Vringo has been trying to revamp ringtones for quite awhile. They showed off a demo of their video ringtone solution a few weeks back and I was pretty impressed. Essentially it lets you assign video ringtones to contacts with some fun options to choose from. This is definitely a “Look at me” application.
Just imagine putting your Bold on the table when going out for drinks and suddenly a video starts playing when a friend calls. That exact scenario happened to me and was actually started quite a fun conversation. I am not sure how Vringo will monetize this application once it is out of beta but they are a pretty creative bunch.
You can download the BlackBerry Bold beta OTA at beta.vringo.com and send your feedback to [email protected]. The Vringo for BlackBerry Bold is still in Beta mode so users will need to manually set their BlackBerry’s ringtone to get it to function properly.
The videos are fun and you can sync ringtones with other Vringo users. If you get a call from a Vringo user in your contacts you will see their video ringtone. If you get a call from any other caller then you will see your default video ringtone. Your significant other may just appreciate when “Baby got back” starts playing when she calls… You can browse their catalog of free video ringtones and even convert your own videos into ringtones. So far I have not really seen a performance impact but it does take a tad longer for the phone to ring when it is loading the video and vibrating.
Let me know what you think!