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Last week we asked what would make you switch to Hotmail What Would Make You Switch To Hotmail? [MakeUseOf Poll] What Would Make You Switch To Hotmail? [MakeUseOf Poll] Hotmail is still the largest webmail service out there, and Microsoft are definitely trying to keep their users happy, and maybe even get some new ones on board. The recent upgrades and changes to Hotmail... Read More . A little over half of the voters will not give Hotmail a chance, no matter what. The other half are either already using Hotmail or will consider switching.

Out of 654 voters, 51% will not consider switching to Hotmail for anything, 22% already use Hotmail and think it’s a good solution, 19% will consider switching if Hotmail puts their platform through a complete revamp and 8% want Hotmail to change their name before they will consider switching.

Full results and this week’s poll after the jump.

Almost 80% of the voters do not currently use Hotmail (at least not as their main e-mail provider), and most of these will never even consider switching. Hotmail might still be the largest webmail service, but not among MakeUseOf readers!

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This week’s poll question is: Would You Date Someone Who Leaves Their iPhone Ring On Default?

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We hear it around us all the time: that annoying/friendly iPhone default ringtone. Some people don’t care about these things or can’t be bothered to find out how to change the ringtone. Others feel that leaving the ring on default is almost like not naming your dog. Where do MakeUseOf readers stand?

Dates aside, how do you feel about that ever-so-familiar default ringtone? Does it drive you mad every time you hear it or do you think individualization in technology is way overrated?

  1. Anonymous
    October 31, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    Well, it's just a phone. What's wrong with it sounding like a phone?
    I've always liked marimba. Besides, I've yet to hear a custom ringtone, that is not annoying.

  2. Evert
    October 31, 2011 at 5:28 am

    I find ringtones annoying period... Chances are that if they haven't changed their ringtones they also haven't changed their default sounds so if they're on messaging applications I have to hear a blasted ping EVERYTIME there's messages between IM services.

    A cell should be on your person at nearly all times, chances are you can get back to messages or phone calls later, otherwise you should be able to feel it in your pocket. Do everyone else a favour and just put it on vibrate please.

  3. Andrew Swan
    October 31, 2011 at 2:01 am

    Don't know about the default ringtone but I'm wondering if I can ever date someone who owns an Android now :P

    • Will Robinson
      October 31, 2011 at 2:05 am

      Actually, that was good!

  4. Will Robinson
    October 31, 2011 at 2:01 am

    I'm with Jeff, but more along the lines of 'Why just iPhones?' - Really?!

    I remember when MUO used to be the prime source for reviews on decent free (or at least, cheap) software, yet lately we've got reviews on 'Most expensive gaming peripherals' and surveys on a phone half the planet couldn't afford in a lifetime.

    I'm sorry but I'm unsubscribing, I don't think I earn enough anymore...

    • Yaara
      October 31, 2011 at 7:36 am

      Hi Will,

      The reason I used iPhone in this question is because that's the default ring I hear most often around me. I think this it not necessarily because everyone has iPhones, but because people with iPhones are somehow more likely to leave their ringtone on default.

      This used to be exactly the same a few years ago with Nokia, only I don't hear those ringtones around me as much anymore, and we do try to be current. :)

      Sorry if the use of iPhones in the questions offended you, I don't own one myself either, it was a specific way to ask a general question.

    • Tina
      October 31, 2011 at 12:04 pm


      sorry to hear that you don't find our articles worthwhile anymore. Let me just say that not all of us own iPhones or buy expensive gaming peripherals. Moreover, free online tools, apps, and software are still our main focus.

      In any case, your feedback is important to us! If you would like to see anything in specific, please let us know and we can look into it.

    • Mark O'Neill
      October 31, 2011 at 12:43 pm

      Will, I'm the managing editor here and I would like to say that I am sorry you don't like MUO anymore.  

      The site (like all similar sites) evolves all the time and we are constantly trying out new features and new ideas to gauge reader reaction. We don't want to constantly be doing the same old stuff - we believe in giving readers maximum choice in what they read.  Some of the stuff works, some doesn't, but we still want to experiment.

      Part of that experiment is to try out paid apps and paid gadgets.  Our emphasis is still on free stuff but every now and then we want to throw in the occasional paid item if we feel it is the best tool for that particular job.

      I hope I can persuade you to stick around.  Feel free to email me at if you want to chat further.

    • Aibek
      November 1, 2011 at 9:41 am

      Hey Will,

      As Mark points out most of our article are still about free software. Only once in 1-2 weeks we post about something about paid stuff.


  5. Anomaly
    October 31, 2011 at 1:58 am

    If you care what ring tone a person uses and decide if you're going to date a person based on that  you are a fool.

    A better poll question would be "would you date an idiot who cares what your ring tone is?"

  6. SanchoGrubb
    October 31, 2011 at 1:42 am

    Default ringtones are certainly better than some of the strange shit some people want to call a ringtone.  If I want to hear Lady Gaga (or is it Lady Gag Gag?) I'll turn on the radio. 

  7. Johann
    October 31, 2011 at 1:26 am


  8. Anonymous
    October 30, 2011 at 11:42 pm

    I'm wondering if people who know what the default ringtones are for various phones actually date. Or is this a rhetorical question?

    • Jeff Fabish
      October 31, 2011 at 12:17 am


  9. Esteban
    October 30, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    Whenever I hear a default ringtone and is a decent phone, I can't avoid thinking "that phone is way over his/her head".

  10. Jeff Fabish
    October 30, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    What kind of a shallow, narrow minded, self important individual bases who they date on the premise of ringtone selections? 

    • Esteban
      October 30, 2011 at 10:52 pm

      troll is trolling.

      • Jeff Fabish
        October 30, 2011 at 11:06 pm

        It's an honest question. I like to judge people by their morality, personality, values, humor, talents, education and other attributes. Ringtones? I didn't even know that was on the drawing board. It's ridiculous to be honest. 

        Odds are good, if you're judging people by the ringtones that they use, let's face it...You're single anyway. You didn't have much of an option, but to not date them.

        • Yaara
          October 31, 2011 at 7:30 am

          Hey Jeff!

          You are absolutely right, of course. Being a tech blog, this poll wasn't really meant to find out how you judge people before you date. It's just a playful way to ask people what they think about default ringtones.

          I, myself, don't tend to judge people by their ringtones either. :)

        • Jeff Fabish
          October 31, 2011 at 1:54 pm

          It's not the article that bad, it was the responses (:

    • SuperBlooper057
      October 31, 2011 at 2:04 am

      You can tell a lot about a person based on their ringtone. If it's on default that means that  they likely don't care much about the phone, and therefore isn't interested in technology. If it's on samba music you know they are and idiot.

      Of course, if it's an iPhone, you can tell they're an idiot anyway.

      • Tina
        October 31, 2011 at 12:10 pm

        I don't care about my ringtone, I usually have the phone on vibrate. I'm definitely interested in technology and I like my phone, but I don't use it that much. It's great for internet and texting. I also use it as a backup camera and alarm. Oh, and it works as a phone, too. :) It can do much more, but I really don't need anything else.

        So much for superficial verdicts...

      • muotechguy
        October 31, 2011 at 2:47 pm

        I used to have the japanese cross-dressing pop-star (sorry, forget his name) remake of the numa-numa song as my ringtone...  What does that say about me?

        [For those who actually want to hear it - ]

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