Your voice as a ringtone - Instructions

Your voice as a ringtone
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Using voice input to create a ringtone on a Motorola RAZR V3

Ringtones are the sounds your (cell)phone will make to let you know that a call is coming in. My personal preference is for short sounds, analogous to a ringing bell, which will repeat until the phone is answered or the caller gives up. Some like to use portions of tunes (or, to the dismay of those nearby, entire songs). Another option is to use a voice announcement, which may even be in the voice of the caller. That way, when your friend, sibling, relative calls, you will hear their voice summoning you to answer the call. We have previously reviewed software that enables you to do this on your PC and then to transfer the recording to your cellphone.

But, your cellphone most likely can record sounds itself, and then you can use the recorded sound as a ringtone without having to go through a PC.

Different models of cellphones and different cellular networks support this in different ways. In the US on the Verizon network, Motorola RAZR V3m phones allow you to record a voice memo and then to associate that memo with one or more entries in your address book. When you are called by a number in your address book that has such an association, instead of the default sound (ringtone) you will hear the recorded sound. You can also specify a specific recording to be used with any incoming call that does not have its own assocation. You may very well be able to do this on your particular cellphone - read the manual carefully.

Things work differently in the US on the Cingular/AT&T network. The Motorola RAZR V3 (and PEBL) phones for that network do not have the ability to directly save a voice recording to the place where the ringtones are kept. There are workarounds that can be found on the internet - what I will describe here came from the website. This method makes use of the fact that when you create and send a multimedia message from the phone, a copy is saved in the "outgoing" message folder, and recordings can be transferred to the ringtone area from there. I have outlined the procedure below for the Motorola RAZR V3. It is similar (but not identical) for the Motorola PEBL.

Go through the following steps in order on your phone: