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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Customised ring tones are very popular today, especially with our younger customers.
This week 40 animal and bird sound noises are being made available for mobile-phone users to download as ring tones in place of the usual snatches of tortured pop music.
The site currently features an address book section where users can back up their cell phone address book contacts and easily restore them to a new handset in case they lose, damage or change their cell phones, a wireless content section with popular ring tones and wallpapers for order, and a member content section with free ring tones and pictures other members have uploaded.
New voice-memo application, which can be used to create custom ring tones, add voice annotations to photos or simply record a memo;
He pioneered ring tones in the UK and now works with worldwide names like Nokia, the BBC, Emap, Disney and Barclays.
has introduced credit-card sized promotional cards featuring free ring tones.
That would leave the West free to start a new idea - The Eurovision Mobile Ring Tone Love Nest Contest.
Industry analysts estimate that Americans will spend hundreds of millions of dollars on ring tones in the next several years.
Well, listen up cell phone users and those feeling used by cell phones, you're gonna have to face it - you're either addicted to ring tones or maybe, just maybe, feeling like you're going to explode the next time you hear a siren coming out of it.
The chaku uta service, introduced in 2002, allows subscribers to download portions of songs for ring tones.
TONEFINDER allows users to search, select and download ring tones using their voice.
IDC says it believes the mobile consumer applications market, which includes gaming, ring tones, video, and music, will be worth just under $8 billion (pounds 4.