You’d think that with all of the recent BlackBerry OS updates, RIM would have provided the ability to record phone calls. This can be beneficial for many purposes. Often, people have to take notes when on the phone. That’s no good if you’re not sitting down. Having the voice recorder makes it easier to have the conversation and pick out the important parts later. For others, like me, it is a great tool for interviews. It feels embarrassing sometimes when an interviewee asks for your number, and you have to explain that you must dial in, since the only way you can record the call is via Skype. Is there any way we can record calls on our BlackBerry?
Voice Recorder Notes
If you have a newer OS (mine is 188.8.131.52), you’ll have the Voice Recorder Notes application. When I first saw this, I thought it was a great way to record phone calls. However, as you can see from the screenshot, that just can’t happen. I didn’t expect much of it, anyway. I figured it just used the built-in mic, which means that the caller on the other end would be horribly muffled at best. Instead, the application simply won’t work while the phone is active. So much for that idea.
There has to be a way, though. Right?
Back at WES, I ran into a company called Ring2. They deal with conference calling, and have an application built for BlackBerry. In addition to a host of other features, they offer the ability to record conference calls. Since you technically can hold a call with just two participants, you can utilize the feature for your basic call recording needs.
The downside is that it costs. They don’t publish their prices, but expect a monthly fee rather than a flat-rate download. This looks like one of the easiest ways to record your calls.
In searching for an answer to the call recording question, I stumbled across Grand Central, a Google project. Among its many features is the ability to record incoming calls, simply by hitting the number 4 on your keypad. From what I’ve gathered, this only works with incoming calls. Still, it’s better than nothing.
(By the by, does anyone know which weighs more: All of the trees cut down to make U.S. dollars in one year, or all the trains traveling through Grand Central Station in one year?)
So it looks like we don’t have a ton of options for recording calls on our BlackBerry devices. RIM didn’t include such an ability in OS 4.5, or at least as far as I’m able to tell. We might see updates to third-party applications like VR+, but even then we can’t be sure if this is on the developer’s agenda.
Anyone have a better solution out there? Please, please leave it in the comments if you do.