was started in 1998 by Andy Clarke
whilst working for Orange PCS Ltd in the UK. Andy has worked in Telecoms
for 33 years. Working for BT from 1982 to 1993 as an engineer, then
starting AK Mobile Communications in Gloucester which he sold in 1997.
Finally he joined Orange in 1997 and progressed to Test Manager for WAP
and Multimedia Services where he tested the very first Orange WAP call.
He left Orange in June 2001 to concentrate on ringtone.net and has been
providing Project Consultancy Services since 2003.
In October 1998 Andy appeared in
the Daily Star and on numerous TV programmes. He was advised by Orange and also
Planet 24 (Big Breakfast) to contact the MCPS regarding copyright issues.
He contacted the MCPS and enquired about setting up a ringtone scheme however
was told that clearance for each ringtone would be required thus
making the scheme unmanageable. He persevered and supplied technical information
to both Chris Yeadon and Rob Hanley of the MCPS and also a list of 10
ringtones that he thought would be popular.
The scheme was launched later in 1999 and has proved to be a huge success.
Andy's ringtones quickly became famous and his first
creations, Mission Impossible and The Simpson's gained much interest and have
been copied the world over. The domain ringtone.net was registered in March 1999 and
was the first UK ringtone delivery site and the second ringtone related domain
name to be registered in the world. The first ringtone domain only showed a
holding page in March 1999 so really ringtone.net was the worlds first ringtone
delivery site. Click
here to see the ringtone.net archives and
In July 2004 we
decided to shutdown the site due to increased number of publishers who
were not allowing their works to be used as ringtones.
Hindsight is a great thing and if I had realised this mobile craze would
be so big I would have never put all of my content on the web for free.
Most of the Worldwide cellular operators were selling my rendition of
the Simpsons and Mission Impossible.
Ringtone.net now specialises in Technology Project Delivery
internet radio at severnfm.com &
under a registered trademark with the UK Intellectual Property Office.
Ringtone.net Ltd is authorised by the CAA to
perform commercial operations (PfCO) with Small Unmanned Aircraft
Systems (SUAS/DRONES) and insured up to £5M for Public Liability.
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