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MP3 as Ringtone?


Apr 12, 2007, 7:59 PM
There is a lot of conflicting info out there, but the simple question is...can you use MP3s as ringtones?

I've tried the one suggestion in this forum, saving as MP3, opening in Windows Media Player and saving as .midi but that did not work. Unless I'm doing something wrong?

Seems like a no-brainer, a phone that can play MP3s should be able to use them as ringtones. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

Apr 13, 2007, 3:28 PM
You must have done something wrong. I've done this several times and it works. I also sent myself a mp3 file and saved it as a ringtone and it works.

Apr 13, 2007, 4:31 PM
ok, you're right. i have successfully sent myself mp3s and saved them as ringtones. so far it seems like they need to be 64 bit, can anyone confirm that?

Now for the real test - is there a way to transfer them over using the memory card as opposed to emailing them to myself?

Thanks again.

Apr 14, 2007, 8:45 AM
rezzodog said:
ok, you're right. i have successfully sent myself mp3s and saved them as ringtones. so far it seems like they need to be 64 bit, can anyone confirm that?

Please post a more detailed explanation of how you sent yourself an mp3 and saved it as a ringtone.


Jul 9, 2007, 8:48 PM
To email yourself a ringtone... Only for Verizon...


you add it as an attachment! and it should work.. this is also a great way to email yourself wall papers 😁 😁

Apr 19, 2007, 12:17 PM
Boy. I've spent more time than I care to trying to get a ringtone to work. I don't mind paying for it, but what I want isn't aavailable through Verizon (Beethoven's Ode to Joy instrumental version). They have a very German militaristic version of it. Anyhow, I found an mp3 version online and transferred it to my data card and when I looked under sounds, it was a .qcp file. What's that? It won't transfer as an mp3. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I'm totally stymied.

Apr 19, 2007, 12:22 PM
I have gotten MP3s to work as ringtones. Here's how I do it:

1. Create your MP3 ringtone (try to keep it under 30 seconds and under 300KB).

2. Send an email to (your mobile number)@vzwpix.com with the MP3 attached. (ex. 1234567890@vzwpix.com). I've had good success sending from AOL's webmail or Outlook Express. Eudora did not work.

3. You should receieve a pix message with the MP3 attached. Press Options and choose the Save As Ringtone option.

4. Enjoy

Apr 19, 2007, 12:23 PM
By the way, if anyone can explain how to get MP3s on the phone as ringtones using the memory card INSTEAD of emailing them to yourself, please let me know.


Apr 24, 2007, 4:10 PM
Haven't found a way to transfer ringtones with the card, and the info VZW sent me about the phone says it can't be done (although that could just be the "official" statement). According to them, tones can't even be saved to the card, which would eliminate the possibility of transferring them that way.

Apr 25, 2007, 12:41 PM
Has anyone tried making the clips around 30 seconds. When you do save them as an mp3... And then go and change them from a .mp3 file to a .mid file? Them stick your card in the computer and put them on there? If so, does it work. I have the A930 and and am waiting to recieve the U540 and was just wondering if that will work.. If anyone has tried this please let me know. Thanks

Apr 30, 2007, 2:35 PM
I did exactly that. However, the tone came over not as an mp3, which is what I sent it as, but as a qcp.file. When I tried to "save it as ringtone", this was not an option, just "save sound" with no other option. The phone is new, bought yesterday. Any solution?

May 3, 2007, 9:59 PM
I had exactly the same experience tonight - no option to save what was an attached MP3 file as a ringtone, ended up saving it as a "sound" - any other ideas?

Many thanks

May 4, 2007, 3:55 AM
Per my previous post, I had the same problem - I found a solution on another board - it worked for me - hope it does for you.... I e-mailed the new "midi" file(the same content as the MP3 file I had previously sent) to the U540, and was able to save it as a ringtone.

Posted by: tjbugs1

I have two on my phone right now, I would just save the mp3 you have as an midi file, see if that works for you.

How do you do this?
Just change the file extension from .mp3 to .midi

Whats the best way to do that? (in win XP)

Say the file is called COOL and its on the desktop, it will show as COOL.

Now do this
(On the list will be)
Hide extensions for known file types
If the box next to it has ...

May 5, 2007, 12:37 PM
I have created a ringtone, but I cannot get it on my phone. Can someone please give me step by step instructions on how to 'save' a ringtone on the u540? I really need help. I tried to email an attachment, but I receive a txt message only. What am I doing wrong?????

May 5, 2007, 2:31 PM
Here is what worked for me:

1. Create you MP3 Ringtone (keep it under 30 seconds and less than 300KB)

2. Change the file from a .mp3 file to a .midi file (use the Windows "rename" function.

3. Send an e-mail number to (your mobile number)@vzwpix.com. I sent mine using Microsoft Outlook.

4. You should receive a message on your phone with a .midi file attached. Use the right soft key to access "Options". Select "Save as ringtone".

I've done 5 of these in the past couple days this way.

Good luck!

Sep 12, 2007, 12:02 AM
I have a problem receiving the text at all...instead of my phone getting anything, I get an email from 'Mail Delivery Subsystem

May 4, 2007, 5:16 PM
Keep in mind that no matter what format the file is in, if it's too big (the magic number seems to be around 300kb), it will only let you save it as a sound.

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