Nextel users can browse the Nextel Media center (as found in connection with Sprint) for the latest and greatest “ringers”. The website always you to browse by category or artist as well as by what is new and what is featured. You can get anything from music to BlingTones to Famous Voices and Sound Effects. My personal favourite is a clip from American Dad declaring that French Toast is smelly and ungrateful where as American toast is great. Ringers such as this can be purchased for $2.50.
Of course, the Bling Tones is a category set aside for artists such as Sean Paul and Cutty Ranks. There are further sub categories to narrow your search by, such as Rep You Hood, Barrio Music, Brand New Bling, Rhythm and Rhymes, Gansta Beats, Reggae Riddums and Mixtape Madness.
Sometime to be remembered, and is stressed on the website, is that the products (as in the ring tones) may not be compatible with your cell phone. Basically, pay close attention so that you don’t get completely crushed by finding the song you want in a format your phone can’t handle. You can search for your phone and then the site will tell you what tones will run on your phone.
The best thing about this site is that you can preview all the ring tones and they don’t take forever to download or buffer. All the tones I sampled where clear and of good quality, which is a must for an audiophile, even if the sound is just being played to tell you to answer your phone.
However, a lot of the Famous Voices that I previewed really didn’t seem to be ring tone material. If I heard them randomly going off from my purse, I won’t think to answer the phone – I would think that I was being bugged or on an episode of candid camera.
This site has specialized Call Tones – tones your callers listen to when calling you – in categories such as For Your Guy and Who’s Calling? There are various comedy clips to put anyone in a good mood right before they talk to you. These can generally be purchased on the Sprint side of the website for about $1.50, but unlike ring tones they expire. They also sound like hold music with a personalized hello to whoever is calling, which would put me right off using them.