do some sites ask me to pay in order for them to send a new
ringtone to my phone?
Not all sites
ask you to pay for ringtones. It depends on their business
model. Some sites are ad-supported but those who ask you to pay
do it partly for profit, but also to cover the fees associated
with sending a "Smart Message" to your phone or to cover
copyright payments made to the copyright holder.
However, please do not necessarily assume that
a site that charges you for ringtones necessarily pays copyright
fees to the copyright owner - in fact, many don't pay copyright
fees and still charge a fee to their users. Web sites paying
copyright fees to the copyright owners usually clearly say so on
their home page.
Ringtones found on this site ("About Cell
Phones") are either of the public domain (classical music,
national anthems), thus free of copyright, or composed by Martin
Plante, our home ringtone artist, who gets paid copyright fees