#289: Whispertone

It’s a fact that you can hear your own name being whispered, even against the background chatter of a roomful of people.

As I’ve mentioned before, it’s really disruptive if a mobile starts ringing suddenly…this is particularly true if you are sitting on a bus or train with people surrounding you who are trying to catch up on sleep.


Today’s invention is an alternative ringtone.

Get someone you trust, eg your mother, to record a short message into your phone: “Patrick, I need to speak to you.” This then becomes your ringtone whenever your mother is identified as the incoming caller by your phone. You can hear her saying your name, even though the volume is turned down really low, thus avoiding the opprobrium of waking everyone else up in the business meeting train.

This of course can be extended to everyone whose number is stored on your mobile.

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