Changing your mobile phone ringtone is one of the best ways to personalize your phone, but many people don’t bother to change the default ringtone on their devices. How many times have you heard the default iPhone ringtone in public and mistakenly thought it was yours?

Fortunately, you have thousands of free options for the best ringtone.

Today we are going to focus on ringtones that sound like real phones. Whether you’re going for a vintage effect or want to mimic a TV ringtone, they’ll do the job.

1. Universal Hollywood phone call

You probably recognize this tone from a lot of old TV shows. Classics like Leave it to Beaver and Magnum P.I., along with movies like Ghostbusters, have used this as their on-screen phone ringtone. It’s recognizable and functional.

2. Classic British phone call

If you prefer a European flavor to your classic tunes, try this two-tone ring. Sounds a little cooler than a standard ring.

3. High quality retro ring

Looking for a don’t miss vintage tone? This one will pierce the ears of everyone who is nearby.

4. General Retro Ring

It’s not tied to a specific phone or era, but this classic phone sounds nonetheless.

5. Austin Powers / Our Man Flint Phone Call

Do you want to join as a pseudo-secret agent? Here’s the tune Austin Powers answers.

Interestingly, this originally came from the 1966 film Our Man Flint, which had a similar vibe.

6. Ringtone 24’s CTU

In Series 24, the protagonist Jack Bauer works for the Counter Terrorism Unit, or CTU. The phones in this series ring a lot, and when they do, you hear this sound.

7. Jurassic Park 3 Satellite Melody

Who thought that a ringtone could be scary? In Jurassic Park 3, one of the dinosaurs swallows a cell phone. Later, the main characters are frightened when they turn around and hear a phone ringing — inside the dinosaur’s body.

You could send a few people running when they hear this!

8. Ring of Geiko Boss Ding Dong

Geico is the king of funny commercials and one of their old movies has a great ringtone. The gecko boss shows off his boring guy tune talking about how cool Geiko is, and then his phone goes off with a quick bang.

It makes a great ringtone even today.

9. Paul Blart: Cop Ringtone Melody

Paul Blart 2009: Mall Cop isn’t the funniest movie you’ve ever seen, but it contains a few laughs. In the film, Paul Bart buys a mobile phone but doesn’t know how to change the ringtone.

This results in Rasheeda’s «My Bubble Gum» playing every time he gets a call, which amusingly contradicts his straight forward good-guy mood.

10 Nokia Tone

We end with perhaps the most classic mobile ringtone of all. For many, the Nokia phone was their first mobile phone. Thus, this short signal alerted thousands of people to their first phone call on the go. It’s pretty neat!

Nokia has released several versions of this, including a piano and dubstep mix, but the pristine beep-boop reigns supreme.

More Retro Ringtones

If you didn’t find the vintage phone tone you were looking for in the list above, don’t worry. Beepzoid’s Vintage Phone Calls page has over 60 ringtones for your retro enjoyment.

Unfortunately, they share labels (eg «Melody No. 23»), and therefore it is difficult to determine exactly which phones are being imitated. We encourage you to browse and find what you like best. You can look at some of the best ringtone sites too.

How to add ringtones to your phone

Now that you have chosen a new retro ringtone, it’s time to put it on your phone. Start by searching for your favorite above, then right-click on it and choose » Save as» . Put it somewhere on your computer for safe keeping.

After that, the process is different depending on whether you are using Android or iOS.

Ringtones for Android

You have multiple ways to set a custom ringtone on Android The easiest way is to use Pushbullet to send files from your desktop to your phone. Once you have downloaded them, you will need to use the file manager app to move the MP3 files from the » Downloads» in folder » Ringtones «.

Everything in this folder will appear in the list when you go to Settings > Sound > Ringtone . Check it out to set your new tone!

If you’re not using Pushbullet, you can transfer files using cloud storage. Put your MP3s on Dropbox, Google Drive or a similar service. Then use the app on your phone to download the files to your internal storage. Check the folder » Downloads ” and follow the same procedure as above.

Finally, to do it the old way, connect the USB cable from your phone to your computer. Use an explorer window to transfer MP3 files directly to the » Ringtones » on your phone. You can then assign it via the menu settings .

Ringtones for iOS

Unfortunately, assigning ringtones on iOS is a huge pain and requires jumping through a few hoops in iTunes. We have written a complete guide to making an iPhone ringtone. so check it out for the full steps.

What’s your new, old ringtone?

Many people have a favorite movie soundtrack or song as their ringtone. But you can stand out by using one of these retro tones instead. They are not for everyone and some of the vintage phone sounds can be quite annoying. But keeping them on your phone is a fun idea when you need to step back a bit.

If you’re a gaming fan, we’ve taken a look at the best retro ringtones and notification sounds too. And to boost the volume of your android phone, try one of these volume booster apps!

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