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How to record phone calls to your PC

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QUESTION I’m looking for a reasonably cheap way to record conversations over a digital enhanced cordless telecommunications (Dect) phone. I tried Googling for answers, but the numerous suggestions have left me bewildered. I need to be able to hook it up to the PC to transcribe conversations. gengiscant

HELPROOM ANSWER Dect phones have encrypted signals (albeit a weak 35bit and 64bit method), so any kind of device that ‘sniffs out’ the signal is out of the question.

Most commercial phone-recording products are based around connecting to desktop phones using a microphone attached to the phone speaker or a USB device that’s inserted ‘in-line’ between the phone and handset.

Some Dect handsets have a built-in call-recording option, but getting these calls off the phone and on to your PC would be nigh-on impossible, I suspect. The quickest and easiest method is to buy a telephone-recording device – such as this £12 device from Maplin  – and slave it to your PC’s line-in socket.

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