We just got wind of an awesome contest happening over at Tonemine: use their web-based mixing tools to put together the most badass ringtone you can muster, and leave it to the voters to pick the best. It’s one thing just translating MP3s to ringtone format, but being able to make your own is especially cool. They’ve got a variety of styles for you to choose, from funk to indie rock to bluegrass, and you can drop in sound effects and beats at your leisure. It’s a fun system and worth horsing around in if you’re looking for an original ringtone. And what about the prizes for this contest? Well, first, second and third place all get a Remote Stereo Gateway and a music gift card, first and second both get a BlackBerry of choice, and first place gets a bunch of accessories thrown on top. Get more info on the Battle of the Ringtone DJs here, and hey, maybe mix things up a bit yourself.
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Hooah, that’s a sale, alright. Punch in the coupon code JULY30 at checkout and get 30% off deals at Bplay – that includes, themes, ringtones and games. Feeling patriotic? Why not grab the Stars and Stripes theme, or O Canada? Maybe looking for a more political angle? Democrat and Republican themes are still up. If games are more your bag, Call of Duty 3 and Whitehouse Rumble are both in the 4th. of July spirit. Looking for ringtones? Bplay has a whole category of patriotic ringtones for ya. If you’d rather save your coin, check out Astraware’s free Fireworks app, so you can get all warmed up for the real thing.
Of course, not everyone’s the flag-waving type – maybe you’d rather just get a good deal a slick iBerry theme. And hey, if you’ve got the Wallet application loaded, Bplay can now get all your payment info from there.
If chugging through the BlackBerry OS to load up ringtones is too much hassle, Ringo just added a bunch of new ringtones to their app, letting you easily pick and chose up to 50 from a variety of styles for all your incoming alerts. Feeling Christmassy? Load up some “Deck the Halls” in the middle of summer just to confuse passersby. Maybe you get a lot of calls from ex-girlfriends – well, you can group them all together and give them the same dour, foreboding classical tune. Even if you have a specific MP3 you want to load up, like Dumb & Dumber’s “Most Annoying Sound in the World” for the in-laws, Ringo makes it all really easy. Check it out!
Christmastime is rapidly approaching, and maybe that special BlackBerry-user in your life hasn’t been bought for just yet. Well, there’s still time and BBCool’s here to help you find something you know they’ll use and love. We’ve compiled a little wish-list of stuff we would personally like to see under the tree – presents we’re so sure of that we’re knocking 10% off all in-store items marked with asterix – just enter the coupon code BBHOLIDAY for your discount. I know, we’re giving y’all presents early again, but we just can’t help it.
bPlay’s just released a new basketball game, NBA 2-on-2 SLAM by Magmic alongside a new Basketball theme. Anyone serious about their basketball would do well to pick both of these up. I just noticed that they also offer discounted bundles now, so if you grabbed a sports jam ringtone too, you’d be getting 10% off. Not a bad deal at all. It might be easy to say gadget geekery and playing sports are mutually exclusive, but it turns out NBA players love their BlackBerrys too.
A recent report by Continental Research is showing that the vast majority of mobile users just want basic functionality, and advanced features go largely unused. The survey talked to users on O2 (who got top marks for customer service), T-Mobile, Orange and Vodafone asking subscribers if they’d prefer a less expensive, simple phone or a pricier one with all the trimmings. It’s not only that adoption of extra functions has been low, but it’s actually been shrinking over the last three years. For example, in 2005 18% of surveyed cellphone users had downloaded a ringtone in the last year, versus 10% in 2007. That gives the iPhone some hard numbers to back up its philosophy of user-friendliness, no doubt. As BlackBerry users, do you guys tend to stick with just voice and e-mail, or do you dabble in the extras, like music and GPS? Are BlackBerry users maybe more predisposed to using advanced features?