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How Ringtone Websites Profit, and How You Can Find a Good Deal

May 27th, 2007 · 2 Comments

There are many websites that allow you to download ringtones, and most of them offer a free ringtone as soon as you sign up. So how do these companies make a profit?

Selling ringtones and call-back tones (which is what your callers hear when you haven’t picked up the phone yet) is a $2 Billion market in the US alone! Most of these websites are affiliates for some other business that makes their bread and butter selling cellphone services, like ringtones. These services often have tie-ups with specific cellphone carriers, such as T-mobile, or Verizon. Now the way they make money is, somewhere in the subtext of the agreement you hurriedly click through on the way to downloading the free ringtone, you agree that the company will charge you for a monthly subscription through your carrier. That’s right, even when they don’t have your credit card, they still can charge you through your phone bill. The carrier profits, the company selling the service profits and the website which sent you their way profits.

You can also profit – the trick is, instead of fishing for free ringtones, if you really are interested in getting a great ringtone, sign up with a good ringtone download site, and be aware of the subscription. After you get the ringtones that you need – maybe within a day or a week or even a month, just call your service provider, or the company you got the subscription from to cancel the subscription – of course, to do this, you need to write down or otherwise remember the details of the subscription and also find out before signing up what the exact procedure for letting go is. Most service providers allow you to cancel by sending a text message with “quit”, “stop”, “cancel” or “unsubscribe” in the message. For example, if you sign up through my ringtones hub, you will be getting the service from Blinko, and their terms clearly mention how to manage your subscription:

For help, text “HELP” to 42222 at anytime. To cancel your service, text “STOP” to 42222 at anytime. For questions, please contact Blinko’s customer service at or call 1-800-971-2271.

Find these things out before you sign up. Knowledge is Power – know what you are doing, and don’t be a jackass by expecting the world for free.