Custom Ringtones on the Samsung “UpStage” m620 (Telus Edition)
As I mentioned in one of the earlier posts, I got a brand-spanking-new cellphone, the Samsun “UpStage” m620 with a new contract from Telus. However to my disappointment, Telus decided to remove the MP3 ringtone functionality and so I was stuck with their default simple ringtones. But after a bit of Googling around, I found out that Telus missed something; the possibility of setting a video ringtone. So you can create a custom ringtone, convert it to a video file and upload it to the memory card.
Sounds easy? It is not, especially if you do not use Windows, like me. The video format supported by the cellphone is some weird mobile codec called 3GPP2 and converters for which can be hard to find. I found several guides about how to convert MP3 files to 3GPP2 files on Linux with ffmpeg, but the results were dismal. The sound quality was very low. I am sure if I played around with the settings I could have gotten a better quality, but I did not want to bother. Luckily I stumbled across an online conversion tool that did the job for me perfectly and works from any operating system!
The whole process took me a long time, so I decided to write the following guide to help others. You do not need to download any programs for the conversion nor do you need to know anything about “bitrates” and formats. However you do need to cut out the required part of the MP3 file yourself. You can use the free open source program called Audacity for it. It is cross-platorm, so you can use it from Windows, Mac or Linux. I might blog about it a bit later.
The next step is to convert the file into the 3GPP2 format, which can be simply done by using the Media Converter website. The site is great, because it supports a wide variety of formats and you can upload from your disk, a website or directly from YouTube. After you select your file, click next. On the next page, set the filetype to 3g2. The click the next button twice in a row, there is no need to change any of the bitrate or quality settings. Finally after a few minutes, you file will be converted and a download link will be available for you.
Now you need to place the converted file that you downloaded onto the memory stick of your phone. Make sure to place it into an already existing folder in the DCIM/ folder (ei: I placed mine in DCIM/110ssm), along with all the other pictures, because otherwise it will not be found. After you have saved it, on your phone open the ringer settings located under Settings->Sounds->Ringers->Voice Calls and select who you want to change the ringtone to. A choice of selections will be displayed, and you should pick “My Videos” and then “Memory Card”. Finally find the video file, and select it. If you converted an MP3 file, there will be a red X in the image because it has no video component. However the audio will work perfectly.
That is it, now you have your own custom ringtone! What is yours? I am using Asturias by Isaac Albeniz.