By the way, you’ve surely learned (possibly the hard way) about the iPhone alarm glitch by now, and that the alarm stopped working after the year changed. Apple says you should set the alarm to “recurring” and that the problem would end today, but, apparently, the alarm isn’t working today for a lot of users either. Some people say resetting the alarm or rebooting the phone fixes the problem, but that isn’t working for everyone.
Another solution is to use a different alarm app. Mashable has a list of five free alarm apps that ARE working, including Nightstand Central Free, Clock Pro Free, Theme Clock Alarm, Alarm Tunes Lite, and iClock Free. There are paid alternatives, too, but these appear to be working.
And there’s my solution: A Sony dedicated old-fashioned alarm clock radio I bought about 15 years ago for under ten bucks. Works like a charm. I can’t carry it around in my pocket and it doesn’t make calls, but I just need it to wake me up, and it does that just fine. (Yeah, I know, I know, the iPhone alarm is great and you use it for travel and all that. I know. But you DO have alternatives until Apple gets around to a real fix for the problem)