Sunday, 7 November 2004
|0907 - Phone geekery|
A while back, I picked up a USB cable for my Kyocera SE44 Slider phone. I hadn't had a chance to play with it till last night, though.
I'm glad I did. The SE44 (as with most current Qualcomm-based phones) can play MP3 ringtones, as long as they're 16kHz sample rate, mono, and 24kbps data rate encoded. There's a program out there called bitpim that will talk directly to the filesystem inside the phone. Easy, right?
I fired up Audacity and made up a 45-second MP3, properly encoded, of a dramatic sequence from the original ending theme to TRON. That's where the trouble started: The OS X version of bitpim wouldn't talk to the phone at all. I fired up Virtual PC, installed the Windows version of bitpim, and talked to the phone - once. It took me an hour to discover that I have to completely exit and restart Virtual PC before I could talk to the phone a second time. That done, I downloaded the ringtone, tested it, and went to bed.
This morning, I realized I needed to remake the ringtone: I'd forgotten to cut the volume of each of the two stereo tracks in half before mixing down to mono. I redid that, then made another of a 30-second segment of The Animaniacs Suite with a very nice orchestral rendition of the theme, and downloaded both to the phone.
Now, personal contacts will play the Animaniacs theme, and business contacts will play the TRON theme. Life is good.
I may pick yet another song - probably an Alan Parsons instrumental - to use for unclassified contacts, but that can wait a while.
current mood: geeky
that's the coolest thing, ever. I so want my phone to play Dead Man's Party...
I guess it depends on the phone. I was able to get my PC to talk to my Samsung A-620 phone, but I couldn't really do much with it other than look at the filesystem and say, whee, my phone has a filesystem. However, I didn't have the problems with connecting and disconnecting that you're seeing. I have, though, reliably used my A-620 to connect to the Internet from my Mac while staying at hotels that charge per-minute rates for local phone calls.
Was this with bitpim? If so, then you can probably add a ringtone. Take a .mid or a .mp3 (encoded as I mentioned) and upload it to the phone in the user/sounds/ringers (or similar) directory. It should appear in your phone's ringtone list.
Way cool. Would that I had a cell phone capable of that.