Recording Telephone Calls

Recording Telephone Calls
I've been recording my telephone calls since the mid-80's so this is my tutorial on various ways 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.

Table of Contents:
 

  1. Laws on Recording Phone Calls
  2. Types of Recording Devices For Land Lines
  3. Recording Wireless Phone Calls
  4. Recording Software For Land Lines
  5. Tapping A Land Line
  6. How Can I Tell If My Home Phone Is Tapped?
  7. Recording Skype Phone Calls
  8. Helpful Links
  9. User Comments


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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 microphoneInduction 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-recorderIn-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 Amazon.com

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.

Olympus TP-7Olympus TP-7: This is a very useful device for doing covert recordings in public - we used it for most of our Wal-Mart prank calls when we picked up the phones in their stores to talk to customers. The TP-7 sits in your ear and looks like the old cell phone earpiece people used before we had bluetooth earpieces. The other end plugs into a standard microphone jack on a digital recorder or other recording device. Then any phone you put up to your ear will be recorded. This works best on land line phones, but will also work on most cell phones. Click here to buy this from Amazon for under $20.

JK Audio QuickTapJK 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 jkaudio.com but you may find it cheaper if you look on Google and Ebay.

JK Audio THAT-1THAT-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 jkaudio.com.  

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 jkaudio.com.

Telephone Audio InterfaceJK 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.

You can buy it for $270.00 from jkaudio.com 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

Here's a short video that demonstrates how to use a few of the methods featured above:


Recording Cellular Wireless Phone Calls

Recap android iphone call recorderRecap: Here's a small device that plugs into your iPhone or Android smartphone and records the phone calls onto any recording device, such as a digital voice recorder or your laptop computer. Since both Apple and Google are reluctant to provide telephone conversation recording software in their app stores, this is probably the best solution for recording on a smart phone. Click here to order this device from recapmycalls.com

cellular recorderWireless 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.

Speaker Phone: As mentioned earlier, just use your cell phone's speaker phone option and set a recording device next to the speaker. It's the easiest way to record a cell phone conversation and will probably cost you nothing.

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.

Adobe Audition: Also known as Cool Edit, this is great software for recording just about anything, including phone calls if you use one of the recording devices mentioned above. This program isn't free, but it's well worth the money. Or in my case, the illegal software download. If you end up making a crappy quality phone recording, Adobe Audition 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.  

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 tapThis 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 thoughts 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.  

How about a police scanner? I see people listening to cellular conversations using a police scanner in the movies! Yes, used to it was possible to listen to cellular conversations using an ordinary police scanner. But right around 2000, we all started buying digital cell phones instead of analog cell phones. And then, in 2007, analog service in the U.S. was completely shut off. So today you are not going to be listening to any cellular phone conversations on your police scanner. It's just not possible anymore.


If you're too lazy to try the hardware ideas on this site, you should look into RecordiaPro. Their system records your phone calls for you, with no complicated hardware or software setups.

Click here to give it a try!

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 constant tone. If the tone does a certain thing, your phone is tapped and if it does something else, your phone isn't tapped. 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 a 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. Just stop doing illegal things that makes the government tap your phone, you damn criminal.

Recording Skype Phone Calls
Skype is a popular alternative to cell phones and landlines. While there are hardware solutions for recording calls with Skype, it's easiest to just buy software that will record the calls for you. For Windows, the best free solution is iFree Skype Recorder. It's a very straightforward program that automatically records all your Skype calls for you and organizes them by the date and telephone number for you. There are many other programs that will do this for both Windows and Mac, but this one works great and it's free.

Helpful Links

  • TeleTool 2000 Here's a device that hooks up to your phone handset and plugs into your PC's sound card.
  • ModemSpy A software phone recorder. I've been hearing good things about this one.
  • Identifying A Phone Number Here's another article from phonelosers.org which gives you a few ideas on how to identify unlisted telephone numbers.

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...

User Comments
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  1. Phil Hooper says:

    Wonder if anybody can help. I routinely record calls in my biz, using a cassette recorder and a digital recorder. Just using a Radio Shack black box to split of the signal from the home line. There is always a very annoying buzz on the line. I don’t know if it is a mismatch or what. I am open to suggestions. Will one of the units featured on this page solve my problem? Thanks much.

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  3. Pablo says:

    Hello to every one ….

    My name is Pablo and i’m prety shure that my wife is cheating on me. I’m a Military contractor that travel a lot all travel is overseas and dont stay but a day or two in one city or country … there for internet is maybe twice a week that i have a little time to check on thinks. I’m interesting in a way i can record my wife’s cell phone conversations and have it in in print on the compiuter, she is very shrud and carefull so she sleep with her cell phone by her … so i cant plug nothing in it, even when she takes showers cell phone is there by her. Any way i hear that cell phone calls can be recorded with her IP address from her phone ??? Please if any one can help i would greatly apreciate. Here is my e-mail: [email protected]. Thank you kindly for this great site … God Bless.

  4. tc says:

    I have a problem..I think my mobile phone have been tapped by a group of harasser from internet to my phone. I could not receive any calls from US, from my bf. I’m from Asia. Not only through phones, but they blocked my connection through internet emails and messenger. I have changed many times of my emails and they can still hack me. I do not know where to turn to as this involve US. My bf could not call me on the phone , I think it have been diverted by those people to their line and I believe they even stole my identity, my voice and my information all that I have with my bf and they are controlling my life.
    I just want to know how can I get phone calls from him without other people diverting calls into their lines..Please Help!..and these group of people claim they are from Canada.

  5. Harish says:

    Excellent! Thank you very much for taking the time and patience to put this together and to share this to the world. Much appreciated!

  6. Mark says:

    On almost but not every call from my home phone I hear a beep like the sound of someone hitting a number key on the phone (no one is listening on an extension in my home and hitting a button). Could that be someone tapping into my phone? I use vonage so I don’t even know if it’s possible to tap my line? Anyone have any answers for me on either question

  7. Bret says:

    Great info. Thanks. It saved me a lot of time of searching on-line for a way to record cell phone calls. I want to record collection agents from a company who claims I am behind on payments when I have actual, physical proof that I am not. They themselves even claim that I have made every payment yet they still want me to make extra payments. If this is what they do to ALL their clients just imagine how much extra money these bastards are making. I plan to screw with them by telling them they are being recorded, which they will be, but then also gives me evidence to use in court when I sue their asses.

    Thanks again. You should be nominated for the Nobel Prize.

  8. Zero says:

    For the Canadian here I found this

    http://laws.justice.gc.ca/en/showdoc/cs/C-46/bo-ga:l_VI-gb:s_184//en#anchorbo-ga:l_VI-gb:s_184

    Search the page for Interception with consent 184.2

  9. Amanda says:

    I would love it if you could provide a link to some sort of free software for using a modem! I have a voice and data modem that I’ve been wanting to use to record my own phone calls but every program I find only has a trial version or wants money after so long or only lets you record like 30 seconds! If you knew of any software that would be able to do this, that would be great!

  10. Bill says:

    Hello,

    we are looking to record incoming and outgoing phone calls for training purposes with our business.
    just wondering what devices you would recommend since we have a 3com phone system which uses ethernet and not phone jacks.

    any help , would be much appreciated.

    regards,
    Bill

  11. Yom says:

    Very good information–excellent intuitive layout. Wish you had stuff on ISDN lines, recordings, PCI-ISDN cards, etc…have mission at work to record incoming and outgoing ISDN lines. You make everyting sound simple and I could use that in the world of recording digital lines. Thanks

  12. Derek Hopper says:

    very nice

  13. Noreen says:

    Hello, I am very interested in a device that can be out of site and out of mind, to record my land line phone calls of my husband, I work 247 and he is always at home, he has cheated before and I need to know, i would like his phone calls recorded while I am at work. Please Help

  14. Noreen says:

    Hello, i have email earlier with no response, so then I would like some advice, my husband is a stay home mom and has a long back ground of woman, he use to have a black book, when we met we mad a promise that there would be no one else in our lives, sound familiar, any way he is to sneaky and I have this gut feeling he is phoning, so then what I would like advice on is th etype of device I am looking for, something that would record all the phone calls as the in-line recorders, out of site and out of mind, i can come home and listen and set up again, something simple and effective, please help?

  15. olschool says:

    I think my home phones are being tapped, and my conversations inside my home are also. I looked at the wires inside my apartment building like this page said and disconnected the yellow and black wires will this stop the phones from being tapped? How can I find out more about my problem?
    I dont think going to the police will help because I think they are the ones doing it.

  16. Robert Joseph Buttock says:

    I am impressed with your recording gear. I’m confused as to the payment for such a service. Is their a free version?

  17. Hello,

    I just purchased a killer spy recorder from http://www.spy-tronix.com – I’m a trucker and I set it up on the empty wall jack in my garage and it records all the calls to and from ANY PHONE IN OUR HOUSE while I’m out on the road. When I come home – I just listen to what went on. So far, so good…no bad news. Go to spy-tronix and look for their phone recorder – I couldn’t leave town without it. You folks take care.

  18. Byron says:

    Don’t Stop!!! We need this website! This is the 3RD! time in 2 years I have googled something remotely related to audio/telephone and every time I have found exactly the right answer here ON this SITE! You have done so many people a tremendous favor by offering this great advice for free. THANK YOU!!!

  19. so helpful why is no one commenting any more?

  20. Tony says:

    Easy way and free. If you want to spy
    on someone and listend to live conversarion
    while their house, buy yourself a
    pre-paidphone
    (hide it where the person lives).Before that,
    , set-up the phone so it will not ring nor
    vibrate, and set-up the phone to answer automatically. When you suspect this person i calling or doing naughty stuff, call the pre-paid phone, it will answer automatically. Listen en enjoy.

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  22. Mr Leroy says:

    do u have photo’s of how to configure the in-line and say computer to record ?
    its tough to find pictures of how to setup this stuff.
    thanks

  23. mikef says:

    I’m a journalist who does a lot of interviews and I’ve been wondering: Doesn’t anyone manufacture a cell phone with one-button recording capability? The idea being that you could later upload the file to your computer via USB port, the way you can with a digital voice recorder?

    Surely there’d be a market for models with this function….

  24. Georgey V says:

    Hi, love the site but it could use some updating,
    There are tons of cell phone conversation recorders available for purchase on the web. Some slightly larger than a lighter. It’s 2009,
    right?

  25. Billy Kerns says:

    Is it illegal to record someones telephone conversation in the state of N.C.

  26. Fred Potter says:

    There’s actually an easier way to record phone calls than any of the above mentioned methods.

    The web site is http://www.hearitagain.com and it lets you record calls using any existing phone (even cell phones).

  27. jeng says:

    can the telephone company trace if im using a calling card?because i whant to know if somebod using my landline phone using with calling cardw when they are calling some one.tnx

  28. Omer Wax says:

    We offer simple & useful solutions of telephone recording needs for home and office use.
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  29. Bobby says:

    Hi.

    I’ve search the web for answers to my question but I am unable to find an answer that is 110 percent.

    I want to know if it’s possible for someone to listen to my cell phone or home phone (cordless) conversations WITHOUT direct access. I found a website that claims that you can listen to ANY phone call ANYWHERE if you download/install it on your phone. It claims you don’t even need access to the target phone you wish to intercept.

    I really want to know – it’s bugging me. I can find the link but I don’t want to include it because you might think I’m trying to generate page hits to it or something. PLEASE CURE MY INSANITY.

  30. abhishek says:

    I am IPS officer i want to record the cellphones of multiple crminals at same time tellme the best plan to do this i willtake order from by headquarter

  31. lordnod says:

    abhishek, what you need is a blotto box. You build this by hooking up a gas powered electrical generator to the phone lines. This will allow you to record every call in your country at the same time.

  32. Peter Kaman says:

    I have a question. I have a Sony Ericsson cell phone. I am looking to find a device where I can record my incoming calls. Is there a device that can help me.

    thanks.

  33. Hi Peter, we have phone recording devices that will certainly work with your Sony Ericsson cell phone. If fact, it’s a device that is universally compatible with all cell phones.

  34. hrm says:

    did you use induction coil for the walmart recordings??

  35. swt says:

    Hi, I am need of urgent help i need a sound file cleaned up I have tried & failed but I need it very vrey urgently,

    Can anyone help me ?

    My email si :- [email protected]

  36. Bruce says:

    Your spam eliminator sucks I put in the
    correct answer and it rejected it the first
    time!

    How can I record calls both incoming and
    outgoing on a Bold 9700?

    Does anyone make a bluetooth headset that has enough memory to record the calls?

    This would be a simple and effective way to
    get around Blackberrys failure to allow call
    recordings…

  37. Anne says:

    My husband is having a major birthday and I’d like to record greetings from his friends around the country to play at his party. I’m going out now to buy the Radio Shack 43-473 (analog) in-line recorder you recommend, but what, if anything, could I do to take these messages and combine them with a video showing simultaneous photos of these old friends & family while they speak? I only have a few days to do this all, and I am not a techie!

  38. Lori Holland says:

    My question is ..is there a way to listen to a
    a conversation over the computer from a cell
    phone?

  39. keith says:

    I suspect my wife to be cheating on me and wana know if I could install a device in the house that could record her cell phone conversation. She is living in an asian country. I have installed a sms/call long recording program on her cell phone but she is suspicious and doesnt use that SIM and changes the SIM in addition to using line phone.Your comments/suggestions would be highly appreciated.

  40. Shari Johnson says:

    We think someone is listening in our phone conversations. This person works as a computer tech for a telemarking company and has put their software on his home computer. His job is to monitor all calls at work. Can he monitor our home calls also? How do we know? What can we do to stop it?

  41. I’m working on a documentary about a pianist and I tape our phone conversations for use in the film with his consent. What combination of recording device and tape recorder would give me the best quality of sound?
    Thanks,
    Joelle

  42. Liz says:

    okay. so i was just talking to my friend from my cell phone and we were just talking alot of smack. Mostly about secret organizations in the U.S. When all of a sudden, this guy starts talking and at first we thought the lines got mixed up but he started sounding clearer and clearer. And he said ‘ hey i’m from your local phone company….. i’ve been placed on your call’ What the hell is that? was he listening in?

  43. suryamoorthi says:

    i want to record all call& sms of my girlfrd …when she received sms r call i too recevied tht same call & sms ..can u hpl me pls

  44. joshua says:

    this is a very nice writeup!

  45. poly says:

    Hi everyone, wanted to share some information about recording.

    I have a small (very small) business and I record my conversations with clients for further reference (no more memory problems and stick note everywhere:-))
    I use MiaRec Solo soft for recording my client conversations: http://www.miarec.com/products/miarec-solo

    What is the most important to me: I can easily find a particular customer conversation and organize my calls. The quality of sound is rather good too.

    Forget to tell: I am using vonage. I think MiaRec works only with VOIP but I am not sure.

  46. suspicious says:

    Thanks to the author for an excellent website
    Can anyone suggest anything..a simple coste-effective device to record a phone conversation from either my cel phone or to be quickly adapted to a business landline phone. Preferably something that would record a tape or to loaded onto a cd. I do not need much time (hours) on this- it is a one-time call to a company i believe is slandering me. Also, it has to be available in Canada- i am going to go to “The Source” here in Canada which I believe used to be Radio Shack. any info would be great..thanks

  47. Kannan N S says:

    A great site to uncover information on fellow human’s ill-behaviour. I do not see reason for legal or illegal use. Neither the goverment is right nor the anti-goverment is wrong by using this technology. Use your right sense and get rid of ill-people, from goverment or anti-goverment.

    Grateful thanks to the Author and ‘nobel-prize’ ‘pre-paid phone’ commentors for new ideas.

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