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Ringback Tones For Cell Phones
Get ready for ringback tones. As a caller, when you dial a cell phone number - or a regular telephone for that matter, you typically hear the standard "ring-ring" until the phone is answered at the other end. That's been normal perhaps since the telephone was invented. But not much longer. [MORE...]
The list of available ringback services reads like a who's who of cell phone network carriers. From Verizon to Sprint to T-Mobile, and others in between, the ringback stands out as one of the hottest trends in mobile phone personalization.
Free ringback tones are highly sought after but rare. Unlike cell phone ringtones, ringbacks are not downloaded but reside on your mobile carrier's network, ready to be played instead of the outdated ring that your caller normally hears. It is free only if your carrier makes it so.
Movie ringback tones are striking up some familiar quips and tunes, perhaps from the latest hit movies or one of Hollywood's oldies but goodies. Now you can delight your callers with your favorite movie sound bite or the theme song to a box-office flick.
"Ringback tones have proven to be very popular, particularly top hits and those tracks that lend themselves well to the mobile environment," said Mikael Bäckström, general manager and VP of global services for Ericsson North America.
"Ringback tones have proven to be very popular, particularly top hits and those tracks that lend themselves well to the mobile environment," said Mikael Bäckström, general manager and VP of global services for Ericsson North America. The company distributes ringbacks from EMI's prestigious catalog of recorded music.
"Our agreement with Ericsson will allow music fans across the country to personalize their mobile experience even more with music from both current chart toppers and artists from EMI's legendary catalog," said Thomas Ryan, senior VP of mobile and digital business development at EMI Music North America.
"Ringbacks provide a great way to express oneself. It's a lot more fun to hear something like Blondie's 'Call Me', or Right Said Fred's 'I'm Too Sexy' than a boring ring."