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Where can I get a free ring tone?

Learn how to obtain and use free ring tones for mobile phones.

Downloading free ring tones can personalize a mobile phone. [©Jupiter Images, 2009]
©Jupiter Images, 2009
Downloading free ring tones can personalize a mobile phone.

So you're sick of hearing "Beethoven's 5th Symphony" every time someone calls you? If you've had enough of tired, old ring tones, you've come to the right place. On this page, you'll find information about ring tones -- where to get them, how to get them and even how to make your own. And if you don't want to pay for a new ring, we've got some tips on creating your own or finding free ring tones.

Searching for Ring Tones

When searching for a free ring tone, you may want to try looking for a Web site that allows people to create and upload their own ring tones. You can either make your own or download someone else's for free. But if you find a site that advertises free ring tones, be careful. Most of them only give you "free" ring tones after you've signed up for a monthly subscription. And if you think you're safe because you haven't entered a credit card number, you're wrong. All they need to find and charge you is your phone number. Once you've entered the PIN, you're signed up.

Downloading Ring Tones

Most Web sites that offer ring tones provide download instructions. Your cell phone carrier or manufacturer's Web site is another good source for download assistance. For instance, if your provider is Verizon, you can visit the company's Ring Tones FAQs Web site for answers about downloading, including a list of ring tone-compatible phones.

Ring Tone Makers

Myxer is a popular Web site that allows you to create your own ring tone and upload it to the site. You can also find software that enables you to upload sound files, edit them and export them to your phone. The Ringtone Maker lets you download of one of the most popular ring tone software packages, MAGIX Ringtone Maker, for free.

Using Ring Tones

Free ring tone makers are available online. Some of them, like Make Own Ringtone, allow you to use your mp3s to create a ring tone for your phone. Just upload your song, edit it on the site, and send it to your phone. You can also download ring tone makers, like a trial version of The Ringtone Maker 3.4.

Ring Tone Web sites

MIDI Delight offers free musical instrument digital interface (MIDI) file downloads. For polyphonic and monophonic songs, try Cool Free RingtonesPhonezoo is another site that provides free ring tones when you sign up for its subscription service. Before you start selecting music, make sure to check the site for compatibility with your phone and provider. Also, find out whether the site is outside the United States and whether you'll be able to access its ringtones.

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