I *hate* the ringtones business because it represents so much of what is wrong with the internet and wrong with people. Here’s one post about some of the millions of problems that plague the Ringtones Scam industry – a very sad excuse for a business enterprise.
However, with Apple jumping in to the Ringtones biz I’m hoping Apple may bring some standards because they don’t seem like a company that would do the Ringtones “business as usual” scam which is to offer what looks like a free ringtone and then hook unsuspecting or stupid teens into a “contract” that dings their parents cell phone bill indefinitely.
I’m ranting about this after running into a banner I clicked on out of curiousity which led to a “Zoltar Ringtones” scam with the fine print below the fold that, to the extent I could figure out what the heck it was saying, was going to bill me 5.99 per *week* plus other charges.
This is a dispicable industry, and it’s amazing to me that it has not yet been regulated appropriately. The solution is simple – nobody can enter into these contracts without a *written* signature from the credit card holder.