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Verizon Launches Ringback Tones In California

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Nov 16, 2004, 1:42 PM   by (staff)

Verizon Wireless announced today it is the first national carrier to offer Ringback Tones - short clips of real music that replace the standard ring callers hear when they call the phone of a Ringback Tone subscriber. The service is available now for customers in Sacramento and southern California, with national availability planned for mid-2005. Customers can choose from an initial catalog of more than 2,200 songs in 13 different music genres. Set-up options include different ringback tones for different callers based on the Caller ID, Group List or the time of day. The service is priced at 99 cents per month, plus $1.99 annually for each tone.

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badsky2k

Nov 16, 2004, 3:42 PM

So What!

No big deal. You can do this with Moto phones already and it does not incur a recurring charge. VZW just does not get it!
for real!!! you can already do this on almost any phone and its FREE!! Nice work VZN, damn, everyday I am getting closer and closer to switching to Cingular.
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This is more for the caller than the one being called. When you call a VZW subscriber who has this feature, you hear a song instead of the ringing. Its through the provider, not the phone so Moto can't do it. Its still a pretty silly idea though, pay...
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badsky2k said:
No big deal. You can do this with Moto phones already ...

Confused Erm... no. You can't do this with a phone. It happens on the network side. Phones can't generate or determine ringback tones.

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You guys on this site are so ridiculous. VZW constantly gets ridiculed for not initiating new products and services. But when they do something first, like the ringback option, everyone ridicules them for it. I guarantee it will make a lot of money...
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Why are they saying "the first" I've been downloading real music to my moto for almost a year with Cingular. What's so special about Verizon doing it?
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badsky2k said:
No big deal. You can do this with Moto phones already and it does not incur a recurring charge. VZW just does not get it!
Another minor quibble I have with Verizon's data services.
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braindead5400

Nov 16, 2004, 5:43 PM

Tmobile?

Doesn't Tmobile already have caller tunes? How is it that Verizon is the first?
Verizon is the first CDMA provider to have it.
Technically, we haven't officially launched it yet although some of the info got out early... Official launch is expected before the end of the year.
 
 
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