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  1. Banned
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    an audible indication that is heard on the telephone line

    Hello friends,

    A ringback tone (or ringing tone) is an audible indication that is heard on the telephone line by the caller while the phone they are calling is being rung.

    I think the word "ringback tone" or "ringing tone" are not common words among native English speakers because I they are not found in dictionaries.

    Do you use the words to refer to an audible indication that is heard on the telephone line by the caller?
    If not then what word you use for it?

    You know why I asked this question? For example, suppose that two guys are talking to each other.

    John: Hello Alex. Why didn't you call me?
    Alex: Hello John. Sorry about the yesterday. I don't know why my phone switched off after 3 ringbacks while I was calling you.
    John: Oh, ok no problem. I realized that something happened to you.

    I think "ringback" is not a common word to you native English speakers. what word you would use there?

    Source: self made general question
    Thank you
    Last edited by sb70012; 25-Oct-2013 at 18:47.

  2. probus's Avatar
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    The sound I hear when you call me is called a ringtone. But on my mobile I can also control what you hear when you call me. I can control the sound your phone makes to tell you my phone is ringing. That sound is a ringback tone. It must be a fairly recent coinage.

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