How to Get Cellphone Ringtones

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How to Get Cellphone Ringtones

Two beeps on your phone alert you of a message, and a ringing sound indicate an incoming phone call. While the tones do serve their purpose, almost every other person’s mobile phone has the same ringing and message alert tones as your phone. Conventional factory preset ringtones makes it confusing for you to know whose phone is ringing. Personalizing your ringtones makes it easier for you and other people around to you know that you have a new message or an incoming call. Here are some easy ways for you to get personalized ringtones for your cellphone.

Types of Ringtones

Before you personalize your ringtones, you need to know the tone configuration your phone uses. Not all mobile phones are built the same way; different phones use different tone configurations that depend on how technologically advanced the phone is:

  • Monophonic ringtones are ringing signals that alert you of an incoming call or message through a sequence of single tones on a limited pitch. Monophonic ringtones are typically found in older-generation ringtones, although modern next-generation phones still support monophonic tones.
  • Polyphonic ringtones are ringing signals that use a sequence of multiple tones at a time, with more variation in pitch compared to monophonic ringtones. Polyphonic ringtones typically use the MIDI format. Polyphonic ringtones are still supported by many mobile phone manufacturers, although the standard is now giving way to real tones.
  • Real tone technology is the most popular ringtone used today, especially for next-generation phones. Instead of monophonic and polyphonic tone sequences, real tone technology uses MP3, AAC, WMA, and other advanced sound formats to convert full songs, voices, and even video into ringtones for your mobile phones. Real tone technology is made possible with the addition of external memory storage devices like memory cards to cellphones.

Tone Composers

Tone composer software come preset with some phones. Using sounds from simulated musical instruments, your phone acts as a synthesizer where you can make simple MIDI files that serve as your unique ringtone. Some older-generation phones with monophonic ringtones also allow you to make monophonic tone sequences based on a limited number of tones with a limited octave and pitch. The length of the tone depends on the memory limit of the software and the free internal memory left in phone.

Free and Pay Tones

Many websites offer free or pay-per-download ringtones; these services account for many advertisements and ad placements on websites. Be very careful when clicking through these ads, because some of the sites may offer fake free offers or harbor viruses and malware that can infect your computer.

Many mobile service providers also offer a wide selection of free and pay ringtones. You can check the selections your provider offers by sending a short message service (SMS) or a text message to the provider’s hotline. When you download a ringtone, the cost of the ringtone will be reflected in your next billing statement.

MP3 and Voice Alert Tones

For next-generation phones with expanded internal memory or external memory, your options for personalized ringtones are expanded to include real tones. Real tones can be everything from your favorite songs, to videos, or even your own voice recording telling you that you have an incoming phone call or message:

  • MP3 is the most popular audio format used today. Many next-generation phones include built-in media players that make the phone act as a portable music player. Songs encoded in MP3 can also be used as ringtones for the phone using the tone settings.
  • Advanced Audio Coding (AAC) is an audio format that is poised to replace MP3 as the industry standard in digital music formats. AAC offers a higher audio quality audio than MP3 for smaller file sizes, although not all phones support it yet.
  • Windows Media Audio (WMA) is supported by phones that recognize Microsoft Windows, or software that support Microsoft Windows. WMA is the default media format you get when you rip an audio CD into digital music files through Windows Media Player.
  • Video is supported by some phones with multimedia support. Along with a ringtone, the screen will also show a short video clip that comes with the ringtone.
  • Voice alerts use an audio recording of your own voice as a ringtone. You can use the voice recorder function of your phone to record a message saying that you have a phone call or an incoming message.

You can get real tones through a USB cable connecting your phone to your computer, provided you have the support software for your phone installed on your hard drive. If your phone supports external memory (like SD or Flash memory), you can insert the card into a card reader and download songs from your hard drive to the external memory card. You can then configure your phone to use the song or the clip as a ringing or alert tone.

You don’t have to stick with the original factory-preset ringtones you already have on your phone. With personalized ringtones, you’re sure to know that it’s your call and it’s definitely your message.