Cell phones have been around for a while now and the capabilities are growing faster than most people can keep up with. More than that, cell phones are becoming a big part of everyday life by offering cool features to their users like camera, video and games.

One thing I’m sure all of you have noticed is all of the different ring tones that people are using on their phones. Well, I thought, what a good idea for the download of the week! A program that would allow you to convert your stored music into midi files (don’t take up as much space) to be uploaded to your phone.

Unfortunately I couldn’t find any software for free to perform this conversion (I will keep looking), so I decided to learn a little more about this subject. Well, after doing some searching around Web for ring tones, I knew one thing, I needed to clean my browser out and for good measure, I took a shower as well.

Most of the sites I visited to look for new ring tones for my phone were filled with scams and pop ups. I felt skuzzy afterwards. I found plenty of sites that offered free midi downloads, but it was only free until you went out to their site, or after you agree to some contractual arrangement. The “free ring tones“ advertisements and links are simply cleverly worded scams to get you to their site. Once there, you see the real deal, and in case you were wondering, is not so good.

So I continued my search and found a new service: an online application called Mobile17 that will send a midi file to your phone allowing you to insert it into your ring tones configuration list. The process is simple and the site supports 94 percent of all the cell phones out there, so it doesn’t matter if your phone is new or old. Chances are, Mobile17 can handle it.

What Mobile17 does is upload a midi file that you designate on your local hard drive or wherever you have the midi file stored. Then it basically sends the file out to your phone in one of four ways depending on the data handling capabilities of your phone. The procedures that Mobile17 can utilize are:

1. Download the file with your phone’s Web browser.
2. Receive it in a picture message.
3. E-mail it to your phone as an attachment.
4. Send you the file and you can transfer it to your phone.

The top three are really the procedures that shine. It allows the ring tone to be sent directly to the phone ready for use, with no middleman. The fourth option is for phones that may not have any of first three features enabled. In the fourth option, you basically send the file to your PC and you upload it to your phone from there. This method isn’t as easy and you may want to contact your cell phone’s manufacturer for details on how to perform this procedure.

Since the service is free, there can be a small wait time for your file to be prepared, but it doesn’t take that long. It takes maybe a half an hour and I’ve seen it as low as one minute.

Unfortunately, there is no great wealth of information on the site, but the service is new and they are working on implementing more help resources in the future. There is an e-mail address you can send questions to at least until more permanent resources are enabled that will assist you in using Mobile17.

Oh, I almost forgot, remember how I was discussing how untrustworthy these sites that offer downloadable ring tones seemed to be? Well, Mobile17 was nice enough to offer a couple of links out to no hassle midi download sites. That means you can look through copious amounts of music that is stored in their database without worrying if you’re collecting malware as well.

– You can set up your own Mobile17 account at:

– If you want to look through the available midi files for free, you may want to take a look at With thousands of songs to pick from, you’ll never get bored.

So if you always wanted to change your tune but don’t want the hassle of contracts and malware, then you may find Mobile17 right up your alley. I hope you enjoy the service and as always, it was my pleasure.

~Chad Stelnicki