|Delightful! (by forestgum, Jul 15th, 2007)
This is really a delightful voice! Must get it now.
|Interesting (by nautin, Jul 13th, 2007)
It is so interesting! I like it!
|Troube gum (by billyoung, Jul 11th, 2007)
This ringtone is very special and so funny . I love it.
|Good (by kitty, Jul 5th, 2007)
Good enough for me. Will listen wit my bf
Ringtones Often A Quick Way To Dial Up Trouble
by Kirstin Cole
Downloading ringtones is a $2 billion business in the U.S., but consumer
advocates are now saying when you sign on for some services, you may be dialing
up more than you bargained for. It could cost you without you even realizing it.
With all the options out there nowadays, jazzing up a cell phone is easy. An
online ad recently caught Alan Coughlin's eye.
"It told me to enter my phone number, and I'd receive a free ringtone. I did so,
and my phone rang a minute later with the new ringtone on it," Coughlin said.
The new tune was music to Coughlin's ears until a mysterious fee appeared on his
"I never purchased anything in my mind," Coughlin said.
Alan unknowingly signed up for a ringtone service. Consumer advocate Michael
Shames said new online ads, e-mails, and cell phone text messages are luring
But once you accept that freebie ... "You're automatically charged and signed up
for a subscripted service," Shames said.
Shames also said the information is all in the fine print.
For Coughlin, it was a double whammy. He's also angry the charge showed up on
his cell bill, but that's a common industry practice. Content providers and
carriers often partner, giving customers more options for downloads, and the
cell company does the billing, Shames said.
"The phone company will then give a portion of that charge to that third party
company and will keep a portion," he said.
Providers claim it's a matter of convenience, but advocates like Shames said
it's ringing up headaches for consumers.
"We've seen a rather dramatic rise in the number of complaints about customers
being unable to get these ringtone charges off their bills," he said.
Domingo Garcia said he got the run around from his cell company when trying to
get charges from a content provider removed.
"They said it was between us and a third party. So we wanted to know who's this
third party that's charging us, and they couldn't tell us," Garcia said.
Shames said even if they do give you the company's name that may not be enough.