Call-recording tech that meets my narrow needs?
March 10, 2011 6:25 AM Subscribe
I have a grandfather in western Oklahoma with great stories, and I'd like to record phone calls with him for later transcription. It seems like there should be a simple, cheap technology solution to this, but I'm having trouble.
posted by blueshammer to technology (9 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
My original idea was Google Voice, but it only records incoming calls. My grandparents, like many grandfolk, are pretty change-resistant, and are still paying by the minute for long distance. My parents have apparently failed to convince them to switch plans, and, ok, fine. But then I would need a local Google Voice number so they could call me for free and I could record that incoming call, and Google Voice doesn't have any numbers available in the 580 area code.
Skype seems a possibility, but then I have to pay by-the-minute for calls to their landline. And I'm willing to pay, but it's not clear to me that that's the best use of money.
I tried freeconferencecall.com but the number they gave me is in South Dakota.
There are hardware solutions as well, of course, which is great -- I'm happy to spend the money. I just want to find the best solution. If the final product was listenable enough to justify burning to CD and sharing with family, that'd be great, and I think anything that sounds better than, say, putting an audio recorder beside a speakerphone would exceed my quality threshold.