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Recording from a cell phone

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Sneed, Apr 21, 2009.

  1. Sneed

    Sneed Guest

    Hey everyone,

    I think there's already been a post that references this but I couldn't find it, so....

    I have a RAZR2 cell phone and digital recorder. I need to do a lot of interviews over the phone in the next couple of months, and want to record them. Since the RAZR2 doesn't have a headphone input, it makes it harder to find what I need. Anyone have any suggestions about what I could use to record my conversations from the phone to the recorder?

    Thanks a ton.
  2. PeteyPirate

    PeteyPirate Guest


    Dial "3" for transcripts.
  3. GB-Hack

    GB-Hack Active Member

    Doesn't it have a standard speakerphone function? I have a really low-level phone that does, and I've never had a problem turning it on and recording.
  4. jps

    jps Active Member

  5. mediaguy

    mediaguy Well-Known Member

    I've got a cheap cellphone, but I've found that even without speakerphone, if you max the volume on the cell and hold the recorder to your ear* it picks up fine. I always find speakerphone tends to take away from the conversation -- makes people uneasy, less talkative.

    * same one the phone is at
  6. mellinger

    mellinger New Member

    Buy this:


    It's fantastic.
  7. jps

    jps Active Member

    mell, guy doesn't have a way to plug anything in. that was kind of the whole starting point.
  8. Sneed

    Sneed Guest

    I did find an adapter for five bucks that I could plug into the charging dock on my phone, but the other end is too small. What mellinger suggested will work if I can find an adapter for my too-small plug.

    EDIT: [/that's what she said]

    That sounds retarded but I don't care enough right now to edit it....
  9. Joe Williams

    Joe Williams Well-Known Member

    The plug goes into the digital recorder, which I'm assuming has a microphone plug. Nothing has to be plugged into the phone.

    Heck, now that I've seen it -- and mellinger vouches for it -- I might get one myself. Just so it doesn't cause me to smash the earplug into my ear when I hold the phone tight.
  10. jps

    jps Active Member

    well, my sorrys, then, mell. didn't look too close, just saw the adapter. thanks, joe.
  11. Del_B_Vista

    Del_B_Vista Active Member


    It works on any phone, too, cell or landline. You put the earbud in your ear next to the receiver and it records the entire call. It plugs into the mic jack on your recorder. It's much smaller than any of those cellphone adapters, requires no power and works, like I said, on all phones.
  12. 2muchcoffeeman

    2muchcoffeeman Active Member

    Less confusingly, it looks like this:


    Can't even count how many times somebody'd call me on my cell phone and I had to say, "Hold on. Can I get you back on my landline? I'm, uh, 'low on minutes.'"
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