|Clueless (by Josh Lovstad, Mar 2nd, 2009)
how do you download these?
|Horrific laughter! (by forestgum, Jul 18th, 2007)
That laughter sounds too horrific, really scares me:((
|Impressive (by nautin, Jul 12th, 2007)
He has an impressive laugh!
|Satan laughing (by billyoung, Jul 11th, 2007)
It's not funny. I am so scared.
By Paul Trueman
I have no problem travelling in a train carriage full of drones with phones,
even if they are all shouting "I've just got on the train" to their loved ones.
But I never thought I would get used to people's "unique" ring tones. Get a few
twentysomethings with their own ring tones, and a train ride can be more like a
theme tune reunion for crap 70s and 80s TV.
On the other hand, there is be nothing more annoying than having to rifle
through one's bag before realising that there are seven other people going
through their pockets for phones with identical ring tones. Which is when the
prospect of being the only person whose phone plays the Robin's Nest theme tune
suddenly becomes more attractive.
It appears I am not the only one either. Latest figures indicate that 64% of us
own a mobile, with more keen to personalise them and internet sites only too
happy to let us. Many products may be ill-suited to being sold online - just ask
any of the e-tailers going bust every day - but ring tones are a booming
industry, with hundreds of thousands sold every day over the internet. This
figure is even more impressive given that not every mobile phone can receive and
play custom-made ring tones.
Delivered by SMS text message that the phone translates into music, it is
possible that your phone can't read the SMS message in the right way. If your
phone can accept ring tones as SMS messages - and Nokia owners are by far the
best catered for - it is an easy transaction. All you need to give the website
is your credit card number and the phone number, so it can be beamed through.
Nokia is so keen to expand its ring-tone business that it has signed deals with
record companies such as EMI to rifle through their back catalogues in search of
more tunes. The record companies are laughing as the royalty collection
companies collect a fee for every tune sold by every tone retailer at
Cheesy pop stars such as the Venga Boys (popular with "the youth") previewed
their single Cheeka Bow Wow in October as a ring tone first on the
www.ringtones.com site. The ring-tone site is typical of most in that its tunes
are only compatible with Nokia phones, but it also offers visual customisation
of the phone, letting you buy and send pixillated works of art.
You could also try www. tones4fones.com/ , as it offers a decent store from
which to buy tunes from the past 40 years. Fancy the theme tune to the ill-fated
70s space opera Battlestar Galactica or the Ben Elton-penned Young Ones belting
out of your phone next time it rings? Both can be yours for £3 a pop. Or try
www.boltblue.com/product/fun.htm - a good site offering tunes, horoscopes and
even jokes, all for the cost of a text message.
Advertisers seem to have latched on to mobile phones as a badge of youth, what
with the recent "pay as you go" ads, which had us believing that pill-happy
clubbers chat about their call rates while queuing for a night's hedonism, but
if you visit the ring-tone dealers, the most popular tunes are the current club
classics - so they might be on to something. If you want your finger (and phone)
firmly on the pulsing nub of youth, try www.ministryofsound.com/music/ring_tones
. The South London superclub lets you download the latest tunes. These
repetitive, beat-based ditties are not even in the charts yet and you can snap
up five dancefloor monsters for a tenner if you're quick.
If you are not keen on paying, you will be pleased to learn that the old
internet maxim applies: someone, somewhere, will be offering it free. And so it
proves, with www.tonez.co.uk. In fact, Tonez pays people to design certain
sought-after tunes, so if you fancy yourself as a dab hand at adapting the tunes
of popular beat combos into annoyingly tune-free ring tones, you could be on to
a nice little earner.
If you don't have a Nokia phone but want a ring tone, try www.mobilemelodies.com,
which caters for Ericsson, Siemens and, of course, Nokia. If you go into the
Ericsson section of the site and click on the Links link, there is a treasure
trove of links to all manner of highly dubious-looking sites, all displayed
within frames from the Mobilemelodies site, such as "How to use GSM network
without paying"! Fascinating reading - check it out before the lawyers do.
A good guide to getting started can be found at www. iobox.com/iobox . The site,
which specialises in mobile phone services, has a downloadable SMS Guide in "pdf"
format, which explains all you need to know about downloading information to
your phone. You'll need Adobe Acrobat Reader to read the file, but this can be
downloaded free from www.adobe.co.uk/products/acrobat/readstep.html . What's
more, if you register on the site you can create your own ring tones for
Ericsson, Sagem and Nokia phones. Now that is a sure way to personalise your