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What Are Cell Phone Ring Tones?

Dec 24, 2007
Most people--no matter the gender, the age group or the social strata to which they belong to-- possess at least one cell phone. And if you are like most people then you probably have ring tones for your cell phone. And if you are so tuned in to the latest in cell phone technology then you most probably have different ring tones for specific groups in your cell phone address book.

But the ring tones for your cell phone are not new at all. They are much like the ringing tone of the good old telephone when there is an incoming call. The cell phone craze has however made a new meaning out of ring tones and that is the customizable sounds to indicate an incoming call for your cell phone.

Even though setting your own ring tone can be a blast, it also serves a core role in life's everyday situations. If you were in a crowded room without being able to set your own ring tone and you heard a phone go off, you would immediately see 10 people reaching for their phone thinking it might be their phone.

Not many people know the origin of cell phone ring tones. It came about around 1998 with the help of a Finnish mobile operator Radiolinjia and an inventor named Vesa-Matti Paananen (say that 3 times fast!). Thanks to combination, people today can get custom ring tones for their personal cell phones for a small charge, and even sometimes free. While popular in the USA it is as popular if not more popular in Europe and Asia.

The ring tone craze has created an industry that continues to generate billions of dollars in revenues. Some mobile phone companies release new ring tones for their subscribers for a small charge. However, you can easily download ring tones from the Internet but be careful what you look for as you might be getting malwares.

Cell phone ring tones vary from the popular pop songs which have evolved into Real tones, customized ring tones or composer ring tones which can play animal sounds, baby coos or cries and other personalized sounds or the latest karaoke ring tone. You can also choose from a monophonic ring tone (common in old cell phones) or polyphonic tones (characterized by up to 72 tone types),

No matter if you use your cell phone for work or play you can make them more useful by assigning ring tones to everyone in your address book. This will make it easier for you to identify who is calling even before you look at the cell phones screen. Just keep in mind most phones still have the vibrating alert. Using this feature could save you some embarrassment in certain situations.
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James M. Crosswell writes about Internet Marketing among his other interests and finds it potentially profitable if not potentially curative. If you would like your own ring tones than you can get your own Ring Tones Here
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