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Date:25 March 2012

Q Is there an easy way to record cellphone calls? It would make keeping track of my sales calls a lot easier.

A The reason call recording isn’t considered a standard cellphone feature is a good one: many jurisdictions prohibit the recording of phone calls without the consent of all parties. Smartphone users can try call-recording apps – Record My Call for Android, Google Voice for iPhone – but I’ve found the former unreliable, and the latter works only with outgoing calls. The best option for any cellphone is a hardware voice recorder. Phone mics, such as the Olympus TP-7, retail for fairly modest amounts, sit between your ear and your handset, and connect to any external recording device with a microphone jack – including many MP3 players. It’s not the most elegant solution, but it’ll always work.

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