Everybody has a mobile phone these days. They all come out of their factories with their company's standard settings on them, so they all come out the same. All Nokias, all Sony-Ericssons are the same and all Samsungs are the same.
Millions and millions of them, all the same. However, they all, each single one of them have the potential of being personalized in hundreds, if not thousands of combinations.
The majority of cell phones have a minimum of twelve different ring tones; twelve different screen savers, twelve different wallpapers, twelve different themes and twelve different colour schemes and some have twenty or more of each.
It is also possible to download further variations and sometimes even to make your own. This means that there are usually thousands ofways of personalizing your cell phone.
Although most individuals do not go to the bother of changing the wallpaper, screen saver or theme, most individuals do experiment with the ring tone. Older individuals may just use one of the regular ring tones that came with the phone, but younger people are more likely to either buy a ring tone or download one of the thousands of free ones accessible on line.
One problem for ring tone enthusiasts was (or even still is for some) that there is no true standardization of the music format between the cell phone manufacturers. This means that a ring tone in Samsung format will not work on a Nokia et cetera. This resulted in the creation of ring tone converters, although some phones cannot make use of them.
Another way of getting around this is to upload your ring tone to an on line converter, convert it then either SMS it back to your cell phone or download it to a computer and transfer it to your phone by wire or by Bluetooth. It is all too much bother for most older people, although it is quite simple when you have done it once or twice.
Other cell phones have a composer built in. These composers are quite elementary in some phones, but others allow polyphonic composition. However, it can be quite tedious to compose a decent tune, so this is one for the expert customizer with time on his or her hands only.
One ability that practically all cell phones have, and which most people do not use to the full is assigning different ring tones to different people or groups of individuals. For instance, you could have one ring tone for your parents or spouse and one for your home landline. Then if you hear those ring tones, you know that you should answer it.
You could have one for your friends, so that even without glancing at the screen, you know that you could have an amusing conversation to cheer up your day and you could have one for your boss so that you know to ignore it if it rings outside working hours.
It is fun to personalize your cell phone and it can be done quite quickly once you get going and it allows you to while away half an hour next time you are waiting for a train.
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