A cheaper alternative to buying a ringtone of someone clearing their throat is to record your own ringtone. Most basic-phone users should be able to do this by creating a voice memo, saving it in the recordings folder, and then assigning that recording as the ringtone. Android users can download the Ringdroid application, and iPhone users can make their own as well (see "Don't Pay for Ringtones" in "14 Ways to Supercharge Your Smartphone").
Next: Unify Your Communication
Unify Your Communication
Google Voice can perform other nifty tricks, such as unifying your work, cell, and home phones. The free service gives you one phone number that automatically rings all your other phone numbers at once. As soon as one of your phone lines answers, the other lines stop ringing. (For more, see "Hands On With Google Voice.")
You'll find tons of other Google Voice features, too, including the ability to share voicemail with other users, to screen callers, and to start a conference call. The service also offers free SMS and custom voicemail greetings, and you can even record a call to play back later.
Most Android phones come with the Google Voice application preinstalled; other smartphone owners, including iPhone and Blackberry users, can go to the Google Voice Web app at m.google.com/voice to make phone calls, send an SMS, or read voicemail transcriptions.
Find Your Lost Phone
As more households ditch their landlines and come to rely 100 percent on mobile phones, an unforeseen problem has emerged: With no kitchen phone around, people no longer have a way to call their misplaced cell phone and wait for it to ring from between the couch cushions or under the bed.
That's where the free Web service WheresMyCellPhone.com comes in. Visit this site and type in your cell phone number, and the Website will call your phone for you. Just follow the ring to find your handset. (For more advice on dealing with a missing cell phone, see "What to Do When You Lose Your Tech Gear.")
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