Saturday, January 20, 2007

Ring tones

My Christmas present to the family was new phones. Since I wanted to simplify things I decided to get the same model for everyone - Motorola Razr V3M's from Verizon. We've been with Verizon for 3 years but I dislike they way they remove features from the phones in order to sell more of their own. I was tempted to change services but the wife has a friend who is a Verizon user and they talk alot so we stayed.

A couple of days ago I got a email from Verizon offering a free download of the music manager software. Ok - at least I could put some Windows Media music on the phone to listen to when I didn't have my iPod. So I started thinking - how could I put a mp3 ring tone on using the Verizon software?

Well - you can't. But thanks to the wonders of the Google search engine I came across the AfterDawn forums and some decent instructions for making a mp3 ring tone on a Verizon V3M. Using iTunes to convert a couple of songs to mp3 (O.C. Supertones - Unite and Barlow Girl's Grey) I downloaded Audacity and the Lame MP3 encoder to edit the mp3 files. Followed the instructions from AfterDawn and now when someone from home calls my cell I get the opening horns from Unite. If Thing1 calls I get Grey - as it's his favorite color.

While this works it's way more hassle than it should have been. I guess when the Verizon contract expires we'll look for a carrier that doesn't muck with the phones so much.

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