Ringtone advertisements are everywhere these days. This is not surprising, given
the fact that everyone seems to have a cellphone. With such a ubiquitous device,
people want to personalize their cellphone to the best of their abilities. And
certainly, having any number of ringtones is a terrific way to do this.
And ringtones are definitely not the only way to customize a cellphone. People
can get wallpapers, or images that act as backgrounds for the display on their
device. With newer cellphones having faster processors, wireless games have also
become a popular addition to many cellphone models. So, now you can do lots more
with your cellphone. These devices are now often used as an expression of the
style and personality of the person that owns the cellphone.
many firms have jumped into the ringtone market hoping to capitalize on this
desire for self expression. Even the carriers themselves are now selling
ringtones to their subscribers. The carriers and many other companies use a
common business model for providing these ringtones - the user pays a fee of
around one and three dollars per ring tone in order to buy and download the
But some companies seem to offer free ringtones to consumers. The ads tell users
to enter their phone number and they will be able to download a bunch of free
ringtones. Is this the real deal? Well, yes and no.
Look carefully at the small print. In virtually all cases, by entering the phone
number you are also agreeing to sign up for a ringtone subscription plan that
costs around ten dollars per month. This subscription plan gives you some number
of credits to spend every month on ringtones and wallpapers. By signing up, yes
you do get some number of extra credits for some extra ringtones. So to some
extent these are free ringtones, but you only get the free ones by paying for a
fairly costly monthly service.
So what are the alternatives? There are some companies that provide software
tools that let you to create your own ringtones from your own set of CDs or MP3
files. A service like this will also let you use your own digital photos to
upload custom wallpapers for your phone. If you are computer savvy and are able
to spend some time doing this, then this can be a good option.
For people who are not willing to spend time making their own ringtones, there
are other services that give you unlimited ringtone downloads for a flat fee.
Usually these services are much cheaper than those services that deceptively
advertise free ringtones. So it usually is rewarding to research ringtone deals
fairly extensively before committing to a purchase.