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    Uncle Wulf
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    I need an app or technique to record a telephone call (mostly incoming calls) on my iPhone 3GS. Is anybody aware of such a thing?


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    Re: App for recording calls?

    None that I know of and you should also check your state laws regarding recording just to be safe if you havn't already



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    Re: App for recording calls?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bosco View Post
    None that I know of and you should also check your state laws regarding recording just to be safe if you havn't already
    None that I'm aware of, either. Unfortunately.

    I am very well acquainted with US Federal and State laws on recording calls. Put simply, if you're in any of these 'two party' states, you must have consent from both (all) parties to the call before you record. California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, and Washington. In any of the remaining 38 US states and the District of Columbia, only one party need consent. Federal law also stipulates one-party consent, under the federal Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968, (18 USC. 2510 et seq.) Note that the controlling state law is that of the state where you are at the time of the call, not necessarily where you live or work.

    I actually wrote a forty page guide to dealing with collection calls for a popular financial forum, where I'm a moderator. I'm largely interested in an iPhone recording app or technique for an update of that guide. Also, I'm sure I'm not the only one here who ever got calls from an obnoxious bill collector, looking for the previous owner of the number we just got issued.
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    Re: App for recording calls?

    wouldn't you have to run the app in the background and share the mic input? Maybe OS4.0 will let you do it. Or jailbreak and use any old voice recorder?



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    Re: App for recording calls?

    Quote Originally Posted by igiz View Post
    wouldn't you have to run the app in the background and share the mic input? Maybe OS4.0 will let you do it. Or jailbreak and use any old voice recorder?
    Yeah, some sort of background app would likely be required. Something that could be set to auto-start when either (a) the phone rings or (b) you tap the phone icon would be perfect. You'd have to manually delete any that you didn't want to keep, but that would be a small price to pay for somebody that really needed this functionality. You'd need to share not only the mic input, but the speaker output, to make it work. If you could also capture the dialed number / caller ID information, and a timestamp, that would be icing on the cake.

    There are ways to record a call from a cell using an external recording device. A digital voice recorder, cassette deck, PC, or what-have you. Here's a bit copied over from the guide I wrote last year, explaining one way to go about it:

    You can't use an inductive pickup coil with most of the cordless phones on the market, or with many of the electronic or VoIP phones available today, either. For those, and old clunker cell phones like mine, you'll need a specialized type of microphone that fits inside your ear. (Olympus Mini Tele-Recording Device, Olympus model number TP-7, Radio Shack part number 14-5051, $22.99 retail) This small, ear bud type device can produce a decent quality recording from pretty much anything. Your home phone, cell phones, pay phones, or what have you.

    You place the ear bud into your ear, connect the wire to your recorder, and take the call as you normally would. The omnidirectional microphone in the ear bud picks up the incoming side of the call from the speaker on your phone. It picks up your side of the call from your voice, via your pharyngotympanic tube. That's the connection between your throat and your ear that makes your ears pop when you yawn just right.


    Assuming you were mobile at the time, you'd have to be using something like a handheld digital recorder or microcassette to use this technique. It works, but it's a hassle. I'm trying to eliminate the hassle factor. 8^)

    I haven't investigated what's possible for jailbroken iPhones in this regard yet. I've just been too damn busy to mess with it. I'll continue to investigate the matter as time allows. Failing all else, I may well write an app to do what I want.

    It will likely remain a back-burner project until next winter, when I have more time. For now, the sun's out, the snow is gone, and it's motorcycle season in the frozen north.



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    Re: App for recording calls?

    There might be some possibilities with OS 4.0 announced today. There are background music apps so you can definitely share the speaker output. As for the mic...well, I'll have to dig in the new API calls to answer that one. If I figure it out, I'll let you know. I am also too damn busy these days...

    ---------- Post added at 05:39 AM ---------- Previous post was at 05:24 AM ----------

    Uncle Wulf. I cheated and just checked with my buddy over at Apple (iPhone OS developer). He say as far as he knows, 2 apps cannot share the mic. Speaker is easy...it can be shared per Steve Job's presentation today. I think he gave the example of the mapping program giving directions while the music app plays in the background.

    If you figure out how to hack around that, let us know. I'll buy a copy, even though I have no use for the app.



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    Not sure why they haven't developed a program for recording calls over mobile phones. I mean for filing purposes or archiving. In VoIP world, even free softphones like X-lite or Pangolin has the ability to record conversation. I use it all the time on my Onesuite VoIP service and the recording is very clear.



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    Re: App for recording calls?

    Get a mobile spy to log everything on your phone not only call but texts, photos... everything... got to

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    Re: App for recording calls?

    Talking smack is a nice free app



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    Re: App for recording calls?

    If you are a windows mobile user,the wm sound recorder would be a good choice.
    free download here:Free Download WM Sound Recorder | Record Your Mobile Phone Sounds And Calls For Windows Mobile



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