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Downloading ringtones from the Internet is a popular way to add new sounds to cell phones. With so many "third-party" ringtone download sites popping up, it pays to be choosy about what sites you use. Some Internet companies now offer free MP3 ringtones as a way to harvest cell phone numbers. Those cell phone numbers are sold to marketing companies and what starts off as a free ringtone turns into an annoying call from a telemarketer. When downloading ringtone files from a reputable cell phone service provider, your privacy is protected as spelled out in the terms of service in your cell phone contract. If you use services you can trust as your source for MP3 ringtones, you avoid the risk of having your private data sold to a third party.