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Mobile phone ringtones and its types

Know the Different Types of Ringtone, and What Suits you Best

Strictly by definition, a ring tone is the sound created by a mobile phone to designate an incoming call or text message to a specific contact name on one’s mobile phone. The term is actually a misnomer, which means an incorrect or unsuitable name, as this term is used to indicate any ring sound, but, these are not really tones. The term is used to refer to customized sounds used on mobile phones.

The reason why ring tones are so widely known these days is because of the mobile phone’s capability to assign a specific tone to a contact name. If a specific tone is heard, the user would immediately be alerted of who the caller is.

Did you know that there are three types of ring tones?

These ring tone types refer to the tones that are heard or played. We have the monophonic tone, polyphonic and the more recent, mp3 tones.

If you have gone through the older phone models, you would remember those times when do-re-mi are the most commonly heard tones from phones. Then the polyphone ring tone emerged. This type of ring tone sounded more realistic and closer to the real thing, which means closer to what music actually sounds like on the radio, or cds. These polyphonic tones would have more tones, sound longer, as they do not strictly stick to notes, per se, as monotones do.

Currently, we now have the mp3 ring tones. These are the exact song in itself that are downloaded to the phone, or saved on the phone’s memory, and are allowed to be assigned as the phone’s ring type. Because of modern technology, one can even assign a specific mp3 tone for an individual, making it more personalized so you would know who is calling, by the ring tone assigned to that contact.

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