Not only are phones free of the cords that bound them to a residence, now they are also free from the standard boring ringing of the past. There is hardly a reason to have a cell phone if it is not filled with the latest ringtones. After all, who does not love hearing their purse or pocket burst into song in a crowded department store?
The problem with ringtones is the added expense. Paying a cell phone bill can be expensive enough without paying for add-ons.
Ringtones average two dollars each for a small segment of a favorite song. There are ways to get ringtones without paying the fee. As with anything else that is offered for free (particularly online), one should always exercise caution.
One way for companies to offer something for free and still turn a profit is to have advertisers pay the bills. Advertisers pay companies to display their ads or to draw traffic to their website. These companies then offer products for free (the product is paid for by the advertiser) to the consumer. Ringtones are just one of the many products being offered for free due to ad revenue.
A few websites offering free ad-sponsored ringtones are Cellware, Phone Zoo and Free Ringtone Locker. Phone Zoo goes a step further and offers an online community where subscribers can download ready-made ringtones or make their own ringtone to share with the community.
Trial memberships to ringtone websites are a way to see what ringtones a site offers, how easy the site is to navigate and how long the downloads take. Many free trials require credit card information. Carefully read the terms of service for any website that requires bank or credit card information. These sites may (and often do) reserve the right to charge a debit to the card after the free trial is over. It is important to pay close attention to the dates of free trials.
Two websites offering free trials are Ring Tone Ghetto and Soft32.com.
The cliche that "if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is" is never more true than when it is applied to free offers on the internet. Always thoroughly read the fine print in terms of service agreements before any information is exchanged or any software is downloaded.
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