Mobile phone ringtones and its types

By: Olivia Andrews

The term ringtone refers to the sound or music that a mobile phone makes. It can also be defined as the sound you hear when you are on the phone waiting for other person to pick up. With upcoming computer technology, today mobile phone ringtones have become even more sophisticated. There is variety of ringtones available and the reason is that people can differentiate between two or many ringtones while their mobile is ringing.

History of ringtones
Ringtones have become more widely used with increase in the use of mobile phones. So these relate to the history of mobile phones. Earlier, it was important for the operators in the telephone exchange who required the telephones to ring off. In the year 1997, some of the ringtones were downloaded by Nokia with the help of a system known as smart messaging system.

How ringtones work?
Ringtones solely depends upon the computing power of the mobile phone and is based on a common web language known as ringtone text transfer language (RTTL) developed by Nokia. Different mobile phones use different ringtone encoding format but mostly these are send to your mobile devices in the form of text messages.

Types of ringtones
There are mainly three types of ringtones namely, monophonic, polyphonic ringtones and true tones. Out of these, monophonic was the first and standard from of ringtone that used to be one sound or music that could be played at a single point of time. In the form of polyphonic ringtones, several notes could be played at once. Later, true tones, voice tones came into picture where you can customize your or your loved one's voice as per your likes and dislikes.

Today, ringtone has become an important part of economy because it is major source of income for the companies selling them. Moreover, music companies get huge royalties for selling these ringtones to the ringtone companies.

Future of ringtones
Ringtone is going to be an important part of the mobile phone technology in the near future also. It could happen that other technically advanced from of ringtones take place of the standard ringtone and any sound file is used as ringtone. Mobile phone rage comes to mind as a future concern. There should be some rules implemented so that use of irritating ringtones is prohibited in public places such as concert halls or cinema halls.

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