My Phone Coughs Politely

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I’m a bit old school when it comes to phones. I habitually leave my phone on vibrate. I never notice that it vibrates. This occasionally makes people mad. I do this mainly because I’m absent minded and don’t want to be that guy with the annoying phone going off.

The solution came to me the other day.

I needed a ring that doesn’t sound like a ring, something that’d be a normal sound in most places1. I can make custom ringtones for the iPhone in Garageband.

My phone now coughs politely2.

In case anyone else wants to sound vaguely sick, but maintain politeness, here is my cough ringtone as a m4a and as a m4r ringtone.


1 The mosquito ringtone would not work for me because it’s noticeable to kids. I want something unobtrusive to everyone.

2 My guitar still gently weeps. I’m unaware what other objects I own do.

Comments on this post

  1. Jim said on November 19, 2010 at 12:07 am

    This ringtone is kinda disturbing, I was hoping you would have something kinda of obnoxious like “Calliou eats babies.”

  2. Susan Carter Morgan said on November 19, 2010 at 7:42 am

    Ahhhh, I love this. Really.

  3. timstahmer said on November 19, 2010 at 7:56 am

    It’s probably just my own odd psychology, but it always bothers me when someone I’m talking to face-to-face interrupts the conversation to answer their phone (cell or otherwise). I’ve always felt that the immediate interaction is more important than almost any potential one. (Exceptions for pending births and other major medical issues. 🙂

    • Tom said on November 19, 2010 at 2:15 pm

      I’m on the same boat. I figure the cough sound is easier for both parties to ignore.

  4. Skip said on November 19, 2010 at 11:22 pm

    Should I be worried that the first thing that popped into my mind was how to hijack somebody else’s phone and save a ringtone of passing gas? I guess I’m showing my maturity…

    • Tom said on November 20, 2010 at 9:27 pm

      Sadly, we are in the same boat. I was thinking of a gag free app that would randomly change the default ringtones to something like that but not consistently. That would make denial even more difficult.

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