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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.
Leading brands of consumer goods have also joined the bandwagon by giving ad jingles free of cost to young customers as ringtones.
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.
Use of electronics has become more prevalent, and personalizing home phone ringtones is another way to express individuality with electronics.
Since opening for business in mid-November, Phonezoo has twice as many ringtones in its online archives as the next-largest ringtone provider.
Our 200,000 titles include full-track music, ringtones, games, and jokes," says Irvin.
The big cell phone companies in the United States--Verizon, Sprint, NexTel, Cingular and T-Mobile--have somewhat of a monopoly over the sale of ringtones, making it difficult for users to create their own.
The poll, conducted by ringtone software developer Xingtone, found that 85% of female respondents download ringtones on a regular basis, in comparison to 60% of male respondents.
Ide attributed the popularity of ringtones to the ease with which customers can be invoiced (via monthly mobile phone bills) and the fact that younger music fans may not have access to a computer or credit card, but almost certainly have a mobile phone.
Once downloaded, the ringtones can be transferred to a handset through a direct cable connection, on a memory card or via Bluetooth short-range radio technology, reported the BBC.