Archive for September, 2007

Mobile Phone Wallpapers

On the Internet, you can easily share photos with friends, family, and the world. However, even if you have a brand new mobile phone, finding and downloading a photo of your friend, that beach you want to vacation on, or a wallpaper of your home sports team is far from easy. It doesn’t need to be the case.

Wallpapers

In addition to the wide range of premium wallpapers from our partners, we have just added a great range of pictures from the public domain and pictures available under Creative Commons licenses. You can find this content on our site by searching on a topic or simply looking for free wallpapers. Just click on “Send to a mobile”, enter your number, and you can get the picture onto your phone. You can also upload your own photos and share them with friends, family, or the world.

In the future, we’d like to extend this and create a feature for Flickr in which you enter a search term and get an up-to-the-minute list of pictures using the Flickr API. In fact, we’re working with Flickr to make that happen. Note that this includes only pictures that have explicitly been made available by the photographer under the relevant Creative Commons licenses. In addition, we’ll highlight the most popular content, so you really can get great wallpapers onto your phone.

Another idea we are exploring is offering a service where photographers can sell their photos as phone wallpaper. We’d provide the service, make it really easy to use, and then share the proceeds with the original author – please tell us what you think?

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Make My Ringtone – Create your own custom ringtones for free

There has been plenty of commentary on Apple’s September 5th announcement, unveiling the ability for iPhone users to purchase and customize ringtones from the iTunes Music Store for an additional 99 cents. To buy a ringtone, you pay 99 cents for the song itself (if you don’t already have it) and another 99 cents to convert a 30 second snippet of the song into a ringtone. That’s right – it costs more to get a 30 second ringtone than it does to get the whole song. While this might not seem logical, the established price point for mobile phone ringtones is around $2.99 each, which is a world away from the $0.99 or less for a full music track from most online stores.

Often the convenience of buying a fun ringtone for your phone (and changing it according to your mood!) is well worth the $2.99, but many of us would like to take a CD we already own and turn our own music into a ringtone. Several companies have offered ways of doing this with expensive PC packages and hard-to-use websites.

Given our mission at Mobicious to provide everything for your mobile, we have developed an easier way of making your own custom ringtones.

Make My Ringtone is now available on the Mobicious site. The new feature allows you to take your own music and make a custom ringtone from your favorite song. It’s fun, free, and works on all major U.S. carriers including Verizon, and on most phones that support playing MP3 files.

To check it out for yourself,
1. Go to www.mobicious.com/ringtones/new
2. Select an MP3 file from your desktop
3. Choose and preview any 20 second clip
4. Send your custom ringtone to your mobile phone

Make My Ringtone builds on our foundation as the premier destination for consumers to discover the best content, services and applications available for their mobile phones. In this case, we’re helping people to “mobilize” media they already own. In the near future, we’ll be introducing new ways for people to get the most out of the media they already have scattered through the online universe.

Have fun making your own ringtones and exploring nearly 200,000 items of premium and free mobile content on http://www.mobicious.com.