Want to Make Some Money? Become a Cell Phone Company!
Who would have thought the harmless ringtone would have spawned so much attention and money to the cell phone? Cell phone companies have caught a tight, highly-populated market. Today, nearly a billion people use cell phones. And, if you want to personalize your phone, you are tied to the solutions that the cell phone provider supports in their phones.
Never fear—as things progress you can expect more choice and better options from your cell phone. That's a given. But, you can also expect to see more charges for snippets of video, music, and other tools, such as more sophisticated ringtones. For instance, expect to see packages where the ringtone automatically changes depending not just on the particular user, but whether the user is calling on their cell phone, LAN line, VoIP phone, or simply via text messaging.
With all of these choices, remember one thing: ultimately your phone is a tool you use to communicate with. Do you need to spend hundreds on making it look pretty?