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Landline ringtones get personal.



For more than a century, you have heard the same ringtone The audible sound made by a telephone to announce that a call is coming in. The traditional ringtone was in the 440-480 Hz range, but as cellphone usage grew, it became obvious that ringtone differentiation would become important.  from your home phone. To see who is calling, you probably had to stop what you were doing and rush to your phone to check the Caller ID A telephone company service that sends the caller's telephone number between the first and second ring of the call. If the calling number is not blocked, the calling number is displayed on the handset or base station of the called party. . Portland, Ore.-based company Home Phone Tunes Inc. has developed Ringboxx that delivers custom music and audio content as ringtones for landline phones.

Use of electronics has become more prevalent, and personalizing home phone ringtones is another way to express individuality with electronics. As much as it is a fun feature, it also is a functional way to easily identify callers by sound. The ringtones make screening calls effortless. Assign number-specific ringtones or set the preference to silence and mute unwanted calls altogether.

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"Today, people can choose to play an entertaining selection of ringtones or personalize per·son·al·ize  
tr.v. per·son·al·ized, per·son·al·iz·ing, per·son·al·iz·es
1. To take (a general remark or characterization) in a personal manner.

2. To attribute human or personal qualities to; personify.
 ringtones to identify who is calling. There is no reason to dash to the phone to answer a call that you are not interested in receiving," said Kirk Cameron Kirk Thomas Cameron (born October 12, 1970) is an American actor, director, and Christian evangelist who is perhaps most notable for his role as "Mike Seaver" on the sitcom Growing Pains. , Home Phone Tunes CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board. .

Ringboxx is a compact device that users connect to their PC to download high-quality ringtones and then connect to their home phone. Ringtones can be purchased and updated as desired. Participating local telecommunications providers may offer it to subscribers for a small monthly fee or as part of a package of services. [www.homephonetunes.com]

By Jonah Arellano, NTCA NTCA National Telecommunications Cooperative Association
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Title Annotation:SHORTTakes
Author:Arellano, Jonah
Publication:Rural Telecommunications
Date:Sep 1, 2007
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