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Monday, March 05, 2007

RIM Blackberry – How to upload ringtones & audio – Step-by-Step (with pictures)

In a slight change from other how-to guides, manuals, and tutorials that I have recently put together with specific photos from the RIM Blackberry 8700c (8700) phone – this tutorial will not make use of the USB cable. Rather, because it is the quickest and easiest way for you to get an audio file or ringtone (ring tone) is wirelessly using WAP. This tutorial will cover how you can transfer the ring tones to your RIM Blackberry 8700c or other similar Blackberry deivce. No USB cable or drivers required!

This guide is compatible with or the compatibility includes: BlackBerry 7750, BlackBerry 7510, BlackBerry 7280, BlackBerry 7780, BlackBerry 7130e, BlackBerry 8700g, BlackBerry 8700r, BlackBerry 7100t, BlackBerry 7100v, BlackBerry 8700v, BlackBerry 7230, BlackBerry 7250, RIM 957, BlackBerry 8700f, BlackBerry 7100g, BlackBerry 7520, BlackBerry 7130c, BlackBerry 7105t, BlackBerry 7290, BlackBerry 7100i, BlackBerry 7130g, BlackBerry 7100x, BlackBerry 7100r, BlackBerry 7130v, BlackBerry 8700c, BlackBerry 8707v, RIM 850, BlackBerry 7730

There are two key dependencies that you will want to take note of in order to be successful implementing this tutorial:

The first is that you must use a program such as MP3 Cutter (download here) in order to prepare your MP3 file for upload. There are two key limitations that you need to be aware of when you prepare your MP3 for upload. They are that it must be less than 30 seconds in length and less and 300kb. This tutorial will not cover the use of the MP3 Cutter program, however if you run into any issues – let me know.

The second is that you need to have data enabled on your cell phone. This guide will require that you download the file to your computer over your browser / WAP connection. Depending on your plan, there may be additional data charges from your provider. However, assuming you have Blackberry, it should already be enabled. (Cingular, T-Mobile, AT&T Wireless, Verizon, Sprint)

Here is the step by step.

1. Prepare your MP3 audio file to be less than 30 seconds and less than 300kb.

2. Save your modified MP3 file on your computer. For this particular example, I have cut 8 seconds of the Beastie Boys’ Johnny Ryall as Johnny_Ryall.mp3.

3. Browse to, click on the ‘Click here to upload your files now >>” link.

4. Either enter the location of your file, or click on the ‘Browse’ button to locate the modified MP3 file on your computer. Click on ‘Upload’.

5. will provide you with as item code to access your upload.

6. On your Blackberry 8700c, go to the browser and browse to

7. Enter the item code that you were given in step number 5.

8. Download the MP3 file to your RIM Blackberry 8700c.

9. The RIM Blackberry media player appears where you can test the MP3.

10. Save the tone to your phone by click on the wheel --> save and it is now ready for use!

11. Return to the main menu and scroll to the Profiles icon and click.

12. Choose the profile that you want to modify and click on 'Edit'.

13. Choose the type of alert that your want to modify and click.

14. Select 'Tune' and click then select 'Change Option' and the new file that you save should show in the drop down list. Congratulations, you are done!


Anonymous said...

Many thanks Ken - didn't find that kind of detailed explanation in the spartan Blackberry manual...
Cheers, MVP

Anonymous said...

Hey Ken, I realize that this post is somewhat old but I tried to do it and the wap website no longer active. And also, is this compatible with the Pearl? If not can you post or send me instructions?