Lookin’ for Ringtones

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July 10, 2005 at 9:18 pm

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I got a new phone on Sunday afternoon, which is blog-worthy if for no other reason than it’s a larger financial outlay than we generally do without several days gestation to evaluate the purchase. Well, except for flying… and photography… and now, biking. Oh, hell…

Anyway, $219 for a 2-year contract and basic services — none of the recurring charge-based data services, which I can add later if I am so inclined.

My old phone’s death knell rang on Saturday night when I realized that, somehow, the phone had lost its tiny, screw-on antenna, rendering it nearly useless for sending or receiving calls. Its normally so-so reception was reduced to abysmal. Of course, the prudent and cost-effective choice would have been to scour the Net for a replacement antenna, but since we’d found ourselves in a Cingular store a couple months back wanting to upgrade our phones, this was the last straw.

Unfortunately, despite having purchased two identical phones at the same time and locale last year, Justin’s telephone is mysteriously not eligible for an upgrade until mid-October.

Not being eligible for an upgrade is a kind way of saying, “You can buy a new phone, but it’s going to COST YOU, on the order of $300+.

So, as seems to happen too often to my loving husband, Justin’s stuck with his cracked-LCD screen Fraken-phone for about three more months while I’m enjoying the joys of the .

Which leads me to the title of this entry — I am searching for a few good ringtones/ringtone sites/ringtone software. I see Google’s flooded with all manner of ringtone sites, many of which are atrociously designed and seem to exist merely as vehicles for Google AdSense and banner ads.

So, if you have any favorite ringtone sites, tools or so forth, do chime in.

I’m especially interested in music ringtones, and (showing my ignorance) am curious if MP3 is the format used.

I don’t have any accessories for the phone yet.

$219 was more than enough initially; the additional $50-99 for a Bluetooth headset or other gadgets will have to wait.

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July 11, 2005

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Wecome to High (read $$) Tech!

A li’l tip: you can cut an MP3 down to several hundred kb and send it to your phone.

Well you can as sopn as you have accessories. Does nothing in the house have Bluetooth?

July 11, 2005

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Justin’s got a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse.

Nothing on my computer (desktop or laptop) is currently Bluetooth-enabled.

July 14, 2005

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Update: I realized that since my old phone was identical to Justin’s, and didn’t (yet) have a cracked LCD screen, I could just put his SIM card and (non-missing) antenna on to my old phone, and he’d be good-to-go with at least a less hideous phone until October.

Update II: I have downloaded one music ringtone (for $2.49 — oh, the humanity!) so far.

Laugh if you must, but it’s the non-vocal chorus to Cyndi Lauper’s “Girl’s Just Wanna Have Fun”.

I wanted something upbeat and acceptable when played numerous times, so anything with vocals got ruled out with that criteria. That said, I’d kill for a music ringtone of Rachmaninoff’s “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini,” perhaps bettern known as “that music from the movie, Somewhere in Time.

July 12, 2006

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I was wondering if you ever had success with the last line on this page — getting a ringtone of “Somewhere in Time”.

I had the same thought and saw your comment was over a year old.

I’d also love that one.

July 12, 2006

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Never mind — I just found one

July 12, 2006

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I made my own ringtone using a commercial ($13 or so) application Motorola provides that allows you to convert any MP3 into a ringtone and save it on to your Motorola RAZR v3 phone.

I have the Somewhere in Time theme, as well as the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine theme and a couple others in use that I created this way.

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