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Sunday, August 13, 2006

Record a Conversation or Voicemail on your VX-8300

Using the voice memo recorder outlined in this previous post, it is possible to record conversations on your VX-8300. Well, one side of them, at least. This technique will record the incoming audio only, that is, the person you are talking to, but not yourself. This can be quite useful when you want to save a voicemail, but don't want to leave it in your voicemail box...

To record a phone call, simply press and hold for a couple seconds the voice command button on the left side of your phone. NOTE: You may have to first clear numbers off the screen by pressing CLR several times. You will know that the recording has begun when a "Record:" counter begins counting off the seconds elapsed. Recording a phone call apparently is not limited to only one minute, as is a normal voice memo.

For more info about playback, and the voice recorder, see the earlier post. NOTE: I have not been able to play back and convert some .qcp files recorded during a phone call using Purevoice. I'll let you know when I solve this problem.


Anonymous Bobby said...

You need some of these.

6:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whereas recording a sound is limited to 1 minute, recording a phone conversation is limited to 5 minutes. Also, it only records what is said on the other end of the conversation, and not your voice. It's annoying as heck because you listen afterwards to the person talking to themselves with long gaps in between sayings and you have to guess what you said. Does anyone know any way to change this, so that it records both sides of the phone call?

6:28 PM  
Anonymous Mark said...

I saw someone on one topic was wondering about the legality of recording a phone conversation... it is legal to record any phone conversations as long as one of the parties is aware of the recording... so for example, you can record your own phone conversations because you are aware that you are being recorded, even if the other party does not... so the other way around is also legal, they can record a conversation with you that you are unaware of as long as they are... it is illegal to record (or listen in on) a phone conversation in which neither conversing parties are aware... this is phone tapping... it can only be done by law enforcement after obtaining a warrant from a judge or without a warrant in the name of national security, but only with reasonable suspicion of terrorist activities by one or both parties... in other words, you'll never have to worry about this unless you receive calls from or place calls to known terrorists or terrorist organizations

12:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Be aware of the law in your state.

"it is legal to record any phone conversations as long as one of the parties is aware of the recording..."

I would read this before deciding weather it is legal in your area.

It is not legal in some states.

"it is illegal to record (or listen in on) a phone conversation in which neither conversing parties are aware"

Is legal in some states as long as your the one that setup the phone service and/or your name is on the bill. Is illegal to otherwise.

I would read this before doing so, or face possible prossecution if the other party finds out and doesn't like it. You can be sued in some states and it can be expensive.

In almost all cases, recorded conversations will not be allowed as evidence. This is upto the judge presiding over the case. And if you don't known the law in your state, you could be prossecuted for doing it. Consult a lawyer first.

8:13 AM  
Anonymous Andrew said...

hi andy,
your blog has been more helpful than my phone's manual, thanks. i'm hoping you've managed to open recorded voicemails on your computer. i keep getting codec errors/parsing errors with the qcp files i get from my phone. i would have emailed but couldn't find that. thanks! -Andrew

10:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Regarding the Codec issues, it appears to need the EVRC codec (not included with Windows XP, go figure). I know this is big with some of the VoIP software... Anyone know where to download it??


11:14 AM  
Blogger Kung Phil said...

The reason that you can not listen to or convert some of the qcp files is that your service provider uses the EVRC codec which is a third party codec so it is not included with the PureVoice software. Verizon uses EVRC to conserve bandwidth (and fit more calls on a switch). When you buy the phone, it is set to use the EVRC codec. You can change your voice codec from EVRC (Enhanced Variable Rate Codec) to 13K in the programming menu. Switching to 13K will use the full supported level of bandwidth, and provides crystal clear quality. NOTE: The tower has ultimate authority over audio codec, so this only works in some locations.

To change your voice codec, use the following key strokes:

Field Tests
Voice So

I have had success by changing EVRC Capable to False, Home Page to 13K QCELP, Home Origin to 13K QCELP, and Raom Origin to 13K QCELP.

8:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

voip software

Here's some useful info on voip software which you might be looking for. The url is:

9:01 PM  

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