Talk Like a Pirate

Arrrrrr’, on this Talk Like a Pirate Day, we be presentin’ one of our previous logs in pirate-speak. Tip o’ me cap to this translator.

(Pirate) WinChime RingTone: TracFoneV176

We be havin’ a TracFone v176 (GSM, Motorola) an’ wanted t’ add a WinChime ringtone t’ th’ handset, preferably at nay charge.

Generate a MIDI File

We know that this phone be capable o’ playin’ MIDI files directly. This can be verified by navigatin’ on th’ phone t’ Multimedia-> Sounds-> Clouds-> (Menu)-> Details-> Select, an’ noticin’ th’ file Type be “MIDI”.

WinChime allows us t’ generate a MIDI file, usin’ th’ currently selected program settings fer scale, wind, instrument, an’ so fore. Click WinChime menu File-> Save MIDI File As, enter a file name, an’ specify th’ number o’ notes in th’ file.

Usin’ WinChime, we create a unique file wi’ our chosen program settings: pitch, musical scale, an’ so fore. Since nay copystarboarded tune be used, we do nay steal from creative artists.


Send MIDI File t’ Cell

Before sendin’ a MIDI file t’ th’ phone as a message, we first wanted t’ explore th’ possibility o’ usin’ a data cable, t’ avoid th’ minor 1-2 unit charge o’ receivin’ an’ downloadin’ a message. Googlin’ fer “V176 data cable” does return some hits. (Well, t’ be objective, almost any cell-phone related search returns some hits.) Perhaps Motorola once manufactured a version o’ th’ V176 havin’ a port fer a data cable, but this handset purchased from TracFone certainly dasn’t be havin’ a data interface (unless ’tis also shared wi’ th’ headset jack– doubtful) an’ we disassembled jus’ t’ make certain:

Nope, nay place fer a data jack, although an empty spot on th’ bottom o’ th’ circuit board might be havin’ had space fer one in an alternate version.

We didna try usin’ a GSM SIM reader/writer, t’ be seein’ if we could transfer media files t’ th’ phone usin’ this interface. Has ere tried this wi’ a V176? Me guess be that SMS messages might be stored on th’ card, but nay MMS or media, so this probably wouldna work.

Send MIDI File t’ Cell — Try Again

This cell service provider provides a way t’ send MMS messages t’ TracFone phones from an e-mail account, addressin’ t’ . We sent a message, wi’ a WinChime-generated MIDI file as attachment.

Save th’ File as RingTone

Th’ phone received our message an’ could play th’ attached MIDI file. Click th’ “navigation” button, select “Save Content“, an’ use th’ file name “WinChime”.

At th’ cell phone top level menu, press “Navigate” button-> Multimedia-> Sounds-> WinChime-> “Navigate” button -> “Apply as Rin’ Tone“.

Our cell-phone now has a unique wind chime ringtone!


Future articles may explore WinChime ringtones fer other mobile providers an’ cell-phone models.

(copystarboard Sagebrush Systems, July 2007)

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