How to Load and Create New Monophonic Ringtones
By Craig Thornburrow
Long gone are the days when incoming calls were indicated only by mechanical
bell ringing or annoying warbling electronic sounds. The portable cellular
phones of today are essentially mini computers and they are able to utilize a
portion of that processing power to generate interesting and attention grabbing
ringtones. Cell phone ringtones have come a long way, and modern phones are
capable of producing full spectrum digital sound.
Monophonic ringtones were the first ringtone technology to be universally
available on cellular phones. While more realistic cell phone audio technologies
have recently become available, monophonic ringtones are still popular due to
their relative simplicity and wide availability. This article will discuss
several ways to load and create your own monophonic ringtones.
Monophonic ringtones are simply sequences of individual notes played
successively; only two values are required to completely specify the tone--the
frequency (or pitch) and the duration. A number of simple languages have been
developed to describe monophonic ringtones. Probably the most popular of the
monophonic ringtones description languages is Ringing Tone Text Transfer
Language (RTTTL) developed by Nokia.
You can compose your own monophonic ringtones or download them for free or for a
fee from the internet. Regardless of how you obtain your monophonic ringtones,
they need to be loaded into your phone. There are three basic ways to load
monophonic ringtones, though the exact method will vary by phone. Be sure to
consult your phone's documentation for the exact procedures. Some phones allow
you to load tones using a data cable or infrared link. Some cell phones can load
monophonic ringtones that are sent via Short Message Service (SMS) messaging. A
simple but laborious way to load monophonic ringtones is to key them in directly
if the phone features some sort of composer service.
Monophonic ringtones are still popular despite their simplicity when compared
with some of the other ringtone technologies available. Their ease of use and
almost universal availability make monophonic ringtones a popular choice for
many cellular phone users.
Ringtones are available for download from a wide variety of online web sites and
are typically free or, more usually, available for a small fee.