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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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Known as polyphonic ringtones, the sounds that emanate from cell phones are rather primitive when compared with a conventional stereo system.
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Monstermob,who sell polyphonic ringtones, java games and colour wallpapers, said the acquisition of 9Squared was a step towards becoming the world's leading mobile content provider.
Full colour screens, the ability to play top-quality Java games, and polyphonic ringtones are all standard features now, so the makers are having to make sleeker phones that really pack a punch to set them aside from the crowd.
This sleek phone sounds as good as it looks, with fabulous polyphonic ringtones and a compact design.
Polyphonic ringtones can only be sent to phones configured for WAP services.
The new dualband GSM 900/1800 phone combines a large colour screen, Java and Bluetooth technology, polyphonic ringtones and fast GPRS connection to provide more compelling gaming experiences, according to the company.
It also features an organiser, a proprietary sound composer and messenger, and polyphonic ringtones.
Realtone ringtones are displacing polyphonic ringtones in all regional markets.
It also comes with speakerphone, 64 polyphonic ringtones and stereo headset.
The phone offers colour displays, caller ID, storage for up to 100 address book entries, polyphonic ringtones and support for mute, hold, redial and text messaging.
Subscribers are able to buy polyphonic ringtones of songs and can access text descriptions of the bands and the music.