When you purchase a cell phone, the phone is pre-loaded with ring tones from the manufacturer. Sometimes you would rather have, for example, an actual song, instead of simulated music. You then find yourself wondering where you can get different call tones. There are several sites on the internet that offer free tones.
Myxer.com is a website where you can get not only free call tones, but pictures, wallpapers, and even videos. Myxer is created by other users who upload files onto the site. You have the option of signing up for an account, which is free as well, but not required. If you do sign up, your account stores information about your phone so you don't have to fill out the form every time you want to send something to your phone.
This site also lets you search individually for musical artist; for example, Green Day. You just put your search term in the search box, choose Ringtones from the drop-down box, and click Go. Finding the song you want may take some time, as different users upload different songs. A helpful hint to know when searching for tones on this site is that you can distinguish ring tones from other files, as the ring tones have a little black speaker on the bottom right corner of the icon that links to the preview of the file.
Make Your Own Ring Tone
This option allows you to choose literally any song or sound file you want and send it to your phone. You aren't limited to what song you want, because you get to choose it, not pick from a list others have created. One site to do this at is ToneBee.com. You have to create an account to access this site, but this is free as well.
This website walks you through three simple steps to get the ring tone from your computer to your phone. Browse your computer and choose the MP3 file you want, upload the file, select the portion of the sound file you want, and send it to your phone.
Be Wary of Free Call Tone Websites
Some websites claim to offer free ring tones, but in fine print somewhere on the website it tells you that you are accepting a subscription by sending a tone to your phone without you really ever knowing until you receive the tone. Sometimes these so-called "free websites" lets you have one free ring tone, but then any additional sent costs money. Also, another way a site gets you is by spamming your phone with advertisements. These are often found in text messages with ads being sent to your phone randomly.
Always be sure to fully review the sites you visit, read through them thoroughly, and check the frequently asked questions area if the site has one. Follow your instincts; if the site sounds too good to be true then it probably is.
Lastly, check with your phone company to see what their text messaging rates are. If you are already familiar with the rates, it will also be helpful to check with them anyway as internet browsing rates may apply to certain sites and phones when downloading ring tones.