9 Free Ringtones That Sound Like Real Phones

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You’re pitching the business case for your great money-making-and-saving idea. All the C-Level types are there. Then all of a sudden, you and everyone else can hear the strains of Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean. You didn’t turn the phone off before the meeting.

Who knew that your career would end to the song you moonwalked to at your junior high dance?

How about getting a ringtone that actually sounds like a real phone? Remember those Bakelite behemoth’s that used to hang on the kitchen wall or the rotary that sat in your dad’s den? Ahh, those were the good old days – when the Weather Channel was known as a window and a leaf blower was known as a rake.

With a good, “real phone” ringtone, you’ll probably find that you don’t get as many strange looks when that electronic ball and chain goes off in public. People are still used to the ordinary phone ring and find it less offensive than hearing about your humps, your humps, your lovely lady humps.

Here’s some of the best free, “real phone” ringtones I could find online. Most of them were found through forums where people said they made the recordings themselves. I presume since they put them on the forums, they are free and royalty free.

    Universal Phone Ring -

    This one should sound familiar to almost everyone as it is the phone ring used most often in old movies and TV shows. Thanks to Hollywood Lost and Found for this one.

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    Black Rotary Phone Ring -

    Sounds just like the one that your dad might have had in his office, doesn’t it? Those were the days.

    Candlestick Phone Ring -

    Ever seen those old phones where the earpiece hung on the main phone that looked like a candlestick? This is the ring from one of those.

    French Rotary Phone -

    Looking for that certain je ne sais quoi? This one is the ticket. C’est bon!

    Classic British Phone -

    I like the distinctive double-ring of the UK phones. Reminds me of old episodes of Coronation Street.

    Higher Tone UK Phone -

    Here’s the same kind of UK ring, but with a little higher pitch.

    Now for some famous classic phone rings…

    Maxwell Smart’s Shoe Phone Tone -

    This is the ring that Agent 86’s shoe phone made.  Yes, there was a TV show of Get Smart before the not-so-good movie.

    Our Man Flint/Austin Powers Phone Ring -

    This one is my favourite! It seems not many people under 40 know that the phone ring from Austin Powers was taken from the Our Man Flint movie, starring James Coburn. It was also a sort of spy-spoof movie.

    Counter Terrorist Unit on 24 Phone Ring -

    Apparently this is the ring tone from Jack Bauer’s CTU unit on 24. Honestly, I’ve never made it through a full episode of this show, but the ringtone is pretty cool.

If what we have here doesn’t fill your boots, there is one other really good source for classic real phone ringtones that I found over at BeepZoid’s Vintage Phone Ringtones. With over 60 different ringtones in MIDI, MP3 and iPhone formats, there’s a good chance you’ll find what your looking for.

What do you think of “real phone” ringtones versus all the clips and top 40 stuff out there? Got a favourite ringtone to share with us? Drop us a line in the comments below. I’ll have my people call your people.

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I’m currently using this ringtone from the movie Brazil:




Thanks very much for posting the real-sounding ringtones. I enjoyed several of them very much. However, I could not find a way to actually download any of them into my cell phone. Am I missing something? I would very much appreciate a reply email with instructions for downloading one or more of these ringtones into my cell. Thanks again so much.

Guy McDowell

Hi Lauren,

I don’t have your e-mail address so I can’t e-mail you. Basically, you would need a USB cable that is meant to connect to your phone and computer. There are almost as many ways to transfer ringtones from your computer to your phone as there are phone maker’s. Check your phones manual or the maker’s website for more details, please.




I am also interested in the 24 ringer. Could you please email the mp3 to me as well? I have a mac and cannot “file, save as” for some reason (vkfarrow@hotmail.com).




After opening: File, Save As

Madame Prettywig


USB cables are “one” of your options. If you have a bluetooth enabled phone AND bluetooth capability on your computer, you can send it via computer-to-phone & vice versa. If you don’t have bluetooth on your PC (or MAC) but have it on the phone, you’ll need to get a USB “bluetooth dongle”. They’re pretty cheap now ($2-10) & you have the choice of getting a “regular” size or mini dongle (both work the same). If you’re not sure how to use the bluetooth technology, you can refer back to your phone’s or USB bluetooth’s user manual. Anywho, hope this helps :)



The link to the “Universal Phone Ring” should be:



How about the Batphone, from the original Batman TV show? I remember trying to find it years ago, but was unsuccessful. Actually, I don’t even remember what it sounds like now…



The link for Universal Phone Ring points to UK_Phone.mp3 The link in the flash embed is correct.

Guy McDowell

Yep, the editors are getting on that.



I love ’24’ and I’ve had the CTU ringtone in my phone for a few years now. In fact this is the ringtone I’ve used for the longest time in my phone – and I don’t plan to change it soon ;)

Thanks for this collection! I always prefer “normal” ringtones to more psychedelic melodies.


Jennifer Java

Thank you so much for this! I’ve been wanting my phone to actually “ring” but until now, haven’t been able to find any downloads. I can’t wait to try the “high pitched UK” ringtone! And thanks to Lauren for asking what I was wondering, as well. ;)



If you can find the “Chirp” ringtone from the Bionic Woman TV show that failed that would be epic.



Hi Guy,

I submitted my email address, how can I download the “Black Rotary Phone Ring”?


You should be able to download it by right-clicking and choosing “Save Link As…” Or whatever the equivalent is on your operating system. Enjoy!



Love the British ringtone but how about the British cricket phone tone?


I’m not familiar with that one. It must be out on the web somewhere, though.

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