Ignasi Clemente asked readers of the LINGANTH email list to help with the following question.
Does anybody know how to record digitally phone conversations both in cell phones and in regular landline phones? I am sure there is some app to record phone conversations in cell phones for both android and iPhone. In terms of recording phone conversations in landlines, I have no idea, other than the old and tried audio digital recorder.
Thank you for your help. I’ll make sure that I compile the information for all of us.
Iganasi compiled the responses, and has agreed to further share them through kit.linguisticanthropology.org.
Here are the responses to my question about audio digital recording for phones. Thank you Lynnette, Nico, Stephanie, Wen, Netta, and Jill. Ignasi
Lynnette: For my dissertation research, which involved several families recording transnational cellphone calls, I used a cheap device called the Olympus TP-8, which consists of an earpiece with a microphone mounted on the back. Participants would wear this earpiece in their ear, and then plug it into connect it to a simple MP3 recorder. I rigged up little cases for the audio recorders with carabiner clips so people could clip them to their belts and move around as usual. This system was cheap and very easy for people to learn how to use, and resulted in remarkably good recordings that picked up the voices on both ends of the phone quite well despite significant background noise and the sometimes sketchy transnational connection.
Nico: I’ve used one of these in a past project: http://www.radioshack.com/radioshack-phone-recorder-controller-multi-single/4300421.html It worked very well with quite decent sound quality.
Stephanie Feyne: In iPhone there is a native app – Voice Memos. I’ve used that to record long conversations. You have to have enough memory in your phone for extended recordings. And you then can transfer it to a computer. I’m sure there are also other apps that can do it.
Wen: Although it’s Buzzfeed, they had a good article about tech tools for journalists that included a list of phone recording apps: http://www.buzzfeed.com/nicolenguyen/you-stay-classy-san-diego#.ro16pnB7L
Netta: I’ve found DropVox to be a great & easy-to-use tool…recordings upload directly to your Dropbox: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/dropvox-record-voice-memos/id416288287?mt=8
Jill: there are free and cheap aps for that, google it. you can record it while you’re on a phone call via your cell phone.