Ring Tone Nation
By Connie Yan
The only thing more annoying than
listening to someone gabbing on their cell phone is having to listen to their
Along with the growing popularity of cell phones came the emergence of
accessories, graphics and ring tones. A few years ago cell phones came equipped
with a basic phone ring and if you were lucky the "Star Spangled Banner." Today,
ring tones have become a multi-million dollar industry that has taken off among
college students with an extra $3.
Cingular.com offers Johnny Cash, Nelly, the UConn Huskies fight song, Green Day
and Howie Day to name a few. The tones vary with each phone, and average $3
With the average cell phone service averaging $35 a month, a few extra dollars
in a college student's budget may not be possible. Sam Pendergraph, a
4th-semester chemical engineering major, has the basic ring on his phone and
thinks "it's silly to pay for them."
Although many students feel ring tones are too costly, some feel they are a
"good way to express yourself," said Megan Stone, a 4th-semester individualized
Erin Andersen, a 4th-semester coaching administration major, said she tried
illegitimately downloading Howie Day ring tones off the internet, to save money.
"In the end, I realized it's just a lot easier to pay for them," she said.
Jamster and dirty hippo are a few of the companies that have made an industry
out of those willing to pay money for graphics, screen savers and ring tones
over the internet.
Jamster is perhaps the most obnoxious of the companies. Its ads can be found
anywhere from AIM pop-ups to commercials on TV.
"I'm so sick of ring tone commercials on TV," said Valerie Voorhees, a
6th-semester exercise science major.
Cell phone carriers such as Verizon and Cingular also sell ring tones and
wallpapers to their customers.
Although there is a large variety of places one can buy ring tones from, Justin
Clark, a 4th-semester political science major prefers Verizon.