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Ring tone lock

I have a sony ericsson 580i and when ever i download a mp3 file to use as a ringtone it keep telling cannot use this file is there anyway around that it is a unlock phone but it is registered to at&t

I have a sony ericsson 580i that I just got. When I send it music via bluetooth, it accepts the files, but then does not let me use them as ringtones. I have tried MP3s, M4As, and WAVs.

Why is this? Can I do something to fix it? I am so sad that this phone won't let me have happy music ringtones for my friends.

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  • shirleybell Mar 18, 2008

    I have the same problem. All I want to do is download some songs and use them for ringtones and my phone won't let me. So how do I zap my phone so I can do this??

  • kierryl Mar 28, 2008

    I have a sony ericsson w300i that apparently was the first generation of phones to have this copyright protection that locks downloaded music to be used as ringtones. To fix this, go to websites and look for a software called DRM packager. This software will allow you to convert any music and copyright it to allow the phone to play your songs as a ringtone. Hope this helps.

  • Cadychan Apr 08, 2008

    I had a similar problem with my Sony Ericsson w300i, and the DRM packager worked like a charm. Now, my phone broke about two weeks ago, and I'm using an older SE z310a. I've managed to get everything to work concerning file transfer, and I even used the DRM packager, but it STILL won't let me use my mp3 ringtones. Is there a small detail that I'm missing?

  • heartsdoor May 27, 2008

    Same problem and I don't have any clue as to how to go about the suggested solution. Any more details?



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The problem here is the firmware/software running on your phone. It is restricting the use of files you personally downloaded as ringtones. The solution to this is to flash your phone with unbranded generic firmware.

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