The “bubble bee” ringtone has been featured in like three successive Law & Order episodes. Apparently it is a new ringtone that adults cannot hear. The sound is super high and at a range that adults over and around the age of 30 can no longer distinguish. Of course I was super curious, much like my curiosity about Screeches new movie and something called a “Dirty Sanchez.”
Like most of my bad ideas, such as actually googling “Dirty Sanchez,” I went out to find an example of this ringtone and to see if I could, at 28, still hear it. Finally I found a MP3 version
and downloaded it.
I made sure the volume was super high on my computer speakers so that I could really hear it. I was actually nervous about not hearing it. I’m pretty sure that would mean that I am old.
Then it played. The whole apartment broke out into disarray. The cat began running in circles, meowing and the dog howled. AsianPixie came out to the computer screaming at me to shut the fucking thing off only to find me at the computer directly in front of the speakers holding my ears and rocking back and forth.
I can indeed hear the piercing ringtone. And now I have a headache.
This seems like an all around dumb idea. You get a headache every time your phone goes off or at least, I would imagine, you would desperately fumble to turn off the excruciating noise thereby negating the whole “no one knows about my phone” thing.
Also, it seems kind of stupid in a school setting where 99.9% of the people would be able to hear your phone, including teachers. Remember teachers graduate at age 22.
It wouldn’t be a winner on the job unless you work for AARP or the Social Security Administration.
I’m sticking with my “Check On It” ringtone. And when that isn’t suitable my phone comes with the latest in technology – it vibrates...a silent mode.
I like the vibrate setting because I enjoy when people call over and over again.(Here is another version of the MP3 and article)