Everyone loves cell phone ringtones now, and it's perfectly possible to download free cell phone ringers online. However before you do there's a few things that are worth knowing.

Firstly, why are the ring tones free? Don't companies need to make a profit, and if they give away cell phone ringers for free then won't they go broke?

No not at all. The internet offers a wide range of ways for commercial operations to make money, and often they do very well by giving stuff away for free. Everyone likes a freebie, and this applies to mobile phone ringtones as much as anything else. And sites that give away free cell phone ringers can attract a lot of web traffic. Thousands or hundreds of thousands a day.

The free ringer is given away to give you the incentive to come visit their site, but they make money in other ways. You've have noticed that most if not all of these sites have advertising on their sites. Often they can make as much or more from the advertising than they could from selling ring tones in a competitive market. It's a different business model to some, but it works.

Sometimes as well you see free cell phone ringers advertised but when you get to the site you find that they aren't really free. There's often subtle differences between the meaning of the word “free” between different sites.

For example, if you have to buy something else for your phone before you get the ring tone as a giveaway to go with that purchase is that a free ringtone? Maybe, maybe not. To get it you've had to spend money. And there's lots of ways that companies advertise those so called “free” ringers and they aren't really free.

And then there's the ringtone scams. I'm sure you've heard all about other types of scams on the internet, the mobile phone and ringtone industry is no exception.

There are companies that will tell you the ringer is free, but you later find the charge on your bill. Quite unexpectedly.

However the ringtone business is big business, and companies which make a profit from ringtones turn over, according to some estimates, around $4 billion a year selling or giving away ring tones for cell phones. That's huge.

There are legitimate ways to find free cell phone ringers. There are good companies giving ringtones away for free. And it's even possible to make your own ringer. It takes a few moments, but it's totally free and it can be fun.

So before you jump online and type “free cell phone ringers” into Google take a moment to find out a bit more about those so called “free' ringtones. They aren't all free.

Source by Peter Crump