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    • esuhl
    • By esuhl 5th Dec 07, 9:50 AM
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    You could do it using software on your PC, so long as you have a modem to plug a phone line into... or by introducing a cassette between your phone and the phone socket.

    A search engine should give you some ideas: http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=record+phone+call+OR+conversation
    • Reggie Rebel
    • By Reggie Rebel 5th Dec 07, 9:53 AM
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    I would check the rules and regs on this, you may have to advise the other person that you are recording the call, depending on it's nature
    • esuhl
    • By esuhl 5th Dec 07, 9:57 AM
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    • 5th Dec 07, 9:57 AM
    Actually, if you have a recording device with an input (e.g. cassette deck, mp3 player, etc.) the cheapest way would probably be to build your own simple "bug":

    http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/70
    • superscaper
    • By superscaper 5th Dec 07, 10:54 AM
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    I would check the rules and regs on this, you may have to advise the other person that you are recording the call, depending on it's nature
    Originally posted by Reggie Rebel
    So long as it's for personal use and you are one of the participants of the conversation then you are perfectly free to record it with or without the others' knowledge.
    "She is quite the oddball. Did you notice how she didn't even get excited when she saw this original ZX-81?"
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    Maplins sell a device for about a tenner or so if you dont want to build one yourself. You plug it into the phone socket and there is a cable which goes into a recording device such as a tape recorder (or in my case, the PC).
    • Fran
    • By Fran 5th Dec 07, 11:23 AM
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    So long as it's for personal use and you are one of the participants of the conversation then you are perfectly free to record it with or without the others' knowledge.
    Originally posted by superscaper
    Some more information is on the Ofcom website

    "Can I record telephone conversations on my home phone?

    Yes. The relevant law, RIPA, does not prohibit individuals from recording their own communications provided that the recording is for their own use. Recording or monitoring are only prohibited where some of the contents of the communication - which can be a phone conversation or an e-mail - are made available to a third party, ie someone who was neither the caller or sender nor the intended recipient of the original communication."

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    • esuhl
    • By esuhl 5th Dec 07, 11:39 AM
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    "so long as you have a modem to plug a phone line into"
    Originally posted by homeliving
    You know how you can pick up a phone on an extension and listen in to someone's conversation? Well, this is the same, except for the fact that your PC "listens in" and records the conversation for you.

    So... you'll need to have a modem to plug a phone line into (i.e. not a broadband "modem", which isn't really a modem anyway). You may well have one built into your motherboard, in which case you just need to plug a phone line in the back.

    You then need some software to make the recording. I'm not quite sure whether your sound card will monitor the phone line, but if it does you can use a free program called Audacity (http://audacity.sourceforge.net/), otherwise you may need proprietary software.
  • bluepeanut
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    • 6th Dec 07, 9:31 AM
    Call recording
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    • 6th Dec 07, 9:31 AM
    I found this website very useful, pay as you go and no need for any hardware.

    http://www.complaintcopy.com
  • Stephen Leak
    I would check the rules and regs on this, you may have to advise the other person that you are recording the call, depending on it's nature
    Originally posted by Reggie Rebel
    I worked for PO Telephones/BT for 28 years. As long as one party to the call is aware that the call is being recorded, there is no legal obligation to advise the other party. Legally, it is no different to taking verbatim shorthand notes of the conversation.

    I use an adaptor I got from Maplin and an Olympus digital voice recorder. You just plug the lead from the adaptor into the microphone socket. My DVR also has a USB socket, so I can then transfer the recording (a .wav file) onto my PC for archiving, e-mailing, etc.
    • hollydays
    • By hollydays 6th Dec 07, 10:06 AM
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    But if you wanted to use the recording in court,i think you would need their permission.
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    • By hollydays 6th Dec 07, 10:11 AM
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    I found this website very useful, pay as you go and no need for any hardware.

    http://www.complaintcopy.com
    Originally posted by bluepeanut
    The t & cs for this say the recording will only be stored for 60 days,then you have to make your own back up copy.I would have no idea how to do this.
    • superscaper
    • By superscaper 6th Dec 07, 10:14 AM
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    But if you wanted to use the recording in court,i think you would need their permission.
    Originally posted by hollydays
    That would come under making it "available to a third party" so you would need to make them aware beforehand.
    "She is quite the oddball. Did you notice how she didn't even get excited when she saw this original ZX-81?"
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    • superscaper
    • By superscaper 6th Dec 07, 10:18 AM
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    The t & cs for this say the recording will only be stored for 60 days,then you have to make your own back up copy.I would have no idea how to do this.
    Originally posted by hollydays
    Presumably you can simply save the audio files to your computer.
    "She is quite the oddball. Did you notice how she didn't even get excited when she saw this original ZX-81?"
    Moss
    • hollydays
    • By hollydays 6th Dec 07, 10:22 AM
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    that may sound simple to you superscaper..
    • superscaper
    • By superscaper 6th Dec 07, 10:26 AM
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    that may sound simple to you superscaper..
    Originally posted by hollydays
    If they're just audio files on one's website account then it's like downloading anything else online just right click on the file and click "save as". This is assuming the website works like that as it sounds like it does from the way they describe the procedures.
    "She is quite the oddball. Did you notice how she didn't even get excited when she saw this original ZX-81?"
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  • bluepeanut
    If they're just audio files on one's website account then it's like downloading anything else online just right click on the file and click "save as". This is assuming the website works like that as it sounds like it does from the way they describe the procedures.
    Originally posted by superscaper
    I just clicked on the MP3 link and when the box popped up I selected the option to save the file the same as I do music or video files.

    I wanted to have a copy of the call that I could grab easily without having to go online anyway.
  • ABH
    But if you wanted to use the recording in court,i think you would need their permission.
    Originally posted by hollydays
    Not entirely correct, you would present your evidence to the judge\magistrate in a typed format, he would then decide whether it was relevant and you could play it back publicly.

    HTH
    It could have been worse. At least source code's not combustible, or you can bet somebody at McAfee would have lit it.
  • BritBrat
    The best way is using the computer and some software.

    But I have been trying to do this for quite some time, the problem is not all modems will activate when you get a call (voice) only very few work.

    I have a few here that work sometimes then they fall over and stop.

    I have been looking for a suitable modem on Ebay for ages at the right price (cheap).
  • Spire128
    This is somthing I have been looking into, I was going to make a device like the one on hardware secrets but have not had time to do it as of yet.

    During my investigations i came across this piece of software (link below) that I hope should monitor a sound card, and when I call comes in or is made on the telephone line the software should automatically start recording.
    http://www.mymusictools.com/voice_text_25/sound_snooper_7787.htm
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