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Mosquito Ringtone - The Secret Ringtone Adults Can't Hear

Oct 20, 2007
A ringtone is the sound made by a telephone to indicate an incoming call. The term, however, is most often used to refer to the customizable sounds available on wireless cell phones. This facility was originally provided so that people would be able to determine when their phone was ringing when in the company of other mobile phone owners.

Most people have become very choosy about their ringtones. They've become a personal accessory very similar to clothing and style. There are literally hundreds of thousands of different ringtones available.

One tone, however, is far more popular than all the others.

Without question, the mosquito ringtone is the most popular ringer ever. Good luck trying to find a teenager who hasn't already downloaded it to his cell phone!

Why is it so popular?

Because it's silent. Well, not exactly. But it may as well be.

The mosquito ringtone operates at a frequency that can only be heard by people under the age of about twenty. Most people lose the ability to hear this sound once they reach their early twenties.

The sound was originally developed by a British company to repel teenagers from loitering near businesses. The goal was to reduce incidents of vandalism, violence, and harassment by driving teens away before they could cause trouble.

The plan was to play the loud and obnoxious noise to disrupt groups of teenagers up to no good without disturbing the entire community.

Who would have guessed that the same teenagers that were supposed to be repelled by the sound would actually want it and start using it as a ringtone? Sometimes you just never know.

Instead of running scared, teenagers have turned the tables and learned to use the technology for themselves. Sitting in a quiet classroom, a student can now receive calls or text messages in silence, while the teacher will be unable to hear the tone and won't have the slightest idea a phone even went off.

However, when your phone "rings" everyone in the class is going to hear it and at least a few will be looking at you. The teacher will know that you've done something, and might even catch on to you having a silent ringer on your cell phone.

Of course, since the other students can still hear the sound, and some may complain since the sound is certainly not pleasant to those who can hear it. All things considered, it appears that clever teens have turned the tables on adults who attempted to control them, and to use the mosquito ringtone to their advantage against unwitting adults.

This obviously wasn't the intention of the company that developed the noise, but give them credit for creating the sound for the most popular ringer ever.
About the Author
Christine Sargaeant is a ringtone specialist. For more information about the secreet ringtone, please visit her site Mosquito Ringtone .
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