We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.
Advertiser Disclosure
Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.
How We Make Money
We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently of our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What is a Monophonic Ringtone?

By Shannon Kietzman
Updated May 17, 2024
Our promise to you
WiseGeek is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At WiseGeek, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject-matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

A monophonic ringtone is a type of ringtone that is only capable of playing one sound at a time. Ringtones are the sounds cell phones make when a person calls the cell phone subscriber. These ringtones can be modified and personalized in such a way that a specific ringtone sounds for a certain caller. For example, the cell phone subscriber may program the cell phone to use a monophonic ringtone of a happy and fun song whenever his or her best friend calls. The subscriber may also program it to play a romantic monophonic ringtone when his or her significant other calls.

The monophonic ringtone was the first type of ringtone available to cellular subscribers. Today, polyphonic and full music ringtones are also available. The polyphonic ringtone was the first to follow the monophonic ringtone.

Unlike the monophonic ringtone, the polyphonic ringtone can play more than one tone at a time. Both polyphonic and the monophonic ringtones, however, can only play tone based versions of songs. Although polyphonic ringtones can play up to 40 notes at a time and sound more like the actual songs they are mimicking, they still do not sound as good as full music ringtones. In addition, lyrics cannot be played with a polyphonic ringtone.

Full music ringtones are also referred to simply as music ringtones, or as true tones, voice tones, or MPS ringtones. Full music ringtones are far more advanced than polyphonic or monophonic ringtones. Full music ringtones are capable of playing the real song, complete with vocals and all musical accompaniments. This results in radio-quality ringtones that were not possible with the original monophonic ringtone.

Although the technology for ringtones has evolved greatly, some cell phones are still not capable of playing the full music ringtone. In fact, an older cell phone may only be able to play a monophonic ringtone. Also, some cell phone subscribers still prefer the sound of the monophonic ringtone. For those wishing to upgrade to a full music ringtone, however, is may be necessary to upgrade to a newer cell phone, as most newly released phones are created with the ability to download and play this type of ringtone.

WiseGeek is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.
Discussion Comments
WiseGeek, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

WiseGeek, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.