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
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)
To contact us or arrange an interview please click
I know I didn't invent it as some of the TV news items state, but I was
definately there at the beginning!!