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  • Recording Telephone Calls

    Recording Telephone Calls

    I ve been recording my telephone calls since the mid-80 s so I think it s about time I write a tutorial on how to record your phone calls. There are a lot of different reasons you might want to record your phone calls. The obvious reason on this web site is comedy - recording funny prank calls so that other people can hear them. Maybe you re forgetful and just want to keep a record of your phone calls for later review. If you run your own podcast show, these recording methods work great for podcasting telephone calls. Or maybe you d just like to tap and record someone else s phone line, or even a public phone. This page should hopefully show you everything you want to know about tapping phones and recording phone calls.

    Laws on Recording Phone Calls

    Before we begin, you should know that tapping phones without permission is obviously very illegal. Recording a phone call, even your own, is possibly illegal too. This site does not condone breaking and state or federal laws when tapping and/or recording a phone call. There are state laws and federal laws that you should check before you start recording phone calls. A good source for checking this is Can We Tape which is a great guide to state and federal laws.

    The federal Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968, 18 U.S.C. Sec. 2510 et seq., prohibits the willful interception of telephone communication by means of any electronic, mechanical, or other device without an applicable exemption. In the absence of more restrictive state law, it is permissible to intercept and record a telephone conversation if one or both of the parties to the call consents. Consent means authorization by only one participant in the call; single-party consent is provided for by specific statutory exemption under federal law. 18 U.S.C. Sec. 2511(2)(d).

    That s just federal law. Your own state law might have stricter laws on taping. And if you re calling someone in another state, THEIR state might have even stricter laws on it. In the end, if you get into some kind of trouble over recording a phone call, they can use whatever federal or state law they want against you. Even if it s a state law from the state of the person you called and not your own state.

    Different Types of Recording Devices

    Speakerphone: If you don t want to spend any money, this is probably the cheapest possible way you can record phone calls. Use a speakerphone and set a tape recorder or your PC s microphone right next to it. It works and you might get some good quality recordings out of it. But as you know, speakerphones are annoying to the people you call and you have to take turns talking, as opposed to being able to talk at the same time with any other method. Instead of using a speakerphone, you should at least spend $5.49 on a suction cup microphone

    suction cup microphone
    Induction Coil Mic: This method of recording is nice because it s portable and can be quickly hooked up to almost any telephone, even a pay phone. You don t have to have access to the wiring of the phone, you just stick the suction cup on the back of your phone s handset and plug the other end into a tape recorder, stereo or your computer. If you have a phone handset that has electronics in the handset (i.e. the dialing keypad is IN the handset) then you might end up with interference in your recording. It s best to use the suction cup on a phone where the handset is separate from the rest of the phone. But if you don t have a choice, try positioning the suction cup in different places, like on the side of the handset or on the top. You can even stick it on the opposite side, where your ear normally goes, as long as you can still hear the conversation okay. If you do this, you ll probably need to wrap some tape around the suction cup and phone to hold it on. You can buy the suction cup phone recorder at Radio Shack for $5.49. The part number is 44-533 .

    in-line recorder
    In-line Recorders: This device has always been my favorite method of recording phone calls and has almost always produced the best quality recordings. An in-line recorder plugs into any phone jack in your house and will record phone calls from any phone on that same line. These are great for tapping lines - you could hide one of these in a closet with a tape recorder and nobody would ever know that their phone calls were being recorded. If your tape recorder has a remote jack on it, this device will automatically start your tape recorder each time a phone in the house is picked up. Then it will stop recording when the caller hangs up. Radio Shack carries 2 different models and I ve never been able to understand what the difference is between them. I own both of them and they both appear to do the exact same thing even though one is more expensive than the other. The expensive model is $27.49 and claims to be smart. The part number is 43-2208 . The cheaper model is $24.19 and it s part number is 43-228 . Go with the cheap one. Or buy this very similar product from

    in-line cassette recorder
    In-line Phone Cassette Recorder: This device works just like a regular in-line recorder but it has the added convenience of having a tape recorder built into it. You can either hook it directly into the phone line so it will record every phone in the house, or you can hook it to your phone s handset so that it only records from your phone. It can be activated by voice or it can just start rolling tape whenever a phone is picked up. I had a problem with the voice activation, though, because the first word would always be half cut off. It wasn t quite sensitive enough. These can also be picked up at Radio Shack for $79.99. The part number is 43-473 .

    Police Scanner Cordless Phone: If you happen to own an older cordless phone (900 MHz or 10 channel or 25 channel), you might be able to record phone calls directly from your police scanner. Simply figure out the frequency that your phone is on by scanning the 900 MHz range while you re on a call. You can also get the frequencies for the 10 25 channel cordless phones on this page . One you ve got your conversations playing through your scanner, you can hook the earphone outputs directly to your tape recorder or computer. Or you can just set your scanner next to the tape recorder or the computer s microphone and hope for the best. If you own a 2.4 or 5.8 GHz phone, don t even bother trying.

    Modems Software: If you have a voice-capable modem in your computer, you might be able to record phone calls directly from the phone line that s hooked to your computer. One program I know of that does this is Call Corder . I ve never tried recording phone calls like this so I m not sure how well it works. There s lots of other software packages for doing this but I m not going to list them all since I don t know much about any of them.

    JK Audio QuickTap
    JK Audio QuickTap: This device connects between your telephone and it s handset. It won t work in a telephone that has the dialing keypad in the handset. The dialing keypad must be on the phone. Once connected, you plug it into your audio recording equipment. This device is supposed to contain a nice mix of both sides of the conversation. You can buy it for $59.00 from but you may find it cheaper if you look on Google and Ebay.

    JK Audio THAT-1
    THAT-1: Connect THAT-1 between your telephone and handset for quick access to audio in and out of the telephone. Simply unplug the handset coily cord form the base of your telephone and plug it directly into the THAT-1. Then, using the supplied cable, connect the THAT-1 back to the telephone. Now connect your audio equipment or powered speaker using the RCA jacks. The grey pushbutton selects which audio will be sent into the telephone (OUT = talking on the handset, IN = sending audio in through the RCA jack). The output RCA jack contains a nice mix of the audio from both sides of the conversation, as well as the tones being pressed on the keypad. The volume control adjusts the volume of the signal going to your powered speaker or tape recorder. The THAT-1 will work with many different types of analog and digital PBX and ISDN telephones. The receive side of the THAT-1 (audio From Phone), will work on any telephone. To send audio into the telephone (To Phone), the telephone must have an electret type microphone in the handset. If your telephone has a round mouthpiece or if you intend to use theis product on many telephones, you should consider our model THAT-2, which is compatible with more telephone systems. You can buy it for $150.00 from .

    JK Audio THAT-2
    THAT-2: Connect THAT-2 between your telephone and handset for quick access to audio in and out of the telephone. The THAT-2 is the big brother of the THAT-1, which is very popular with news reporters for its small yet rugged design. Over the years we’ve heard from many of our customers that they liked the THAT-1 but would prefer professional XLR jacks and compatibility with more telephone systems. Here is the answer The THAT-2, a passive handset interface with professional and consumer jacks, separate input and output volume control, a selector switch for the different types of telephone systems, and still no batteries or AC needed. Simply unplug the handset coily cord form the base of your telephone and plug it directly into the THAT-2. Then, using the supplied cable, connect the THAT-2 back to the telephone. Now connect your audio equipment or powered speaker to the RCA or XLR jacks. The grey pushbutton selects which audio will be sent into the telephone (OUT = talking on the handset, IN = sending audio in through the RCA jack). The output jacks contains a nice mix of the audio from both sides of the conversation, as well as the tones being pressed on the keypad. The THAT-2 has a three-position switch which accommodates electret, dynamic and carbon telephone handset microphone types. The THAT-2 will emulate the type of microphone that is in the handset and allow you to send audio into many different types of analog and digital PBX sets, as well as ISDN telephones. You can buy it for $225.00 from .

    Telephone Audio Interface
    JK Audio Inlinepatch This unique hybrid works with your telephone to give you more control over interview recording and playback. The Inline Patch is a little box that connects between the base of an analog or cordless telephone and the wall jack. You can continue to talk on the phone and get access to audio on both sides of the call. The unit’s two back-to-back hybrids give you complete control of audio from both sides of the call. Audio input jacks let you mix sound bites or music into your conversation. One stereo output jack provides your voice on one channel and the caller s voice on the other channel. A second output jack contains a mix of both voices. The Inline Patch can also be used as a simple phone-line hybrid coupler. The Off Hook/Norm switch lets you seize a phone line without using a telephone. This switch can be remote-controlled with a simple contact closure.

  • Works with analog or cordless telephones, or with PBX systems through a data/modem jack (if available) and a second, analog phone.
  • Balanced XLR input and output jacks.
  • 1/8 /3.5 mm mini stereo output jack, caller on left channel, local voice on right channel.
  • 2nd mini output jack with caller and local voice combined on both channels.
  • Mini input jack sends signal to phone line.
  • Mini jack input for remote on-hook/off-hook selection with simple contact closure.
  • Front panel separation control fine tunes voice separation.
  • 20 dB nominal separation of phone line transmit/receive audio.
  • Size: 6 x 4.75 x 1.65 (15.3 x 12.1 x 4.2 cm)

  • You can buy it for $270.00 from but if you search around on Google or Ebay you may find it cheaper.

    Once you select the recording device that s right for you, chances are you ll need a tape recorder or a digital recorder to go along with it. When it comes to those, there are hundreds of different possibilities. They all do pretty much the same thing, but it s hard to say exactly which one is for you.

    When choosing a tape recorder, your primary concern, aside from the price, will probably be the length that it allows you to record. Some will only work for an hour, while others will work for 20 hours. Some will only record when someone is talking on the line, which makes the recording device last for days, sometimes even weeks. Also, make sure it has a microphone jack since that s what you ll plug your recording device into. Take your time, and choose what s best for you.

    Click here for a large selection of tape recorders

    Click here for a large selection of digital recorders

    Click here for other telephone recording devices

    Recording Cellular Wireless Phone Calls

    cellular recorder
    Wireless Phone Recording Controller: Using this device is probably the best way that you can record your cellular phone calls. The only requirement is that you have a 2.5mm jack on the phone and a hands-free headset. This device plugs in between the 2.5mm jack and your handsfree headset. You plug the other end into your tape recorder, stereo or PC. It works great and makes perfect quality recordings. As good as the quality normally is on your cellular phone, anyway. You can buy this at Radio Shack for $21.99. The part number is 17-855 .

    Recording Software

    ScanRec: ScanRec is a FREE program designed for recording activity on your police scanner. The thing that makes this such a good program is that it only records when it hears something. So you can hook your recording device to your computer and leave this program running all day, unattended. You won t end up with an mp3 full of hours of silence since it only records what it hears. And unlike some VOX recorders, this program won t cut off the beginning of your sentences. You can download this program here .

    Cool Edit: Cool Edit is the software I use to do almost everything related to sound, including recording phone calls from my in-line recorder. Unfortunately this program is not free but it s well worth the money. Or in my case, the Kazaa download. If you end up making a crappy quality phone recording, Cool Edit can even clean up the audio for you by removing hiss, background noises, etc. It will convert your phone recording into mp3 files small enough for use on a website. I always encode my mp3s at 20kbps which is perfect for phone calls. Anything higher will be too large of a file size. Anything lower will start to make your phone calls sound bad. Always stick to 20kbps!

    Tapping Home Phones

    tapped tni box
    TNI Box: On the outside of most houses you can find a little grey box called the Telephone Network Interface (TNI). These boxes are almost always unlocked and can be opened with a flathead screwdriver. Once opened, you ll see a jumble of wires and several RJ-11 modular phone jacks plugged in. Each RJ-11 jack represents a phone line in the house. You can easily pull out the jack and plug your own phone into it and start making all the free calls you want. But you can also set up a phone tap from the TNI box. Using an RJ-11 Y adapter, plug in the existing RJ-11 jack to one side and then some kind of phone recording device to the other side. You can click the picture to see a larger version, showing an in-line adapter plugged into this TNI box. You can plug the inline adapter to a voice-activated tape recorder or even an FRS radio so that you can listen to their phone calls from miles away. The only problem with this method of tapping is battery life so if you re lucky there will be an AC outlet nearby to plug your tape recorder into.

    Tapping Cellular Phones

    here's a good cell phone tap

    This section used to tell you simply that you couldn t tap a cellular phone. Yes, the government can tap your cellular phone but the average citizen cannot do it. But a few people emailed me to tell me that I m wrong so I m going to post their thought here.

    From Orm Haka: It s not possible to tap a cell phone, but you can buy a real cell phone with a built-in listening device at good espionage stores. These enable you to listen to everything going on with the telephone. You simply pick one that is exactly the same model and color as the target cellphone, copy all the information into it, put the targets SIM-card into it (and pray the target doesn t know his/her own phone identification number), and you re all set. The price is from $1000 - $2000. The phones are usually Nokia/Sony Ericsson of the latest models. There s also a model where a cellphone has an extra system function for remotely tapping analogue landlines.

    From J: It is possible to tap cell phones. there are different ways. One is using a PC, a cell phone, and the software. The software catches the waves over the phone. As you know, today s cell phones transmissions are encrypted. The software decrypts that because the code is a joke. The only problem is to get the software for normal users. The trouble for finding that is very high.

    Another thing to note is that you can listen to some cellular conversations with a police scanner. But the conversations you can hear are only from analog cellular phones and not too many people use those today. Everyone has digital cellular phones. Another problem is that you can no longer buy scanners in the U.S. that will pick up cellular frequencies. You ll have to find an old one on Ebay or go to a Canadian dealer. But really, the person you want to monitor will probably not be using an analog cellular phone.

    A little update about wireless phone eavesdropping a company called Flexispy is offering a package that will monitor cell phone usage and send the data back to you via the internet. It will send you just about everything including all of their text messages, their call history, call duration, email headers and even eavesdrop with the phone s microphone when it s not even being used. The software only works on certain mobile phones but it appears that support for more phones is slowly being added. To use this software, you need to have access to the phone you want to eavesdrop on so that you can install the software. The software costs around $150.

    How Can I Tell If My Own Phone Is Tapped?

    This is a question that seems to be asked a lot in the comments section so here s my pitiful attempt to answer it.

    First of all, some people will tell you that there s a phone number you can call that will tell you if your phone is tapped. People email these numbers to me all the time. They say that you call it and you ll hear a contant tone. If the tone does a certain thing, your phone is tapped and if it does something else, your phone isn t tapped. This is stupid. Those tones are called sweep tones and they re used by phone company technicians. They have nothing to do with tapping anyone s phone. If someone tries to tell you that they have a number that detects taps, hit them. Hard.

    The best way to detect a physical tap on your own line is to carefully inspect every inch of phone wire in your home. Start from the outside, where the phone line comes from the pole. Open up your grey TNI box and look for anything unusual inside. You can also open up the restricted side of the box and check in there. It requires a special alan wrech that you can probably find at your hardware store. After inspecting the outside, go back inside and figure out where the lines are coming from that box into the house. If you have a basement, it s probably there. Follow every wire, noting anything suspicious. Then look closely at every telephone in your house and trace the wiring back into the wall. Obviously some wires are going to be run through walls and it s up to you if you want to start busting into the walls.

    So you didn t find anything? Well there s still a few things to consider. What if the person who s tapped your phone has actually hidden the tap inside one of the phones? Some of the more advanced taps can be very small and easily fit inside a phone. It s not very hard to use a screwdriver and take apart your phones. If you re not comfortable taking things apart, chances are that you know somebody who is. Be sure to take apart both the base of the phone and the handset.

    If you live in an apartment building, your neighbors could have access to your phone lines. If they know where the phone jacks on your side are located, they could punch through their own walls and hook up an extension jack in their own apartment. From this extension they could make free long distance calls or they could put a tap on your line and listen to all of your calls. Also, in most apartment buildings all of the phone lines come into one central place from the telephone poles. From there, the lines are run into each apartment unit. At that central location, a tenant could simply add a few wires running from his line to yours and they d have access to your line. Most phone cables have four wires inside of them - red, green, yellow and black. If you have one phone line, you re probably just using the red and green. The yellow and black wires don t do anything. A neighbor in your apartment could hook YOUR red and green wires to HIS yellow and black wires which would create a second line in his apartment. Which would be YOUR line. If you think this is happening, you could ask the phone company to come and check your lines. You could even claim that you ve picked up your phone before and somebody has been on it so they would know what they re looking for.

    One last scenario - you know those green rectangular phone company boxes you see out in the streets and in back yards? The ones by your house contain your phone lines and probably 100 or so other phone lines of neighbors. People have been known to open up these boxes and hook their own phone into them. It s easier than you would think for a person to figure out which of the lines in these boxes are yours. They could even do the yellow-black wires red-green wires trick to create an extension of your phone in their house. Even if their house is several blocks away!

    phone tap detector
    With each phone device you hook to a phone line, you draw a little more voltage from that phone line. Radio Shack used to sell phone tap detectors that would detect these extra draws in voltage. Apparently it could tell the difference between one phone being picked up and two phones being picked up so you would know if someone is listening in on an extension. I think this would also work in detecting a physical tap on your line. Radio Shack doesn t sell this item anymore, but you can buy a Tele Safe II Telephone Tap Detector (pictured at the left) which is pretty much the same thing, albeit just a little more expensive.

    Finally, there are government taps. If you re a bad person and the government thinks you need a tap on your line, they can do it and you won t be able to detect it. It s done from the phone company s switch and there s nothing you can do to prevent it. They can tap your cell phone calls the same way. Your only way to escape government phone taps is to go use a pay phone or a prepaid cellular phone. And stop doing illegal things that makes the government tap your phone, you damn criminal.

    Helpful Links

    The information on this page was written with the intent of showing people how to record their phone calls for fun purposes. You know, things like recording prank telephone calls and screwing with people and stealing their credit card numbers and jumping into phone conversations. But from many of the comments below, you ll notice that all anyone seems to care about is whether or not their spouse is cheating on them. Wives want to spy on their husbands! Husbands want to record their wives phone calls. What the hell? Buy each other flowers or something instead, people! Put all that phone tapping energy into spicing up your marriage instead.

    However, since I m such a nice guy I ve decided to put a few links here for you, suspicious spouses. Below are some links that should help you find what you need

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    41 Responses to Recording Telephone Calls
    1. From Bunty on January 8th, 2007 at 3:47 am:

      Very Useful .!!!
      After going through the entire page i found of various available option to tap the calls.
      Thanks for the effort made by the author of this page.
      Good Work .!!!!!

    2. From acdc on January 8th, 2007 at 12:00 pm:

      We think our boss is illegaly recording our phone calls from the office. Thanks

    3. From Kat on January 9th, 2007 at 12:03 pm:

      I bought the part from Radio shack, I d love to connect it to the computer instead of a tape recorder and just keep a track list of the calls and be able to transfer the ones I need to cd (if necessary) wondering how to do this with that part 43228A

    4. From watch out on January 15th, 2007 at 9:15 pm:

      Try this cool site for cell phone recording.
      BTW, If suspect your spouse don t do it.Just forget now. Otherwise eventually you will find harsh realities and suprizes you won t beleive about her/him.

    5. From steph on January 20th, 2007 at 4:43 pm:

      I came across your website i would like to ask you a question can somoene put and outside wire tap on your line.The reason iask is i think my phone line is being tapped .I am a law abiding citizen and i cannot understand this .

    6. From QUESTION? on January 22nd, 2007 at 9:46 pm:

      when im at home and dial my office to pick up my messages i dial the area code 3 digets plus phone number 7 digets plus access code 4 digets plus pass word another 4or5 digets, in all 18or more there a spy gaget on the market that when discreetly connected to my home line will be able to log 18 or more digets when my wife calls her office and picks up her messages, if you know what i mean.i know of a few companys that offers up to 16 logged digets.where can i buy 1 that records 18 or more just like my house phone does?trouble is that she always delets some dialed calls after she finished on house phone.

    7. From John Fletcher on January 23rd, 2007 at 3:47 pm:

      I think I m just going to go with an in-line recorder that you prefer from Radio Shack. Couple questions though: How can you transfer this recording to your computer? The second question is, if I m calling a company and they have the auto-disclaimer that says, this call me be recorded for quality assurance or whatever is it still legal for me to record? My thought is yes. Thanks!
      - John

    8. From rbcp on January 23rd, 2007 at 4:44 pm:

      John Fletcher - most of these devices can be hooked directly into your computers microphone jack. Then you just need to find some recording software to record the input. Audacity is free and should work for your needs.

      About the quality assurance thing, good question! I have no idea.

    9. From Leigh Rampey on January 25th, 2007 at 7:07 pm:

      Does anyone have the number to call to see if your phone is tapped?
      I found your site to be very informative and appreciate all the information and advice given!

    10. From Robert James on February 1st, 2007 at 9:16 pm:

      Basically, this is all good info, but you ve left out the most important (and cheapest!) option if you think you re being surveilled. Get a sombrero from a party store with a 2 diameter. Line the inside with tinfoil, and remember to put the shiny side out. Use the heavy duty stuff. Presto! Protection from mind-reading satellites - you re blocked from aerial photography (unless you have a habit of gawking at skyscrapers) and mind-reading CIA spook machines in one convenient package. Then the phone option can be explored without a false sense of security.

    11. From Jorge on February 15th, 2007 at 1:27 pm:

      Congratulations for all the usefull information


      Every time I get a call from a cell phone, my caller ID only shows the NUMBER and the words CELL PHONE, for example (555)-555-5555 CELL PHONE)
      Is there any device or way to display the NAME of the caller?

    12. From Patrick on February 18th, 2007 at 1:21 pm:

      I have a question how can I tell or prevent if a neighbor is listening to my calls using a scanner. I have a wireless phone and have reasons to believe based on comments that have been made someone in their household listens to my conversations help!

    13. From jodi on February 23rd, 2007 at 12:52 am:

      can someone please tell me how i can bug my spouses mobile phone calls and sms i have been told and suspected myself that he is cheating on me with my sister after 23 yrs of marriage im going out of my mind please im desperate to know

    14. From Bobbi on February 23rd, 2007 at 10:37 am:

      THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! Someone dear to me has died and I m desperate to record his last voicemail to me. You ve given me several ways to preserve a beloved memory.

    15. From P. Evans on March 9th, 2007 at 11:35 am:

      A friend hears a beep about every half hr or so on her phone even after moving and getting a new number, ever since she broke a gov. story in the news that made certain people look bad at higher levels. I heard the beep at least once every time we talked. After being on the phone with her a lot, I heard crackeling, then low hum like the line was open, on my phone when talking to someone else. I m in the US. This happened most every time I was on the phone over 3 days. Then it stopped. Then that evening I heard the exact same beep she had on her phone line. Mine, however, was beep beep. 3 seconds go by, then beep beep. It is high pitched and similar to the sound you d hear if you hit a number key on your phone when talking to someone.
      Does anyone know if I am being tapped? Never in my life have I experienced anything like this on my phone. Also, since I am a writer I get occasional calls from other countires. Is tapping me? Is there a way to find out. I see nothing attached at the grey phone box in my garage. The lines are underground here.
      Thanks for any help.

    16. From T from NC on March 9th, 2007 at 1:15 pm:

      I found a web-based service at . I was wondering if anyone has tried it? It looks like you can record your calls without attaching anything to your phone or without software to load on your cell phone or computer. If anyone has tried this, I d be interested in hearing about how it really works..

    17. From Jeovanny Pacheco on March 12th, 2007 at 3:10 pm:

      I have a razor phone how can I put any type of listening divice inside the phone.

    18. From April on June 12th, 2007 at 9:44 am:

      Thanks for the info. I have been using it for a few years now when needed. My ex-husband has visitation with my small child and he is alwaww ways being arrested while my son is with him. Luckily he always lets my son call me when this is happening. He lives 6 hours away so the recordings are helping me to limit visitation with him by using them in court. I do have a question. I recorded 1 of the conversations using the recorder on my cell phone, but I don t know how I can transfer it from my phone to a tape or to my computer to be put on a disc? If anyone knows please let me know .Thank U!

    19. From candy on July 22nd, 2007 at 2:32 pm:

      I would like to know if there is some way to o spy on my husband through his cell phone. It is not a brand that Flexispy carries, it is through nextel/sprint. Is there software available to use his phone as a listening device, or is there a company that offers the service for a price? I am relatively certain my husband is cheating on me and it is making me so sick inside. I have no one to help me to find the answer to this dilemma, so I have to search for outside help. Please, can someone offer me this information?

    20. From michelle hudson on September 11th, 2007 at 9:33 pm:

      Hi, I have a question, not a comment. Can anyone tell me how and why it is, that when I push the redail button on my phone, actually I should say when I push the redial button on my phone after my boyfriend uses it, nothing happens, theres no sound of any kind it just does nothing, but .

      whenever this happens I will immediately push the button that hangs it up, then let go, and just push a few random numbers to try the redial button again and it works.

      I should also add that it doesn t do this every time he uses the phone because sometimes like after he has called places like HomeDepot it will redial the number.

      So I guess what I really want to know is if there is any way at all that you can disable the redial button function (for lack of better words) just for just certain phone calls? I would really appreciate anyone who could respond and give me an answer to this question. you can email me at . I Thank you right now for any feedback anyone can give.

    21. From harewood on November 27th, 2007 at 8:30 am:

      I would like to have Digital Recordings of phone interviews in a digital archive. I would like to use a hand held digital recorder, since it is portable, that can connect to a phone somehow and record the interview. I have seen many digital recorders some with USB connections to the PC. My question is how do I connect a digital recorder to the phone to record my interviews?

      You can email me at

      Thanks in advance.

    22. From John on November 28th, 2007 at 1:44 pm:

      Another option for phone call recording is to use a service like It allows you to record calls from any phone, any time, without additional hardware or software. Very easy to use and quick to get started.

    23. From Mike on November 30th, 2007 at 10:34 pm:

      Hey, nice website. I sure wish I found it a few years ago when I got some landline recordings going through trial and error.

      In any case, I noticed there are limited options in regards to recording calls through cellular phones. I see that you did mention some radio shack hardware but it s for the 2.5mm jack which is soon to be a thing of the past.
      Here s a link to the new port I m talking about; some funky USB setup. Any hardware for that that you know about?

      There is the alternative of buying those cards to pay someone to record your calls, but I d rather just use my own hardware. Maybe there s a 2.5mm to USB adapter type?
      Thanks in advance,

    24. From John Ouellettte on December 5th, 2007 at 6:16 pm:

      What do I need to do to listen to a call call in stereo (my headset supports it and works OK) and record a call call?

      I can only hear in mono using the radio shack device.


    25. From Jennifer on December 10th, 2007 at 6:43 pm:

      Best service I found to record a call and keep it forever is . It works, it s cheap, you can forward a link for others to listen to it and it is worth every cent.

      Best of all, your caller ID gets sent to the person you are calling and they don t need to know I am recording the call (in NJ).

      I used it for work in a situation where someone was hitting on me in a bad way and they kept denying it. A few months ago and I recently used it for an interview and had the call transcribed. I have been looking for a service like this for years. Forget all the hardware and free download stuff. Thank the CSR at for getting me off that suction cup microphone.

      anyone else have a solution as good?

    26. From Bruce on December 15th, 2007 at 8:59 am:

      Here is another technology advancement that should allow mobile phones to record ALL calls without worries about running out of space.,2704,2234094,00.asp

    27. From Paul on December 19th, 2007 at 8:24 pm:

      I am looking for a product so I can hear the home LAN phone over my home stereo with a wireless microphone. It would be great if the devise would automatically mute the stereo. It would use similar to blue tooth in the car but use LAN connection.

      Please let me if you know of a product. .

    28. From Nancy on January 7th, 2008 at 5:52 pm:

      Can anyone help me! I m sure my husband is cheating on me, but I need solid proof before I confront him, or else he will deny everything. Is there some type of software I can use to record his cell phone calls that doesn t require an access code before making a call like Flexispy doesn t work with his cell phone. Please help!!

    29. From LS on January 8th, 2008 at 4:50 pm:

      check out this new site for recording cell
      phone calls

    30. From John Machun on January 29th, 2008 at 4:14 pm:

      I found a Auto Call Recorder in my wife s bedroom. She says she does not know what it is.
      The only identifying info on it is
      BP Model TA-1357
      It has two jacks and a dual wire.
      I would like to contact the manufacturer to get specs and instructions
      Can you help
      I opened it up and the inske has no information.J

    31. From David on February 1st, 2008 at 7:31 am:

      Well, I don t need it for spying, I need it for podcasting. Due to lack of equipment, I tried using G-Cast, and it *most of the time* works well for dictation when you call in by phone. BUUUUUT .. it cuts out in the middle of a recording sometimes, nor does it have the ability to do what can do. Namely, record a call you make to another phone number. Not directly, at least.

      I tried using 3-way calling, and it did record an interview . but it kept cutting out in mid-interview and I had to call back into G-Cast. WOULD NOT RECOMMEND IT, just on the basis of frustration level.

      So basically what I need, is a free means to record a phone call, & port it by MP3 to any computer through the site or by email.

      If anyone has a free solution, PLEASE email me at , I d be willing to thank you in the podcast.

    32. From Greg on February 12th, 2008 at 12:45 pm:

      The 43-2208 from radio shack is supposed to be for multi line phones. i have used the cheaper model for years but it wasnt working at my new office so i bought the 43-2208 and that isnt working properly.i am in telemarkeeting and have used this for traing new sales reps. i would love some tech support.

    33. From Shock Troop on February 15th, 2008 at 5:11 pm:

      At home I use a simple in-line adapter with an output jack that plugs into my Sony digital voice recorder. It can be configured to detect voice and record up to 70 hours! Sony recorder $39 at the PX on post. The in-line adapter was like $5.

      I also make a habit of carrying one on me at all times. Some may think it s paranoid behavior but unfortunately the world if full of folks that lack integrity, even in the Army. It s much easier to pull out a recording and leave no doubt about who is telling the truth. I call it my battle buddy .

    34. From brad on February 27th, 2008 at 1:41 pm:

      I was wondering if you have ever heard of dialing *777 to tell if your phone is tapped by police. My friend tried it and tha police answered. Is her phone tapped? we live in canada if that helps with ur research.

    35. From Ryan Harvey on March 1st, 2008 at 3:23 pm:

      Great tips! The Gov t has been tapping my line lately, as well as my mothers. My mom was involved with bad people and bad things long ago, and ever since, no matter where she has moved, the gov t tracks her and taps her line. I research different consprisies, and preach them to people online, and recently I hear clicking, tapping, or background noise randomly when I call different people.

      I don t use any of the above methods to record my own line, but may buy a police scanner for fun. Every 1990-1996 Packard Bell included a special modem that can record phone calls. It also can act as a fax/answering machine. It even records both ends of the lines, auto-answers, and can make phone calls. Just another use I have for my computers. As a matter of fact, I am on it right now.

      Packard Bell Legend 2440 made in 1995

    36. From Mohan on March 11th, 2008 at 1:33 pm:

      I use a HTC Doopod 818 PDA phone which is window based (Window Mobile 5) GSM phone, I need to install a software on my own phone which will automatically record all incomming and outgoing calls I make or receive on my phone, can some one direct me to such software on the web that can work on Windows Mobile OS?

    37. From David on March 15th, 2008 at 6:01 pm:

      Do you have recording softwere for cell phones???

    38. From Justin Craig on March 19th, 2008 at 3:18 am:

      I am a resident of the state of Arizona which is a one party consent record state. If I move to Idaho which is a two party consent state by Idaho state law, can I still record silently if I use my Arizona cell phone number to record in Idaho?

      Does anyone have any information on this? Your help is Much appreciated.


    39. From Justin Craig on March 19th, 2008 at 3:32 am:

      Actually, I just checked and Idaho is a one party consent state so the question is moot. But, the portability issue is still of question.

    40. From BonerMaster on April 10th, 2008 at 5:53 pm:

      Wow. This forum has got to be one of the best reads that I have found in years. Did any of you read the article? Try typing your questions into google. I love you all! Don t stop, mr/ms howandwhydidthishappentome.

    41. From Gavin on May 4th, 2008 at 9:37 pm:

      After reading this, I made so people could record cell phone calls or other phone with 3 way calling for free.


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