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    Google Secures Patent on Ringback Ads


    If it isn't one thing, it's another. Google recently patented a strange, but potentially polarizing idea on a new way to deliver automated phone ads. It's called "ringback adverts" and the concept is born because Google, just like consumers, doesn't really like phone ads as they are now. Basically, instead of getting automated phonecalls from solicitors that you didn't want calling you in the first place, you would hear ads when calling out. This would be instead of the usual "ringback" sound you hear while waiting for the other party to answer.

    At first ponder, this doesn't sound like too bad of an idea... instead of hearing an annoying ringback tone, you hear ads looping, which may or may not be more interesting than the ringback sound. However, I can see some folks being frustrated with this for two reasons. One, it could make you feel as if you are being held captive by the ads, just like all the annoying commercials at the beginning of movies in the movie theater, or when you buy a Blu Ray or DVD that has an ad that you can't skip at the beginning. Two, more than likely, unless some law comes out stopping active call-out telemarketing altogether, this type of advertising would likely not replace the old version, but simply be "in addition to it".

    How's that for the evolution of ads? Thanks Google.

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    Well it was bound to happen. One more step towards Idiocracy.

    If/when it does come to fruition, I'd imagine that someone will develop an ad-blocking tool to counter it.
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    Ringback ads? No, I don't like it.
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    I'd have to say that if they are putting ads for your ringback tone, you should be getting something out of it. I know I wouldn't give anyone permission to do it. What about people that pay for a custom ringback tone. Would those get overwritten. Give me a discount on my bill, sure, you can put ads on my ringback tone.
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    Well, no one ever said ALL of Google's ideas were good. They're a money hungry business just like any other. They just have enough good ideas to often make the majority of us look the other way. I think they typically call that bribery. *ahem*
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    yep, they "bribe" you with this great Android system so you learn to love the company, then they'll say "Android isn't making us enough money, so you're going to hear ads now"

    Though, I hope they implement it this way instead: license it to businesses that have support lines. Instead of hearing "on hold" elevator music, hear ads that the company gets paid to use. The only thing is, I can see businesses saying "with the new ad system, keep them on hold for a minimum of two mins, that way we can generate some revenue while we're 'busy helping other customers'. They won't know the difference".

    In reference to above comments: I don't think Google *currently* has the power/authority to change the ringback tone of consumer phone lines, since you pay VZW/your carrier to change this. They'll probably implement this first on Google Voice numbers I bet.
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    If they want to put ads within a phone call... i.e. the moment I hit send to the moment I hit end... then I should get a share of it - b/c I'm paying for that time. They have absolutely zero right to interfere with that time, IMHO.
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    Great, just what we need...more ads shoved down our throats.
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