Or buy this very similar product from Amazon. 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. Olympus TP 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. 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.
Simply unplug the handset coily cord form the base of your telephone and plug it directly into the THAT 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 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.
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. 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. Then, using the supplied cable, connect the THAT-2 back to the telephone. 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.
JK 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. 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. This switch can be remote-controlled with a simple contact closure. 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:. Recap: 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. Wireless 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. This device plugs in between the 2. 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. 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. 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. 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 modular phone jacks plugged in.
Each RJ 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 "Y" adapter, plug in the existing RJ 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 This 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.
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.
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 , we all started buying digital cell phones instead of analog cell phones. And then, in , analog service in the U. So today you are not going to be listening to any cellular phone conversations on your police scanner. It's just not possible anymore. 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. 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 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! 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.
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. 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! Most modern messages or voice are most likely not encrypted for various reasons including the need for a single safe communication platform that both parties accept, or lack of interest. Historically there has been tension between individual privacy and the idea of a greater good or unified evil.
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