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What your ringtone on your phone says about you

I used to have "Our house" by the group Madness, as a ringtone, but recently I went back to using the standard AT&T ringer. I don't know why, I just did. But, what other people could you think of that could use ringtones to say what they do?

I bring this up, because I was talking about ringtones with someone when we heard a news report about an arsonist who was arrested, and wondered if we called him right now, would we hear "Burning Down the House" by the Talking Heads coming from his pants pocket.

Think about it, a funeral director could use "Dead Man's Party" by Oingo Boingo, car dealers could use, "Drive my Car" by the Beatles. A Doctor could use "Bad Case of Loving You" by Robert Palmer... You know how it starts..."Doctor, Doctor, give the news...

So, help me establish a list of the songs that best fit what profession.

 

 

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Comment balloon 52 commentsRespect Realty LLC • March 27 2008 10:23PM

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Because I'm a quirky girl, I have quirky ringtones.  One agent in my office said to me that she felt it was unprofessional to have anything other than a plain ring tone, and I said that frankly, I think it's boring and I'd rather have personality than to be professional.  She now has a music tone.  ha!

I pick tones for the season, or for my mood, rather than "profession."

Right now, it's The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly because it's an awesome sounding music and reminds me of my favoritest movie.

Other times, I have had:

Halloween (that gets LOTS of comments)

Hawaii 5-0 (book em, Dano) 

Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer

The Pink Panther

James Bond Theme

Loony Tunes (hubby says this one is the best one.  wonder why?) 

Posted by Karen Rice, Northeast PA & Lake Wallenpaupack Home Sales (Davis R. Chant, REALTORS) over 10 years ago

Todd,

You're bragging about your 'disk jockey' past and extensive music collection...I have The Notre Dame fight song!!! :^) Thanks,   Fran

Posted by Fran Gaspari, "The Title Man" - Title Insurance - PA & NJ (Patriot Land Transfer, Inc.) over 10 years ago

Psychiatrist-"they're coming to take me away"

Watchmaker-"Too much time on my hands"

Drunk Driver-"I walk the Line"

Realtors in this market-"I Will Survive"

whoknows

Posted by Mark Hawley (Keller Williams Realty) over 10 years ago

 

I always liked the ring on the phone in the movie "In Like Flint" .  1960's movie with James Coburn.

 Just don't wan tot wast the bucks on a tone.

 

Ralph

Posted by Ralph & Susan Alvarez, Real Estate Agent Las Vegas NV (REMAX Benchmark) over 10 years ago
Todd:  I have the Beatles " Hello, Goodbye".  Not real estate related but seemed like an appropriate ringtone.
Posted by Roberta LaRocca, REALTOR®, Broker, Salesperson, Property Management (Simply Vegas Real Estate) over 10 years ago

Fireman - "Fire Water Burn" (the roof, the roof, the roof is on fire!)

Of course,

Cops - "Bad boys, bad boys, whatcha gonna do... whatcha gonna do when they come for you..."

Respiratory Therapist - "How do I breathe without you?" Leanne Rhimes

Animal Control - "Who let the dogs out"

Rock climber - "Hanging by a moment"

Posted by Joel Weihe, Helping you to use your VA home loan benefits (Realty World Alliance) over 10 years ago

MARK!  Ah! Sooo Funny!  Ringtone for Realtors "I will survive" LOL! Wow! That is the silliest comment yet...well anyway I do not plan on using a ringtone on any phone...I use my voice inflection and give my daily schedule on my voice mail so my customers here in Delaware know what I am doing on a day to day basis.  Hope that helps!

Tom Davis DE Realtor

Posted by Tom Davis, FREE Delaware Homes Search!, $$ Save $$ - Find Homes! Delaware Realtor (Harrington ERA,DE Homes For Sale, $$ Save $$ Buy Today !) over 10 years ago
LOL, you crack me up!  Now I need to think of some good ringtones....
Posted by Marlene Scheffer, Realtor to Kitsap County, WA (Realty Station) over 10 years ago

Sheree gets it!!  rofl

Cardiologist- "Ache-y Breaky Heart"

UPS guy- "Stand & Deliver"

Divorce Lawyer- "You give love a bad name" or "Why do fools fall in love"

Weatherman- "Here comes the rain again"

Sewer Worker - "in too deep"

 

Ok..I'll quit now.. headslap

 

Posted by Mark Hawley (Keller Williams Realty) over 10 years ago

On a separate note, I have noticed that I tend to look at people a bit differently when I hear a crazy song coming from their phone.  Madness' "Our House" would not qualify as crazy, just fun.  I have heard unrecognizable hip hop songs from agent phones - professional?

Posted by Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653) (Austin Texas Homes, LLC) over 10 years ago

Todd,

What career would choose, "Does your chewing gum lose its flavor on the bedpost overnight?" Thanks,   Fran

P.S. Or how about, "Zombie Jamboree"?

Posted by Fran Gaspari, "The Title Man" - Title Insurance - PA & NJ (Patriot Land Transfer, Inc.) over 10 years ago

I have different ringtones for different callers on my phone. Such as:

Stef: "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun"

My Hubby: "Cuppy Cake"

My primary ringtone is Ozzy's "Dreamer".

One for this profession....hhmmmm....lets see..."Respect". That's it!

Posted by Lissa Uder, Your Lebanon MO Real Estate Agent (RE/MAX Next Generation, LLC) over 10 years ago
How about The Rolling Stones - You Can't Always Get What You Want!
Posted by Shannon Aldrich, NH & Maine Real Estate Seacoast (Keller Williams Coastal Realty) over 10 years ago

Todd - how do you get these ideas? you have now started us all thinking. I do not like ringtones so i use the one programed to my phone that sounds like a telephone ringing.

Mail Carrier - Please Mr Postman - The Beatles

Posted by Judy Tuscano, NH Real Estate Professional (Prudential Verani Realty) over 10 years ago

Anesthesiologist - "mr. sandman, bring me a dream!"

 

Posted by Joel Weihe, Helping you to use your VA home loan benefits (Realty World Alliance) over 10 years ago

I used to work with an escrow officer who is prone to emotional outbursts.  Her ringtone?

Patsy Cline's "Crazy"

My brother turned 50 and bought a Harley Davidson- "Born to be wild"

Good stuff!  :4:

Posted by Shannon Ziccardi, A+ Mobile Notary/"A Quick Note" (A+ Mobile Notary / "A Quick Note") over 10 years ago

I have always stayed with the standard ring too. Probably because of the many times I have heard phones ring with something that sounded unprofessional or just downright unpleasant.

Who knows? Maybe if I go on vacation I'll set my ringer to something "wild and crazy". In the meantime, I'll just listen to music when I want to.

Besides, if I liked the song so much, why would I answer the phone? I'd just listen to the song until the call got sent to voicemail. What good is that?

Posted by Benjamin Clark, Buyer's Agent - Certified Negotiation Expert (Homebuyer Representation, Inc.) over 10 years ago
Todd - my first thought was "Take this Job and Shove It"...... I have a demented mind.   That might be a good ring tone for "no caller id" incoming calls that are usually telemarketers calling us on our cell phones.
Posted by Christine Bohn, The Bohn Team, Gainesville FL (RE/MAX Professionals) over 10 years ago
Todd- I have a different song for each one in my family (each one's fav) of course my daughter's is a Fall Out Boy didee. My husband has my voice recorded on his for when I call and I am abnoxiously saying "pick up your phone pick up your phone." (just like real life!)
Posted by Lori Franks, Brookings, Oregon (Real Estate Consultant) over 10 years ago
This is a very interesting topic!  I have separate ringtones for friends, real estate, unknowns, etc.  I never had the chance to download different ringtones so I just went with what came with the Treo.  I have Blues 12 Bar for friends - okay, for those of you with a Treo go find it and listen.  I now have the ringtone known as the stripper ringtone.  Everyone that hears it kinda gives me a funky look - i just smile and wave....WHO KNEW?
Posted by Leesa Finley, RED Properties - Raleigh NC Real Estate (RED Properties) over 10 years ago
I believe ringtones are personal and show the creativity of the user.  It shouldn't make any difference what anyone thinks, as long as you the user pays the bill!!
Posted by Ann-Marie Clements, M.S. Ed., Innovative Proactive Principal (Dubai International School, UAE) over 10 years ago
IT gurus - Styx -Mr. Roboto :-)
Posted by Michael Thompson over 10 years ago
Todd - I set a funny Rap ringtone on my business partner's cell phone, but he had to change it because too many clients were giving him dirty looks. I have the "24" ringtone set up on my phone right now. 
Posted by Ryan Martin, Bellingham Commercial RE Broker (Windermere Real Estate / Whatcom Inc.) over 10 years ago
I have FloRIda's 'Low" on my Iphone--as a broker nearing 50, my agents under 35 think I am REALLY cool!  My daughter has a ringtone on her phone of a mom nagging--do your hair, brush your teeth, go to bed, get off the phone--for when I call!!
Posted by Mary Anne Payne, ePro, Associate Broker (Keller Williams Realty) over 10 years ago

Hey Todd,

I have basic ringtones on my phones right now.  You have inspired me to change them!

My last phone had a very cool guitar rift for a ring tone.  That got people's attention.   I once kept the standard ringtone on my phone.  One day a phone rang at the office, four of us jumped - that was when I knew I had to change.

Let's see...

Anesthesiologist - 'Wake Me Up before You Go Go'  Wham

Postal Worker - 'Handle with Care'  Travelling Wilburies

 

Posted by Laurie Logan, South Central WI Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty, Inc., Broker Associate) over 10 years ago
I have an agent that uses "She works hard for the money" for calls from her family. Occasionally, it will ring when a client is present - everyone laughs and thinks it's appropriate for what we do.
Posted by Debbie DiFonzo, Lebanon MO and Buffalo Missouri Real Estate (Debbie DiFonzo - United Country VIP Realty, SW Missouri) over 10 years ago

Gosh:  My sisters ring-tone for me is "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun!"   

My main ring-tone is "All I wanna do is have some fun!" 

I have thought about putting "Dirty Deeds (done dirt cheap)" on my phone, as I had to Notarize the darn things all day long... and it seems like a lot of closings I have had in the last few months have been those for Divorced individuals that had to sell their property due to the Divorce.  LOL! 

Sometimes I wonder about my own sense of humor....  maybe I need a shrink!!

Posted by Stefanie Sexton (Unavailiable at this time) over 10 years ago

My sister has - Who are you? By the Who. 

Posted by Virginia Parker, Magnolia Texas Real Estate (Realm Real Estate Professionals-Magnolia) over 10 years ago
I like, she works hard for her money..is that not the truth, especially now days.  I am going to change my ringtone tomorrow to something personable and funny.  See what kind of attention I get! Keep up the great postings.
Posted by Anonymous over 10 years ago

Todd, I'm not really into the whole crazy song ringtone thing.  I've got my phone set to an old fashioned phone ring.  It actually sounds like a traditional phone way back before all the bells and whistles.  No standard company jingle, no electronic sound, no music, but a good old RING.

I always find it funny to hear a song coming from someone's phone and always think about breaking out in dance... 

Jamming to the ringtones! And believe it or not, my graphic down below says "jamberry" 

Posted by Brian Block, Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate (RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President) over 10 years ago
I like the idea of ring tones.  I have some to identify friends and family but I do need to put one for normal calls.  I think I want to put "Our House: Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young.
Posted by Scott Guay, Associate Broker. Ocean City and Ocean Pines MD (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services PenFed Realty) over 10 years ago

I have "Eye of the Tiger" for all of those Rocky wannabees, plus it puts a smile to my face when answering, which, IMHO comes across.

Dick Beals

Posted by Dick & Sandy Beals (Wilmington Real Estate 4U Wilmington, NC) over 10 years ago

I know a Realtor that has the ring-tone of Money by Pink Floyd. I don't think that sends a very positive message to clients. Mine is a calm ambient ditty that most people say is soothing. When your phone rings a lot you don't want something loud or potentially annoying to the client you are with.

;)

 

Posted by Betina Foreman, Realtor, C.N.E., with WJK REALTY (WJK Realty) about 10 years ago

Karen - Is it wrong to have "Our House", "Brick House" or my favorite... "They're coming to take me away"

Fran - No one is perfect. (ROFL)

Posted by Respect Realty LLC, Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate (Respect Realty LLC) over 9 years ago

Mark - I had the "They're coming to take me away" for the longest time... It seemed so fitting for me.

Ralph - I loved "In Like Flint" that movie was awesome and I think it had a lot to do with James Coburn though and less of the plot of the movie itself.

Posted by Respect Realty LLC, Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate (Respect Realty LLC) over 9 years ago

Roberta - I love the Beatles, yet I've never had one for a ringtone.

Sheree - What about "You take my breathe away" Berlin? Do you think "Free Fallin' by Tom Petty would be a bad one for a rock climber?

Posted by Respect Realty LLC, Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate (Respect Realty LLC) over 9 years ago

Tom - Interesting idea, what do you do on your day off? Thanks for calling, I'm sitting in my underware right now watching football, please leave your name and number and I will call you tomorrow when I'm dressed for the day.

Marlene - There are endless choices out there, promise!

Posted by Respect Realty LLC, Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate (Respect Realty LLC) over 9 years ago

Mark - Nice!

Jason - Oh, I would want rap coming from a phone... But, Madness was an awesome group and that was a fun song!

Posted by Respect Realty LLC, Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate (Respect Realty LLC) over 9 years ago

Fran - Only if you worked for Trident.

Lissa - Respect, we are going to get that anytime soon. One of my clients just set a ringtone for me about a house from some new group I have never heard of.

Posted by Respect Realty LLC, Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate (Respect Realty LLC) over 9 years ago

Shannon - That would be a great song when it comes to pricing or for buyers looking for a home.

Judy - You programed to sound like a phone? What is wrong with you, don't you know it is a phone? (Wait, you are the sane one)

Posted by Respect Realty LLC, Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate (Respect Realty LLC) over 9 years ago

Sheree - I could use that right now...(LOL) What about "Mama said Knock you out" by LL Cool J

Shannon - I'm not sure I would like a phone that would just start rining for no reason, that would drive me nuts.

Posted by Respect Realty LLC, Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate (Respect Realty LLC) over 9 years ago

Benjamin - Maybe that is why they have them, they don't want to answer the phone... 1/2 don't anyway.

Michael - Come on... Date music has to be either Barry White or Marvin Gaye, there is a law you know.

Posted by Respect Realty LLC, Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate (Respect Realty LLC) over 9 years ago

Christine - I've had some sellers I would love to send that song too!

Lori - I'm not sure I could handle the one of my own voice or even saying "pick up the phone over and over" Heck half the time I'm trying to find it.

Posted by Respect Realty LLC, Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate (Respect Realty LLC) over 9 years ago

Leesa - When I wrote this I really hadn't done one yet, but I have discovered it is fun!

Ann-Marie - Interesting way of looking at it, but it shouldn't offend others.

Posted by Respect Realty LLC, Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate (Respect Realty LLC) over 9 years ago

Michael - I love that song!

Ryan - You are mean!

Posted by Respect Realty LLC, Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate (Respect Realty LLC) over 9 years ago

Mary Ann - How could your daughter do that? Oh, that is mean even if it is the truth or not.

Laurie - I like your Anesthesiologist one!

Posted by Respect Realty LLC, Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate (Respect Realty LLC) over 9 years ago

Debbie - I like the "She works hard for the money" and the clients will get it also.

Stefanie - ROFL at AC/DC!

Posted by Respect Realty LLC, Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate (Respect Realty LLC) over 9 years ago

Virginia - That works, stupid private numbers.

Anonymous - I have a couple people that need a certain beck song "I'm a loser, so why don't you kill me"

Posted by Respect Realty LLC, Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate (Respect Realty LLC) over 9 years ago

Brian - What is wrong with dancing in public?

Scott - I need to work on some for some special clients with a sense of humor. I got some ideas for a couple.

Posted by Respect Realty LLC, Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate (Respect Realty LLC) over 9 years ago

Dick - I graduated Tigard High School - Home of the Tigers, so that song is special to us... I like you!

Betina - Why don't they just put on their ringtone... "Been caught stealing"

Posted by Respect Realty LLC, Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate (Respect Realty LLC) over 9 years ago

I looked this up to find out ringtones I could use. The only one that I came up with on my own (personally I'm an Aretha fan) was "This is the house that Jack built y'all, remeber this house" Gotta love some Aretha! Still trying to find some more creative tones. I've noticed in my office that ringtones with no words- just music (such as the good, bad, and ugly) seem to be popular. Maybe I can find some Elvis, Journey, or Kinks type of music. People love the oldies!

Posted by Kelsey DeChaine over 6 years ago

Since I wrote this one there are now ringtone creators. You take the song and the software makes it in to a ringtone file. Real easy to use!

Posted by Respect Realty LLC, Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate (Respect Realty LLC) over 6 years ago

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