Play Slate’s Nostalgic Ringtones Quiz

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July 10 2013 2:04 PM

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Ringtones used to be as diverse as they were annoying. In the heyday of ringtones in the early ‘00s, America was a cacophony of businesslike beeps, digital jams, and cringe-worthy MIDI symphonies. A few tunes stood out as particularly pervasive and/or especially irritating. Those iconic jingles conjure nostalgic memories of black-and-white screens and numeric keypads. In the quiz below, can you match each ringtone to the brand that both cursed and blessed the world with it?

Chris Kirk is Slate's interactives editor. Follow him on Twitter.


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