Free, free, free-this is possibly the single most exciting phrase in the shopper's vocabulary. After all, a sale is good-it may even be great, but nothing is better than FREE! And with the cost of living on the rise more consumers are looking for the best price possible. However, that does not have to mean giving up perks like cell phones or customizing them with ringback tones (the sound heard by the caller while waiting for their call to be answered).
Unfortunately, personalization features cost money, so free ringbacks are not as standard as one may like.Because ringbacks are something that your cell phone carrier does for you, finding free ringbacks is not overly common; however, there are some great deals available if you are willing to sign up for additional services or purchase ringback tones in bundles. The option to purchase ringbacks in bundles, came about as a result of teens, who when polled, stated that they loved ringbacks, but wanted a way to associated a ringback with specific callers.
The communications industry responded by offering ringback tone bundles offering 5 ringbacks for $15 or 8 for $20. Some companies, like TuneClub or FunMobile offer introductory ringback deals like 15 RBTs for $10. Sometimes you can get "free" ringback tones through Verizon or AT&T, but there will be a very limited selection. It is important that you keep in mind, the ringback tones may be free but you will still be paying for the service ( a minimum of $1.99 per month.
Also, the ringback tones have to be renewed frequently.Free ringbacks are not likely to become any time soon. Matter of fact, according to marketing research groups like M: Metrics, Juniper Research, and BMI and the business reports from Verizon/RealNetworks and BMI/Film Music Magazine the revenue from ringbacks tones is rising, with a predicted $14 billion in ringback tone revenue in 2011. In addition, cell provider's like Verizon are now offering business ringbacks that are designed to help one's business and marketing potential.Yes, free ringbacks would be nice but until then just enjoy the perks and personality a ringback tone offers. After all, even the most basic ringback tone is better than the boring "ringing/buzzing" sound of bygone days.