Ring tones have grown into something else over the past few years. The phenomenon started with kids who wanted to personalize their phone but now seems like every second person has a personalized ring tone. Proof of the growing popularity can be seen with the The Crazy Frog ring tone, it shot straight to the top of the British singles chart on Sunday beating the new Coldplay single, the first time a ring tone has achieved such a feat. The enterprising guys at Terratial are trying to take advantage of the popularity of ring tones with their service called Ringtone Megaplex. They offer 1000 ring tones in both polyphonic for the 7100 series Blackberry and monophonic for the other models. Read what we have to say about it â€¦
There is no real installation because ring tones are downloaded through the Blackberry Browser. The service is a subscription based service, all you need to do is go to a specific URL and enter your login. After you download a ring tone you have the option to save it so in your Profile menu you can use it as your ring tone.
Everything is laid out in a straight forward fashion. You enter the website and things are broken down into polyphonic ring tones and monophonic ring tones. Polyphonic is the ability to play multiple notes at the same time where as monophonic is only one note, so ring tones in polyphonic format are of much higher quality.
There are your common categories like Rock, Rap, Country, Folk and Classical. Other categories include ring tones for the Holidays, Movie, Television, and Video Game themes. Another category called Patterns is where you will find your traditional ring tones, which is a nice touch.
Although the category structure is set up in a nice easy format there are issues with ring tones in the wrong category. For example the rap group Gang Star, Mobb Deep and the R&B artist Beyonce under the Rock category. A solution would be to add a R&B or Pop category which would help catalogue the ring tones better. Terratial claims to have over 1000 ring tones which is quite possible but remember that they separate between polyphonic and monophonic ring tones so there could be the same ring tone but in different formats.
The selection is not the most up to date, so if you are looking for the newest chart-topper songs you may be disappointed. I imagine this is because of copy write issues. Other issues is that some of their categories donâ€™t have much of a selection. Videogames had only the Mortal Kombat Conquest theme for the monophonic selection where as three were listed under the polyphonic selection. We also canâ€™t say how often or if at all the catalogue is updated, but we would imagine so because youâ€™re paying a yearly subscription.
A 1-year subscription costs $19.95 to access 1000 of ring tones, which if you think about it is a good value considering you pay $1-3 dollars when ever you download a ring tone from your carrier. Our main gripe would be that there is not much selection of the latest songs but the most of the popular songs over the past few years are there.
The program is available for $19.95 at Neon Toad, http://www.neontoad.com