A phone ringtone refers to sound effects and music that signals an incoming call. The main purpose of a phone ringtone is to tell the owner of the phone to pick up the call. A phone ringtone is stored in the phone memory, which the user can access via the phone gallery. According to some, the word "phone ringtone" is a misuse, because a phone ringtone does not only consist of tones. In advanced mobile phones, a phone ringtone may be an actual recording, song or other audio formats. A phone ringtone is different from a ringback, which refers to the ringing heard by the one who is calling.
The phone ringtone may be a monophonic tone, polyphonic tone or realtone. Older versions of mobile phones usually have monophonic tones as their phone ringtone. These are tones played one at a time. Polyphonic tones are a type of phone ringtone that allow simultaneous playing of more than one note. The use of realtones as a phone ringtone is the current trend. Realtones or truetones are real sound recordings, such as song clips, voice, and animal sounds. With these, finding a phone ringtone can be based purely on personal preference.
How does a phone ringtone work?
When a call goes through a phone line, a signal activates the phone ringtone. A ring sequence or cadence comes into play. As the phone ringtone plays, the user of the receiving phone is informed of an incoming call. A phone ringtone stops playing only when the call is picked up or dropped. While the factory settings of a phone has a phone ringtones collection to choose from, users may still get a phone ringtone by searching and downloading it from the Internet. A phone ringtone may also be sent as a text message or transferred using Bluetooth technology.
Why do you need a phone ringtone?
Without a phone ringtone, you will have difficulty finding out that someone is calling you. This will put you at risk of missing an important call. A phone ringtone also serves several other functions. Most people use their mobile phones as their alarm clock. Once the alarm goes off, the phone ringtone plays and wakes you up. Some phones allow users to set a different phone ringtone for the alarm clock, message alert, calendar and call alerts from caller groups. If your phone supports this function, you will distinctively know whether you are being alerted to a message, a task reminder or a particular caller.