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What is a Ring Tone? September 24, 2006

Posted by healthyself in 20 Hz, 90v, Blogroll, Cell phone industry, Cell phone safety, Cell Phones, Cordless Phones, Definitions, Electromagnetic Field, Electromagnetic waves, Electrosensitivity, Electrosmog, EMF's, Frequencies, Lifestyle, Mobile Music, mobile telephones, Music, Parenting, ringtones, Sound, Teenagers, Tone.
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A ring tone is the sound made by a telephone to indicate an incoming call. The term, however, is most often used to refer to the customisable sounds available on mobile phones. This facility was originally provided so that people would be able to determine when their phone was ringing when in the company of other mobile phone owners.

A phone only rings when a special “ringing signal” is sent to it. For regular telephones, the ringing signal is a 90-volt 20-hertz AC wave generated by the switch to which the telephone is connected. For mobile phones, the ringing signal is a specific radio-frequency signal.

On August 5, 2006, the BBC reported that “Free ringtones” was the eighth most likely search term to return links to malware.

         Malware is software designed to infiltrate or damage a computer system, without the owner’s     informed consent. There are disagreements about the etymology of the term itself, the primary uncertainty being whether it is a portmanteau word (of “malicious” and “software“) or simply composed of the prefix “mal-” and the morpheme “ware”. Malware references the intent of the creator, rather than any particular features. It includes computer viruses, worms, Trojan horses, spyware, adware, and other malicious and unwanted software. In law, malware is sometimes known as a computer contaminant, for instance in the legal codes of California, West Virginia, and several other U.S. states.Malware should not be confused with defective software, that is, software which has a legitimate purpose but contains harmful bugs.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malware
Whereas older telephones simply used a pair of bells for the ringer, modern ringtones have become extremely diverse, leading to phone personalization and customization.

Newer mobile phones allow the users to associate different ringtones for different phonebook entries. Many also allow users to create their own music tones, either with a “melody composer” or a sample/loop arranger…. Often these are native formats only available to one particular phone model or brand. However, other formats, such as MIDI or MP3, are often supported; they must be downloaded to the phone before they can be used as a normal ringtone. Commercial ringtones take advantage of this functionality, which has led to the success of the mobile music industry.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ringtone

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1. Thomasina - October 31, 2006

Lucy

Procrastination is the thief of time…


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