Hi all, I’m looking for a ringtone that just sounds like a real telephone! A regular ring! Did the world forget what a phone is supposed to sound like?
Or some such. Basically these users want an audio recording of a telephone, circa 1992 or before. The kind that had the loopy, spiral cord connecting the handset to the cradle. The kind that came in avocado green, often had a dial, and connected to the wall with a wire. A “real phone”. Or worse a “telephone”. Who calls it that anymore?
Some of you reading this were not alive when these phones existed, so I don’t blame you if my description fails to ring a bell as it were.
And if you’re one of these users who has been searching for a real telephone ringing sound for your mobile, a couple things:
a) that’s no longer a “real phone”. Um, that’s an antique. Seriously. I know I know, it seems just like yesterday and all, but trust me - there is an exhibit in some technology museum where the phone you’re thinking of is displayed behind glass.
b) The bells in these antique phones were subject to all sorts of technical limitations that we don’t have today. The sounds they made were there to alert - but the technology did not allow the creators to fine-tune the sound to individual taste, nor did the creators of those phones ever imagine the quantity of calls we would receive and how grating such a sound would become under the circumstance.
So your affinity for this sound is, sad to say, somewhat unrelated to “real”.
On the plus side, the technology today supports almost any sound you can think of. Morse code perhaps?
There are Digital Natives, and there are Digital Immigrants. Digital natives grew up in the midst of the Internet and the information revolution, and adapts to these tools effortlessly. Digital immigrants grew up - well, a long time before that, and have had to learn a new digital language. It can be difficult to identify which category some people fall within. Others, not so much.
But it’s a sure bet that anyone who has been looking for a “real telephone” ring, ain’t no Native.
The rest of us - if politely - call you “Gramps”.