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  1. #1
    jealousblues is offline

    A friends dad died unexpectedly last week and he has a very nice message from his dad on his voicemail (possibly the last things he said to his son). How can he save that ?

    the phone is a lg-vx 9900 (im not familiar with any outputs it has).

    His cell provider says the message cant be saved with them for more than 20 days so we would have to save it to a computer or something else.

    the best I can think of is to put the phone on speakerphone and play it into the mic of a computer...but that is just marginal at best.

    Any suggestions?

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    Red Squirrel
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    Re: How can you record a message left on a cell phone voicemail so you can keep it?

    Access the voicemail through a landline phone. Radio Shack has a number of devices that can be used to record a phone conversation during a phone call. Hook it up to your phone and a recording device (which could be a tape recorder, but you could also feed it into the line in on your computer's sound card and record it digitally that way).

    You could also plug a 2.5mm connector into the landline phone's headset jack, put it through an adapter that converts to 1/8" and then plug that into your tape recorder or line in of the computer.

  3. #3
    phonerecording is offline


    Re: How can you record a message left on a cell phone voicemail so you can keep it?

    Accessing your voicemail through a landline phone is a good idea.
    Recording from landline phones usually have excellent quality. And if you use a recording device that connects to your computer, you will get unlimited storage capacity (the storage capacity will be limited only by the size of your hard disk) and will also benefit from using your computer for listening to recordings.

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    J. Speaker
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    Re: How can you record a message left on a cell phone voicemail so you can keep it?

    How to record voicemail from a cellphone to a computer.
    This method yields audio quality that is superior to that of a cruder method: using a tape or digital recorder to record from the speaker of the cellphone.

    These instructions are probably relatively independent of the type of cell phone, Windows operating system and computer, but for the sake of completeness, I'll include this information.
    Cellphone: LG VX8300
    Windows 2000 Professional SP4
    Computer: IBM Thinkpad 770X (yes, it's 2010 and this 1998 model still works great for e-mail and such)

    Equipment needed:
    1) Computer with a female line-in input (mine is for stereo and accepts a male 3.5 mm plug).
    2) Cellphone with a line out (mine is female and is, e.g., for an earphone or earphone/microphone combination)
    3) Mono (stereo would likely be OK) audio cable with Male 3.5 mm plugs on each end. Got at Radio Shack (~$6).
    4) Adapter plug with female 3.5 mm and 2.5 mm male (to plug into my particular cellphone). I used a stereo plug (although a mono sould have been sufficient) because the stereo plug would fit into the tight quarters of the cellphone jack, whereas the mono adapter (both from Radio Shack) was a bit too wide. Cost ~$3.
    5) "Audacity" program (free!), to digitally record, edit and play back sound. Find it at audacity dot sourceforge dot net

    Audacity has a feature that is essential for recording voicemail from a cellphone--the audio instructions from voicemail about what buttons to press to do certain functions (save message, get date and time of message, etc)--can be heard through the computer's speaker while recording the voicemail (and without affecting the audio from voicemail). To do this in Audacity (I'm using version 1.2.6, BTW), go to Edit/Preferences/AudioI/O and put a check mark in the box labeled "Software Playthough (Play new track while recording it)".

    On that same screen, for "Channels", I chose "1 (Mono)", although stereo could probably be used with the same effect since the output from the cellphone is just mono.

    Settings required in Windows:
    Open the "Master Out" panel (Start/Programs/Accessories/Entertainment/Volume Control). If you have a small icon at the bottom of the screen that looks like a loudspeaker (labeled "Volume"), clicking on this has the same effect. My panel shows: Master Out, Wave, Digital, MIDI, CD Audio, Line In, Microphone, Mono and Crystal 3D (the name of my particular soundcard). The Mute boxes for all of these should remain unchecked except as described next. When recording, check the Mute box for Microphone (as we will record from Line In and do not want any sound from a built-in microphone to interfere) and the Mute box for Wave. If the latter is not checked, there will be feedback effects that ruin the recorded sound. For the Line In volume level on this panel, I've found that about half of the maximum works well, but this is something to play around with to get best results. In Audacity, I just left the microphone (really any input, but it has an icon that looks like a microphone) level at its maximum. After the voicemail has been recorded and Audacity's Stop button clicked, remove the check mark from Wave and click on the Play button to hear Audacity play it back through the computer's speakers, .

    Final Steps:
    Plug one end of the audio cable into the computer's line-in, the other into the 3.5 mm to 2.5 mm adapter and plug the 2.5 mm into the cellphone earphone jack. One tricky part here is probably because I used a stereo adapter and a mono audio cord, but I had to pull the audio cable out from the adapter a bit after I had fully inserted it. Fully inserted, I got no sound at all, but with it partially inserted the sound was fine (avoid moving this connection once the sound has been verified to be OK).

    Dial voicemail as usual and when the messages are about to start, ckick on the record button on the Audacity panel. When done recording, click Audacity's Stop button and if the recording sounds OK go to File/Export as WAV or File/Export as MP3 to save the recording in one of those formats.

  5. #5
    repolybbob is offline


    Re: How can you record a message left on a cell phone voicemail so you can keep it?

    There's actually a service that does this. The guarantee to email you MP3 files within 24 hours.

    Save My Voicemail - Convert Voicemail to MP3


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    Hachiko is offline
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    Re: How can you record a message left on a cell phone voicemail so you can keep it?

    First I would like to express my sympathy to your friend, it is always always the lowest point of our life when we lose someone we love

    To Red Squirrel: Great tip! I've always been wondering how to do this but haven't given it much thought since I don;t find the need to do it yet. Thanks for sharing

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