Ringtones That Only Kids Can Hear

Just imagine how much could be gotten away with...

Amongst all the high profile, industry first this industry first that occasionally something turns up where you simply think: “That’s kinda cool”. This is one of them…


From Opera Telecom comes the ‘Mozzy Ringtone’ which brings something rather unique to the table. Unlike the Crazy Frog which was designed to torment men, women, children, animals, vegetables and minerals the Mozzy is rather different by who it ”doesn’t” bother: adults.

Operating at 17 kilohertz the ring tone is apparently audible kids but near undetectable to grown ups because of age-related hearing loss. Developed according to the Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy, the Mozzy capitalises on the fact that after the age of 20 we all gradually lose our sensitivity to the highest frequencies (between 18 and 20 kilohertz).

Consequently, teens everywhere can set their phones up to use the Mozzy and parents can’t detect it meaning extended chats that are only picked up when a hideously large phone bill drops through the door and everyone under 18 in a two mile radius gets flayed alive.

At just £3 on top of a standard text message the Mozzy certainly strikes me as worth the experiment if only to torture granny one lazy Sunday afternoon. As for myself I actually find I ”can” hear the ring tone (unlike most of my friends) which means 1. Nightclubs are ”not” too loud, 2. Playing the guitar does ”not” have a detrimental effect on hearing and 3. Maintaining the mentally of a 16 year old has served me well…

Mozzy Tones

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