Ringo: Personalize your Treo with Ringtones
The ability to personalize our Treo always appears to be at the very top of our needs and it should therefore not be surprising that a Treo ringtone player such as Ringo Pro has shot to the very top of the best selling applications charts.
At its most basic Ringo allows you to set any MP3 on your SD card as a ringtone – the standard “Sound & Alerts” Prefs only allows for MID, AMR or WAV files. However, it is the range of ringtone customization that sets Ringo apart.
There are three levels of changes that can be made for 1) all calls; 2) specific individual calls and 3) groups of callers. Each of these levels then further allows the customization of the 1) ring tone; 2) SMS tone and 3) picture display. Additionally, if you have 3MB to spare on your Treo, you can also install EPSpeak which will add spoken call announcements to let you know who is calling.
The first level, Ringo Ringtones, is where you’ll set the default ringtone, SMS tone and picture for all the calls that you receive which are not handled by eitheir Ringo Friends or Ringo Groups in the other levels. The settings here are very straightforward and only require you to:
- Select the Default Ringtone from either the MIDI files already on your Treo or MP3’s on your SD card
- Choose ‘Announce Callers’ if you have installed the separate EPSpeak
- Select the default SMS Tone – I decided to keep one of the default MIDI sounds but you can also choose an MP3 for this
- You can select any photo or image on your Treo or the SD card for the picture display
The second level, Ringo Friends, is accessed by pressing the single head icon at the bottom right. You can create a New friend either manually or by pressing Lookup which will access the Contacts database. Clicking ‘Match all numbers’ will ensure that all numbers listed under that contact use your selected Ring and SMS tones as well as a picture.
In this example below, I set a new Ringo Friend for myself with all numbers and as you can see (though not hear of course) everything worked as planned when I placed a test call to my Treo with the caller ID at the top, the picture showing and the MP3 that I had selected playing.
The third level, Ringo Groups, allows you to set ringtone and picture preferences for the various categories in your Contacts (must use the default contacts database and not a third party application).
As before, in this example I set a separate ringtone and picture for my Treonauts contacts category and had the right changes show up when I placed a test call.
Because Ringo uses the default Contacts database and also accesses the MP3 ringtones from the SD card you should be aware that third party PIM applications may cause conflicts. Also, if you receive a call and your SD card is not inserted you ‘may’ experience a soft reset. Some people have reported that their Treo 650 crashes or resets on incoming calls with Ringo installed and again this is likely due to software conflicts. Nevertheless, by and large most people appear to have no issues whatsoever and are happily using Ringo every day.
The obvious practical aspect of Ringo is that it will allow you to, for example, set one default ringtone and image for all your business and a separate one for your personal calls with Ringo Groups, assign a specific ringtone and image to quickly identify your spouse or loved one (or even your boss) when they call or SMS with Ringo Friends and to leave all other ‘general’ calls with a distinct ringtone and image of its own. I only describe a few instances of customization but if you take the time then you could assign dozens of individual ringtones and pictures for groups and friends.
I have to admit that wasn’t a particularly big fan of plain ringtones before but now that I’ve experienced and better understood the significantly higher level of personalization that Ringo Pro offers I have come to regard it as an important application that once more sets my Treo well apart from the rest.
Treonauts like the ring of their tunes…