Which camp do you belong to – the one that changes ringtones every month, or the one that doesn’t bother to change the one that came straight out of the box? Listening to phones going off in restaurants, malls, and cinemas, Nokia’s default tone is the one that I hear most often. I suspect navigation is the factor people find daunting. Experimentation, for the vast majority, is unnecessary.
For some, it is a problem to make out that the phone is ringing when they hear a film song. Phones should sound like phones, otherwise, they may be mistaken for the radio. That’s why one of the default ringtones is the shrill ‘old phone’.’ No doubts about that one. It’s the young who go through the bother of setting different ringtones for their close friends. Or the ones who want to know the boss is calling even before they look at the screen. Callback tones are a giveaway as to the musical preferences of the user. I’ve seen finance professionals who have the hideous ‘baby laugh’ ringtone. It’s great to have wacky ringtones in college for a laugh but having it go off in the middle of a conference is almost like farting in public.
If you are interested in experimenting, Zedge is a good place to start. Everything from blues to reggae to pop to instrumental is available for downloads, for free. The choice is astounding – and this is just on one site. The other surprising fact is the money generated by selling tones – According to some estimates a declining market of over $500 million, from a peak of $4 billion in 2004.. That’s a lot for an innovation that merely changes the sound of your phone ringing.
Me? I have a ringtown downloaded from Zedge. All I want is to know that it’s my phone ringing. Not several people going for their pockets at the same time.