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Topic # 3866 14-Apr-2005 16:47
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Why can't my phone play mp3s as ringtones?!

I paid enough for it yet this feature seems to be disabled or locked. I bought my K700i from vodafone. Did their branded software disable this feature or what?

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Reply # 14181 14-Apr-2005 17:14
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Yup, that's exactly what it is.

The debranded K700i firmware allows you to play mp3's as ringtones quite happily.




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Reply # 14182 14-Apr-2005 17:36
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Can I get this firmware upgrade from a site or do I need to go to a service center?

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Reply # 14185 14-Apr-2005 20:02

i believe you will legitimately struggle to cross brand your phone, however you can go to http://developer.sonyericsson.com and sign up and then download DRM packager that allows you to assign digital rights to your mp3s (doing this renames their extension also) and once you load them on your phone you should be able to use them as tones

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Reply # 14186 14-Apr-2005 20:06

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apologies i believe it is, i couldnt find it on the SE site so I just posted the link someone had posted on their forums. Well now you know where to look hopefully it helps.
I have the original from them somewhere maybe on the ipod but cant find it on the laptop

However it is a freely available file,

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Reply # 14187 14-Apr-2005 20:12
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Is this file the one supplied by Sony Ericsson Developer World?

If so, sorry I had to remove the post because of copyright issues with distribution or links to copyrighted material...




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Reply # 14188 14-Apr-2005 22:52
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I had this exact struggle with my T610 when I bought it Vodafone Live! branded. I fought tool and nail with both SonyEricsson and Vodafone. The bottom line is, they've done a deal with each other so you won't be able to get your phone debranded in New Zealand at any "offical" service centre.

However, there are a number of people (such as myself or on trademe) who offer debranding services, or you can do it yourself. To do it yourself will require a little bit of time and purchasing "credits" to use with a client program that will change the firmware of your phone, but if you're a true geek it's quite rewarding to figure out and do.




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Reply # 14210 15-Apr-2005 18:37
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This is ridiculous! I have the DRM packager and I uploaded the DM encoded mp3 to my phone, went to select 'use as ringtone' and it still says it can't be used!

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Reply # 14213 15-Apr-2005 23:07
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I'm fairly sure no matter what you do, the Vodafone firmware won't allow the use of MP3s for ringtones.

The reason for this is simple, if you can't use MP3s of your choice, you'll go to Vodafone Live! and pay $3 to download something crappy.

I know in some later versions of the K700i Voda branded firmware the DRM restrictions are a little more relaxed, but I'm not sure if this means you can use MP3s for ringtones or not.

Once you see an unbranded K700i you'll realise just what a horrible thing Vodafone firmware really is! :)

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Reply # 14237 17-Apr-2005 20:46
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Do what I do, record the songs in AMR. you can do that on an F500i so i suppose you can do it on an K700i




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