While I’m still a strong supporter of no ringtones at all, and just putting your phone into vibrate mode, it’s pretty clear that ringtones aren’t going away. So, then, what’s the purpose of a silent ringtone? At first this might seem like a joke – but it’s actually a pretty good idea. You can take the silent ringtone and set it as the ringtone for people you don’t want to hear from. The phone “rings”, but doesn’t alert you, and they end up going into voicemail. Of course, I don’t really see the point of paying for a “silent” ringtone, and I wonder whether or not most phones should (or do?) support that functionality already by having one of the choices in setting ring associations as “none.” I just checked the only phone handy that has ringtones, and it doesn’t have such a setting – but it should.