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Thursday, December 17, 2009

When Good Cell Phone Ringtones Go Bad

By Dorthy Weatherbush

Does anybody remember a time back when the sound of the bell was the only ringtone around? The ringtone got its name from bells, because it's actually supposed to sound like a bell. In fact, the first telephones had built in bells inside of them, which remained this way up to the nineties. But a change of sorts has happened as of late. Is it something we want? Do we even like this change? These are very intriguing but legitimate questions.

With the coming of the digital age, digital sounds with the use of the speaker have replaced the bell. This innovation made the people aware of the fact that they have other choices other than the standard bell tone. This has led to people doing what they wanted with phones when it rang. The sound of Star Trek's telephone raising the red alert when it rings, comes in to mind.

That was the start of ringtones getting out of hand. If you think of it, they are just communication devices, right? Pretty soon people realized that these mobile devices were also capable of conveying joyous messages when they rang. Almost all the people alive today know what this actually led to.

Now instead of a ringing, you hear all kinds of things, from songs, to voice clips, and just about anything else you can imagine. Isn't it irritating to be sitting in a meeting at work, and suddenly your co-worker's phone rings, but instead of the standard ring it's the sound of someone passing gas? No, that's not quite acceptable, but the fact is, it's become a major part of our society.

Almost everyone has a mobile phone these days, and almost all of those people have assigned ludicrous ringtones, meaning that no matter where you go, you're going to hear it. So the question is, what should be done about it? There are only a few things that you can actually do to lessen this unwanted phenomenon. For instance, you could set your ringtone into the standard bell. This might set an example, and might make the person beside you fell a bit abashed when their own phone starts paying something downright ridiculous. In the end, as they say, is totally up to you.

If you are one of those who choose to have a ludicrous ringtone, you have all the right. Your phone can blast any noise that you see sit, just try to make sure that it isn't bothering those around you if you are able to help it. The question is, is it something that YOU want to hear?

Irritating ringtones will certainly stick around. The best thing that we can do is to sit back and watch. Set an example for others to see, they might come up with the same resolution as yours.

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