself on when I've set an alarm.
    I don't switch my phone off so its not an issue for me.
     
  20. clhs macrumors newbie

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    I never set my alarm for a time when I'd be on a flight, rather I want to be woken up at, say, 7:00am, which is when I'd set the alarm for.

    The other phones are definitely turned off properly, I've never really had a problem turning phones off to be honest. Those that I've had that have this function lacking in my iphone are the Blackberry Pearl, Nokia N95, Nokia N73, Samsung (not sure of the model, the one that looks like a calculator), the Nokia N70, the Nokia 6230... I've had 23 phones in ten years, byt the iPhone is the first one not to have this feature, annoyingly.
     
  21. clhs macrumors newbie

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    You have obviously never had a Nokia then.
     
  22. Trajectory macrumors 6502a

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    The iPhone has a "sleep" mode, which is like being turned off, but, not quite. So, the iPhone has three states: Off, Sleep, On.

    Do other smart phones have a sleep feature, too, or just On and Off?
     
  23. JamieJenkins macrumors newbie

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    With respect, that's almost certainly rubbish.
     
  24. applehappy macrumors regular

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    Your "mobiles" never actually turned off. iPhone has a sleep and an actual power down. If your alarm works, then it is not fully powered down. Why the heck does anyone want to power off the phone fully? If you have an alarm set, but don't want to recieve calls, then put it in airplane mode.

    Seems to me that some people just want what they understand as the norm instead of a more varient alternative i.e. this phone can sleep AND fully power down without removing the battery.

    Full disclosure - The alarm app could use some redesign. Surprised there aren't some apps for this. I once saw a mock up of an iPhone alarm that would require you to do a quick puzzle to get it to turn off.
     
  25. applehappy macrumors regular

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    get a clue. If your battery is in your nokia, it isn't off. As a matter of fact, your visible on the network if your battery is in, no matter what "state" you think your phone is in. iPhone is the only GSM phone I'm aware of that can truly power down with the battery installed.
     

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