Three Types of Ringtones By Alex Fir A ringtone is a sound file that is
played by a cellular or a mobile phone. The purpose of ringtones is to give a
unique ring to a cell phone so that it can be distinguished in an environment
that has lots of cell phone users.
These ringtones are normally melodious in nature and are played to convey an
incoming call or a message. They can be better personalized to suit ones tastes.
Ringtones are the easiest way to personalize a cell phone. Many new cell phone
models have features that allow users to create their own ringtones.
There are many companies that make and sell ringtones, generally through
websites. The sale of ringtones has not only boosted the mobile phone sales but
also the bottom lines of recording companies as a way earning of royalties.
There are three distinct types of ringtones: monophonic ringtones, polyphonic
ringtones and music ringtones.
Monophonic cell phone ringtones are very simple and are compatible with most of
the mobile phones in use. It comprises of a series of sequential tones at
Polyphonic ringtones can be played on mobile phones which are capable of playing
16 tones simultaneously. The combination of these tones creates a harmonic
melody. Polyphonic ringtones are more musical and carry better presence than a
monophonic ringtone. New advanced mobile phones support polyphonic ringtones.
Music ringtones are often referred to as voice tones, realtones or true tones.
They use original pieces of music along with lyrics, exactly as the original
recording. The format is usually MP3, WAV, WMA, etc This feature and support for
music ringtones is being built into most new models of almost all
You can find many websites that offer free ringtones which can be downloaded
directly to your mobile phone. Paid websites allow subscriptions or charge on a
per ringtone basis. Before you opt for downloading a ringtone, ensure that the
ringtone will work on your mobile phone model. You should also check whether the
website has rights of distribution for the ringtone, since the maker is supposed
to receive royalty for use of the ringtone.