Mobile phones play a very important role in modern communication industry. In fact, there are individuals who would even consider the cell phones to be a necessity to their daily lives. But the cell phone does not just work properly on its own. It still has to have a way it can communicate to the user for the puzzle to be complete. Setting it in silent mode is sometimes of no benefit to you, the user. There are forms one can set the cell phone to alert them, and the three basic ones are vibration, use of ringtones and the screen lighting alert, depending on your type of phone.

Ringtones are considered the oldest and still the most efficient form of call alert. As compared to other forms, they come in different styles and types. Developments in the ringtone technology have seen even songs and videos set as ringtones. The current and latest version of this is the iPhone ringtones. These are tunes used for the iPhones and come in the m4r format. Initially, cell phones had only the inbuilt monotonic ringtones. Today, in addition to this, we have the polyphonic and true tunes. Ringtones improve with technology.

Unlike the vibration and be screen light alert, ringtones give you a wide range of options to choose from. From the traditional monotonic tunes to the current iPhone ringtones, there is always something for every phone and phone user. There is the mp3 format, the m4r, the video formats that can be edited, and even today, one can create and customize their own ringtones.

Ringtones are easy to set and use. Apart from this, they are easily available with most of them online from certain websites depending on your type of cell phone. Mostly the phone will come with a manual on how to use the tunes, but still then, for those available online, there are detailed steps on how to access and use them. Some are very entertaining to listen to, hence adding more life to your cell phone.

The economy also benefits in that there are those companies that sell ringtones. This in turn creates employment and generates revenue.

But there is also the other side of ringtones and as much as we like them, they can be of negative impact too. First, they can at times be very noisy and a nuisance, especially when set in high volumes. Take a case like cell phone ringing during a board meeting. In such instances, they distract attention and it is normally a very annoying thing. In fact, there are countries like Australia where workplaces have instituted fines for ringtones that sound during meetings.

Certain combinations of pitches and tones are also believed to be harmful to the brain and the ear at large. There are claims that ringtones could even cause tinnitus.