Fight The Power! Email Your Verizon Ringtone To Yourself.

Now that Verizon has defined the list of prohibited ring tone terms for their network, everyone who wants a ringtone of someone screaming “Sit on my face with your teabagging ruby red bag!” is going to have to learn to make their own. Jamster can no longer supply.

But what if you’re a mobile phone luddite? How do you get that profane fifteen second mp3 to your mobile phone? Well, Reader Seb LeM. got an excellent piece of verboten advice from a Verizon CSR on how to just email it to your phone. Easy peasy!

Scott’s tip after the jump.

I recently had an interesting experience with that oh-so-wonderful phone and bill provider: Verizon Wireless. I own a Motorola E815 and saw all of the company’s ads about how you can rip your own music to your phone so that you can listen to it “on the go.” I’ve gone through a remarkable amount of struggles with this phone in attempts to get my own music on it to be used as ringtones. A friend of mine is a Cingular customer and has never had nearly this amount of trouble.

So tonight I brought up the courage to face the forboding customer service reps at a local Verizon shop in an attempt to figure out how to go about uploading my own ringtones to my phone as an alternative to paying $2.99 for 15 second clips downloadable from Verizon’s music store…

I explained my situation to that weird person who always stands at the front of the store with the manufactured smile. He told me to talk to the guy in the little booth at the tech service desk. I explained my situation there, and what followed is a tip that I figured would be valuable to fellow Consumerist readers who also subscribe to Verizon and don’t want to pay $2.99 for the first 15 seconds of Europe’s “Final Countdown.” Apparently, if you create an MP3 file that’s less than something like 200k in size and rename the file extension to .mid instead of .mp3, you can upload it to your phone by e-mailing it to [your number] When you get the text message, the sound clip should be attached. Save it to your sounds folder and then apply it as a ringtone. Although I was skeptical, it actually worked! Remarkable. Furthermore, the tech guy said “…I’m not supposed to tell you this.” So apparently, this is something VZW doesn’t want its consumers to know about.

Well, while the VZW ringtones store may offer a plentiful bounty of Shakira and Jay Z tracks, I couldn’t find Tokyo Ska Paradise’s version of the Tetris theme. Looks like I’m making “midis” tonight.


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  1. christy says:

    I was so thrilled until I went to apply my clip as a ringtone and the option is not there. For the other two pre-installed clips on my phone the menu reads “send in message, send to picplace, apply as ringtone” but for the one I just stored the “apply as ringtone” option is not there. So close!

  2. Christy,

    Read Mark Venture’s answer on this thread:

    That should help you out. I also suggest reading his page for more detailed info if you ever want to break the chains that bind your Verizon phone.

  3. KevinQ says:

    Your mileage my vary. I’ve got service from Verizon for my LG VX5200. I made the mp3/mid file, and then emailed it to myself. I can listen to the clip on my phone, but even after I save it, it doesn’t appear on my list of ringtones.


  4. KevinQ says:

    Didn’t see cristy‘s or crayonshinobi‘s posts before I posted mine. I checked out the v710 forum linked to above, and while it had good information, none of it helped. I’m still having the same problem cristy is – I can get the songs to my phone, but can’t choose them as ringtones.

    Oh, well. I usually keep it on vibrate, anyway.


  5. OK, sorry, here is a more comprehensive guide from our new friend Mark Venture:

    Also, this forum site has more info than you’ll likely ever need or want:

    Lastly, it seems that only certain phones are capable of the “email” trick of getting mp3/mids as ring tones.

    So far, the LG5200 is not capable of the trick…But LG6000

  6. christy says:

    I am not sure why, but when I take a .mpeg file and rename it to .mid it works, but if I try it with a standard .mp3, it doesn’t. But now that I know the trick I am having fun putting completely obnoxious things on my V710.

  7. Jen says:

    It worked with T-Mobile and a Nokia 6101.