Ringtone.net was started in 1998 by Andy Clarke whilst working for Orange PCS Ltd in the UK. Andy has worked in the Telecoms industry for 25 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.

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 here for "pre" ringtone.net days.

In July 2004 we made the difficult decision to shutdown the site due to increased number of publishers who were not allowing their works to be used as ringtones. Due to massive public demand we opened the site again in December 2004  our new mobile multimedia services. All of our services are now powered by MediaPlazza which means we have no involvement with the MCPS or PRS as the ringtones are now sent from outside the UK by a third party who manage all of the royalties for us.  With much more content and supported handsets! 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. If there are any clever copyright lawyers out there...give me a call...... :o)

Andy

 To contact us or arrange an interview please click here.

 



I know I didn't invent it as some of the TV news items state, but I was definately there at the beginning!!

Big Breakfast Video 29th October 1998
© 1998, Planet 24. All rights reserved.
BBC West Interview Video 26th October 1998
Video © 1998, BBC TV. All rights reserved.
Central News Interview Video 26th October 1998.  © 1998, CARLTON. All rights reserved.
Streetwise. 1998
© 1998, Meridian (ITV). All rights reserved.

What's The Story 23rd Feb 1999.© 1999, Channel 5 Ltd. All rights reserved.
Clare English's BBC Radio Scotland interview with Andy Clarke on Radio Cafe
29th March  2006
© BBC 2006
All rights reserved.

Gail Porter was so impressed with our ringtones she recorded Andy Clarke's voicemail for him.

Canada's CBC Radio 1 interview with Andy Clarke and CBC's Alan Neal. 
29th May 2002
© CBC 2002
All rights reserved.

John Rockley's Morning Show. January 2008
© 2008, BBC
 
The Citizen Article 16th July 2004.
© 2004, Gloucestershire Newspapers Ltd. All rights reserved.

The Citizen Article 20th December 2002.
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The Citizen Article 22nd April 2002.
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Daily Star
Daily Star Article 27th October 1998.
© 1998, Express Newspapers Ltd. All rights reserved.
 

Mobile News 27th May 2002
Reproduced by kind permission of Ian White, CWP Ltd  All rights reserved.
Daily Star 2
Daily Star Article 25th March 2002.
© 2002, Express Newspapers Ltd. All rights reserved.

Big Breakfast
Big Breakfast Stills 29th October 1998
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BBC Online NEWS Article.

The Citizen Articles 1998.
 © 1998, Gloucestershire Newspapers Ltd. All rights reserved.
 

Western Daily Press Article 26th October 1998.© 1998, Western Daily Press Ltd. All rights reserved.
 


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