I recently acquired a shiny new Nokia 5140. The phone itself is fairly nice, but it comes with a decidedly uninspiring selection of ringtones. Thus, I decided to make my own. Also, I don't like the default sms tone -- mostly because everyone else uses it as well. Fortunately, the 5140 allows the use of an arbitrary ringtone as an sms tone.
I originally tried Rosegarden to create the MIDI ringtones, but that kept crashing my software midi drivers and causing nasty noises. I eventually gave up and downloaded a demo of Noteworthy Composer and borrowed a Windows box.
It took a while to find a decent mp3 to amr converter, but I eventually got my hands on MobileAMRconverter. It does the job, although it's Windows software.
My phone supports AMR, but I can't figure out how to make it recognise an AMR ringtone on the web. If anyone knows how, please let me know.
Setting up the website to get stuff via GPRS was fairly trivial. Fortunately my phone talks XHTML, so I didn't have to mess with wap. You can find it here. At the moment it's a quick php hack that generates links to all the files in the ringtones/ directory.
I've been looking for a decent portable ebook reader for ages now. Eventually, I found ReadManiac. It's not quite optimal (I still need to use a windows box to create the midlets and then it costs GPRS rates for big data to get it to the phone) but it does the job very nicely.
Still to do
- Figure out how to transfer AMRs by GPRS. I'm starting to wonder if this is even possible.
- Figure out how to get photos off the phone. Preferably without shelling out hard-earned cash for cables and such.
- Perhaps learn J2ME -- I'll need to think of something to use it for, though.