Blast from the Past: OS5 ringtones available through BlackBerry App World

By Joseph Holder on 8 Nov 2011 03:36 pm EST

Remember "Ping Me Baby! (One More Time)" by Riz? That video up there might help jog your memory. The very first sound you hear in the video is an old OS 5 ringtone called Lightspeed. As much as you might like to have it as your very own, Lightspeed and a number of other older BlackBerry ringtones just aren't preloaded on newer OS 6 and OS 7 devices. Good luck trying to find those older 'tones on the internet; Research In Motion has been pretty diligent in keeping those sound files to themselves.

That's not to say that Lightspeed and the rest are gone forever. Thanks to a tip from CrackBerry reader Shane W, we now have a link to download them directly from BlackBerry App World. Previously, we've seen these sounds available as Over the Air (OTA) download from but getting them through App World makes things that much easier.

To me, more ringtones = more awesome. Each and every new message / phone call / Facebook notification can have its own sound on my phone. It takes a little getting used to - and occasionally my BlackBerry sounds like a Las Vegas slot machine - but it means I know exactly what kind of message I received just by listening. Add in a touch of OS 5 nostalgia, and you've got a recipe for greatness.

A quick note: once you've installed them using the App World application, the OS 5 ringtones will show up in your uninstalled applications. Whether that's a glitch or simply the result of installing an "app" that isn't an app, I don't know. Rest assured, Lightspeed and the rest will be in your ringtones folder, just waiting to tell you something new has happened on your BlackBerry.

Download OS 5 Ringtones from BlackBerry App World 

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Blast from the Past: OS5 ringtones available through BlackBerry App World


BlackBerry had a link to this same thing on their site that I fell upon after I upgraded to .374 on my 9930. It was fantastic to find those, and it's even better now that they made it easily accessible in AW. I hated the fact that they weren't pre-loaded on my 9930, and it's great to have them back. WIN!

Still available from site. Just downloaded as hate having uninstalled Apps in App World. Thanks for the heads-up.

same... Won't work with the browser.

But if use you appworld. Search for "Blackberry 5.0 Sounds" Then you can find it and download it.

Just go to home page and you can down load it from there. and yes sprints 9850 IS supported.

This is the first thing i downloaded when i got my 9860. The OS7 sounds are not very good and there aren't very many to choose from.

Funny...that's exactly the one I was looking for. Turns out maybe I'm not so unique after all. Could all those ABC After School Specials have been wrong?

Hey . In an unrelated topic , what happened to the BlackBerry Protect App ? I was looking for it only to find it was gone . ? .

you probably have it set to prevent its deletion. just search it in the universal search and it should come up. (thats how it is on my torch 98500

Protect is awesome; I would rarely backup (once every 4-6 weeks if I remembered) if not for Protect!

No wonder I couldn't find it . It says that it's not available for my device ? VZW 9850 . WTF ? It used to be supported . No ?

My torch 9850 has "light speed remix" which sounds exactly the same as light speed. why does no one else have it?

I was so excited to see this post and then I was told that my device is not supported. A Bold 9650. Are you kidding me RIM? Just one more reason to add to my list to get away from BlackBerry devices. They can't even get something this simple right. It's always the CDMA devices that get no love. Of course these ringtones will work on my device. Whoever set up this App World entry just forgot to add my device to the list of supported devices. So many little things, like this, are starting to infuriate me. I've been a loyal supporter of BlackBerry and defended RIM when all my friends were jumping ship to Android. Anyone reading this thinking "Wow...He's THIS upset over ringtones?!" You're missing the bigger picture. I love my BlackBerry. I just hate RIM. I hate the direction this company has gone in since 2008/2009. /rant

Wow, this is sad. I bought my 9550 brand new 20 months ago and my ringtones are being called classics now?

Does anyone know if the ringtones load into device memory, or can they be stored on the media card. My Bold 9700 running OS6 is app memory-challenged!

They load directly to the device memory like any other app, but they fully integrate themselves into the OS as if they were built in from the get go.

I've been looking around for these, thanks for the link. Download and install worked perfectly on my 9900 running .353 These are so good and take me back to my first BB ( a pearl of course!) especially the BB_Pro tones.

Ping me baby... One more time
I wanna see your face... Next to mine
Ping me baby... One more time
I wanna see your face... Next to mine
You and me girl we gat a special thing going on
Uh huh
I could just sit back and watch you ping me all day long
Uh huh
I love to see your BBM you know you gat me sprung
Cuz that's the way you let me know what's really going on
Beauty... Just like a Pearl
Body... Just like a Curve
Burning... Just like a Torch
Rockin'... Just like a Storm
Ping me baby...
One more time
I wanna see your face... Next to mine

I love you CB!!!! I missed these so much, and had no idea they were available! It is posts like this that make me love you even more. Thanks!!!!!

o5 ring tones from BB storm 2 9550 tried to scan to my new Z-10 through BB world not supported any help pls.