ringtone


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ringtone

The audible sound made by a telephone to announce that a call is coming in. The traditional ringtone was in the 440-480 Hz range, but as cellphone usage grew, it became obvious that ringtone differentiation would become important. Modern cellphones support a wide frequency range that allows for several bars of music to be played. Phones come with a selection of built-in ringtones and accept new ones from one or more ringtone services that are downloaded for a fee. Ringtones have become a fad, providing another mode of self-expression.

MP3 has become popular as a ringtone format because it supports voice. MIDI and Nokia's RTTTL (Ringing Tones Text Transfer Language) formats are used, but for music only. Depending on the phone and format, ringtones can be sent via text messages (SMS), but there is no standard for ringtone transfer for all phones and services. See moantone and Mosquitotone.
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Here we have a large collection of ringtones and wallpapers for you to download wallpapers and set ringtones for free.
Once the app is downloaded users will have the collection of top ringtones in their devices.
A time has reached now that you can even identify the personality and character of the person according to the ringtone he uses.
The Weyak-Vringo service is available to all Etisalat customers via a monthly subscription that delivers access to Vringo's video ringtone application, its library of over 1000 video ringtones in more than one category such as comedy, animation, sports and premium local content for the Middle Eastern market from partners like Nojoom, Melody and more.
Today, people can choose to play an entertaining selection of ringtones or personalize ringtones to identify who is calling.
If a ringtone is marked copyrighted, only the user who created it can use it.
Ringtones began as a novel way for cellular phone users to personalize their incoming calls, but they have rapidly grown into a huge cash generator for musicians and mobile operators seeking to boost revenues.
According to data from the music publisher BMI Group, ringtone sales were more than $500 million last year in the United States and should reach $600 million this year.
Three quarters of respondents expressed concern over the hidden costs of buying ringtones, 58% worried about being tied into a ringtone club and 36% said they had been ripped off at least once by a ringtone provider.
In order to rectify this anomaly, record companies started cutting a section from an actual track and selling it as a ringtone.
The loophole could be costing ringtone retailers more than EUR50m a year, QPass said.
He recently downloaded the track from a CD using Motorola's Mobile Phone Tools, a software program that is popular among his circle of friends because it allows them to create their own ringtones.