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Some Alltel customers see phones jump hour ahead, not back

LITTLE ROCK (AP) - As most of the country moved their clocks an hour back today, some Alltel customers saw their cellular phone clocks jump forward an hour instead.

Alltel spokesman Andrew Moreau says the glitch affected some customers in Little Rock, Panama City and Tallahassee, Florida, Charlotte and Raleigh, North Carolina, and Richmond, Virginia.

He says those using phones operating on the carrier's high-speed EVDO wireless network experienced the jump ahead.

Moreau says the problem rested with the switches that handle calls or send new software to the cellular phones. He says workers were still examining the problem.

Cellular towers provide the time to the phones. Moreau says customers likely would see the time correct itself by placing a call or turning their phone off and back on again.

Most Americans saw standard time return at 2 a.m. today.

Before this, the loss of the daylight-saving hour came a week before.

A 2005 federal law that sought to save energy by shifting more natural light to the evening hours moved the time change back a week starting this year.

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