US Cellular Ringtone
by Brian Honeycutt
The Cellular Ringtone Craze in the US Today
One of the biggest items on the Internet today is the US cellular ringtone. Americans have about as many, if not more, cell phones as any other nation in the world. Almost every American person has some kind of Internet access too. So it’s no surprise to see that we’re going in droves to Internet sites that sell ringtones for our cellular phones. There are even entire message boards designed for the discussion of customizable mobile technology. Here people shares information about the latest ringtones, conversion programs, and mobile technology.
If you are curious as to what exactly a US cellular ringtone is, it is simply a ringtone that is designed for cell phone users in the United States. This means that the ringtone will be cheaper than a ringtone offered for or from another country. WebPages offering US cellular ringtones also generally carry the ringtones that are currently the most popular in the US. Right now that means a lot of the songs you hear on the radio and MTV’s TRL. However, don’t despair if mainstream music isn’t your thing: there are a couple of programs, such as ToneThis, that let you convert your MP3 files to ringtones for an initial fee.
There are already a large amount of available songs and sounds that you can use for your US cellular ringtone. Movie themes, police sirens, the latest hip-hop singles, and people yelling at you to answer your phone are all commonly found on people’s cell phones these days. Ringtones have become an enormous industry in themselves in Western society. The companies selling the ringtones receive money when you purchase them online. Music companies and artists also receive royalties when their song is used for your US cellular ringtone. Ringtones typically cost between 2-3 dollars, so if you multiply that by the more than 300 million phones said to sell worldwide, that’s a pretty fat chunk of change.
Some ringtones come free of charge. Just because a lot of money is being made on ringtones doesn’t mean you necessarily have to pay for them. You can find some sites which will offer a couple of free songs you can use for your US cellular ringtone. Of course, your phone already comes with a few good ringtones you can use. A lack of money shouldn’t prevent you from owning at least one US cellular ringtone.
Not everybody is happy about these sometimes loud ringtones, however. Some people consider the sudden outbursts of music and personalized sounds to be a nuisance at best and obnoxious and irritating at worst. In fact, some Australian companies have begun to dole out fines for ringtones that sound during meetings. Probably they feel that your US cellular ringtone is best left as a standard, non-obtrusive ringing sound. Of course, it’s sometimes easy to forget that the original purpose of the ringtone is simply to alert the phone’s owner of an incoming call. However, in the US this generally isn’t a problem. Perhaps other countries see the customized ringtone as annoying, but most people in the US seem to like the idea.
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