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A ringtone is the audible sound emitted by a telephone to alert the owner about an incoming call. While a traditional landline phone also sounds a ring tone, the term ringtone is more closely associated with the sound effects or melodies emitted by a mobile phone.
When cellular technology was still in its infancy, most cellular phones were only capable of generating monophonic tones. This type of ringtone utilizes basic sequencing technology and creates a series of musical notes played one at a time using a single instrument.
Most contemporary phones today can support some or all of the following ringtone types: