Ringtone Manager: Students create app to silence phones in class

Central Florida students create app to silence phones in class

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With more than half of college students carrying smart phones, according to a recent survey, it's no surprise that professors are often frustrated by phones ringing during lectures.

But three college students from Central Florida think they have developed a solution.

"I was in an English class and a phone went off, and [the professor] literally walked up to the student, took his phone and threw it in the garbage," American Military University student and Winter Park native Jonathan Wachob said.

So he and two friends, Seminole State student Brandon Carpenter and UCF junior Ed Jezisek, decided to do something to silence those in-class ringers. They worked all summer on a smartphone app called Ringtone Manager.

The Android app allows students to input their class schedules at the beginning of a semester. Then, when the user is in class, the phone turns its ringer to silent. When class is over, the ringer automatically turns back on.

"They don't have to worry about a professor taking their phone and throwing it in the garbage." Wachob said.

The app sells for $1 in the Google Play market.

Their next goal is to create a version for business people that will connect with calendar applications and turn ringers off during meetings.

The three friends say they would like to create a version for the iPhone. But Jezisek says Apple's smartphone has restrictions that will not allow it right now.

A previous version of this story misspelled Jezisek's name. It has been corrected.

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