There are all sorts of reasons why people want to record their phone conversations. Among business executives, phone recordings are carried out for training and quality control purposes. Among government bureaucrats, phone conversations are recorded for the sake of transparency, among relationships, to clear any doubts related to possible affairs using chat lines or any other type of infidelity, and among certain specialized organizations, audio recordings are created for legal reasons.
Whatever your reasons may be for recording your calls, you only have a certain number of option, and here are some of them.
Let’s start with the easiest and most practical option: Smartphone apps. You can find all kinds of recording apps on the internet, and some of them are even free.
One good example is TapeACall, which is an affordable and user-friendly app for ordinary users and people. Like most apps, TapeACall has a free version and a professional version. The free version allows you to record only 60 seconds worth of conversation, while the professional version has no such limits, though you will have to pay $10 for the improved functionality.
Another option that you can try is Google Voice. This particular app is compatible with practically all kinds of mobile devices, and it’s also free. The downside is that it’s not quite easy to use, nor does it have a lot of features. On the other hand, Google Voice is a solid, dependable app that you can use for all kinds of situations. So it’s an excellent choice for those of you who need to record phone conversations on a daily basis.
There are plenty of other great recordings apps out there, but many of them are quite easy to use. All you need to do is to read their app description, make sure that they’re compatible with your device then download them. Once you have the app, sync it with your device and activate it whenever you need to record a call. That’s really all there is to it.
Hardware Recording Devices
If you want to do things the old fashion way then you can always use special recording devices. Most phones have built-in recorders, but you can still find special equipment which is designed specifically for recording phone conversations.
The cost of these voice recorders can range from around $12 all the way up to $90,000. The most expensive devices were designed for recording studios and entertainment companies, so you won’t really need their extra features. In fact, a cheap audio recording device is often best for business owners and ordinary people, since they are easier to use and require less maintenance.
It’s also worth mentioning that several electronic brands sell their own hardware recording devices. A few good examples include Sony, Philips, and Zoom, all of which offer low cost, low maintenance recording devices. There’s also Olympus, which sells recorders for as little as $14.
Aside from choosing a low cost recording device, you should also look for items which are easy to use and maintain. Items like these are usually plug and play. All you need to do is connect them with your phone and they will start recording whenever you use have a conversation. If a particular item is too confusing or too ‘technical’ with its instructions then it’s probably for the best that you choose another item.
And speaking of technical issues, you should also choose a phone recording device that is compatible with your phone, laptop, tablet or cloud-based storage system. Many modern recording devices are designed to be compatible with all kinds of gadgets and electronic devices, but you should still take the time to make sure that the equipment you want to use is compatible with the rest of your electronic and communication devices. Failure to do so may lead to embarrassing or expensive problems later on.
Finally, you will need to consider the storage capacity of your recording device. Some devices can only record a few minutes of audio, while others can record several hours’ worth of phone conversations.
As a general rule, the more storage space a recording hardware has, the higher its price will be. Businesses that monitor their employees’ calls will naturally require more storage space than those who only need to record a few phone conversations at a time. So before you buy a recording device, make sure that it offers just the right amount of storage space for your phone calls.
Phone Recording Alternatives
If you don’t want to use either phone apps or recording hardware to record your phone calls then you have several alternatives that you can try. Some of these alternatives will not even require you to buy new equipment.
One option that you can use is to put callers on speaker-mode, while holding a recording device in close proximity to the phone. This isn’t the most sophisticated way to record a conversation, but it’s cheap and effective.
Another option involves the use of voicemail. In this method, all you need to do is call the person you want to record then press the “Add Call” feature on your phone. You will then need to direct the call to your voicemail box for recording. Using voicemail to record a conversation is not only easy, but it’s also free. The only downside is that voicemails are only useful for short conversations. So you may want to use a different method if you’re expecting a long conversation.
A third option is to get a landline phone with recording features. This recording option may require you to upgrade your phone plan, but it’s a good idea, particularly if you want to use the recording features for business or professional purposes.
Third Party Solutions
If you don’t want to record your own phone calls then there are plenty of companies that offer phone recording services to all sorts of organizations. Unlike recording apps, these recording services are not free. However, they are also top quality, and you can rely on them to provide you the quality results that you and your organization need.
Here are several options that you may want to try.
CallRail – This company gets plenty of good reviews from its clients. Not only does CallRail offer great recording services, they also provide great customer support. Their phone call recording services also have multiple features, like sharing, archiving and instant call retrieval. Their services cost $30 per month.
Call Corder – The Call Corder software will record phone conversations directly onto the user’s computer. It also allows you to record calls on demand. It’s somewhat expensive at around $40 to $50 per month, but it’s a great choice for entrepreneurs and small business owners.
Automatic Call Recording – Automatic Call Recording was developed by RingCentral, and it has several positive features. It’s easy to set up, easy to use and it even allows you record video calls. The best part, however, is that it only costs $20 per month, so it’s a definitely a very affordable option.
These are only some of the phone recording services and software available out there. More expensive and sophisticated services offer other features, such as source tracking, call analytics and more.
Of course, you will need to look at each service’s monthly subscription before you commit yourself to them. The good news is that many of them offer free trials and you can use these trials to try features that interest you without committing yourself to any particular service. So go ahead and give them all a try.