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    Recording mobile phone messages to PC

    I realize this isn't strickly a computer hardware issue but here's my question. I have a friend who has numerous voice mail messages she'd like to keep. She asked me if I would save them to a CD for her. I haven't given her an answer yet because I don't want to dismiss her request without knowing for sure. Is there a way to do this - download voice mail messages from a mobile phone to a PC and then burn them to a CD to be listened to later through a CD player? Complicated business and I wouldn't think so but that's why I am asking, I really don't know!

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    Re: Recording mobile phone messages to PC

    Firstly the phone must be able to connect to a pc - not all phones have this capability - using a data cable or bluetooth plus the supplied software ( I had a Nokia and it came with "Nokia PC Suite which enabled you to download contacts, address, numbers, media i.e pictures, ring tones etc) and what I did was save the voice messages to the "saved voice messages folder" on the phone and from there download to my pc using Nokia PC Suite, and from there they would play but cant remember what the file type was and if it was possible to copy them to any other media. I suppose you would have to conver them to MP3. Have changed phones now so cant experiment for you, sorry not much help.

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    Re: Recording mobile phone messages to PC

    Thanks for your reply. The information you supplied is definitely more than I knew before! <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> I will be the first to admit that I know nothing about "bluetooth" or "mobile phone" capabilities. The only thing I use the mobile phone for is emergencies and talking to our kids which is sort of free since they have the same mobile phone provider as ours. <img src=/S/yep.gif border=0 alt=yep width=15 height=15> I'll have to check with my friend and see if she has a cable, etc. She didn't say what she had when she asked the favor! Thanks again for your help!


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    Re: Recording mobile phone messages to PC

    Second to Jeff's post... many mobile service providers store the voice messages on their network and not in the device itself. Not to mention, Verizon in particular blocks access to some of the phone's directory system, so that even with a data cable you could be stuck.

    Ostensibly, you could connect the earpiece jack on the phone to a line input on a sound card and record using the Windows Sound Recorder, but it would be in real-time and completely manual.
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    Re: Recording mobile phone messages to PC

    ...you could connect the earpiece jack on the phone to a line input on a sound card ...

    I haven't quite figured out how this can be done? These lines have earbuds on one end that don't plug into anything except a person's ear. What am I not understanding? Are you saying to splice the earpiece jack into another line so it could be plugged into the sound card? <img src=/S/confused.gif border=0 alt=confused width=15 height=20> Sorry I am such a <img src=/S/doh.gif border=0 alt=doh width=15 height=15> about understanding what you are suggesting!

    I did see that a usb cable could be purchased for her phone if it is the model I think it is [motorola razr] but I did not find a way to transfer her voice mail to a pc via this cable. There doesn't seem to be an easy way to accomplish what she wants done.... <img src=/S/sigh.gif border=0 alt=sigh width=15 height=15>


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    Re: Recording mobile phone messages to PC

    <hr>...There doesn't seem to be an easy way to accomplish what she wants... <hr>
    I agree with you there!

    I think to do the "patching" that Mark was talking about requires a "Radio Shack" cable that has the mini audio plugs on BOTH ends. I don't remember what the official name of the doggone plugs is called. If you got such a cable, of course, you could also plug the phone ear piece into a cassette recorder instead of the computer sound card, but either way it would be a terrible, slow manual job of play/record/stop and so on. I think your friend is barking up a wasted tree, Skitterbug...

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    Re: Recording mobile phone messages to PC

    Hi Al,

    Okay, a cable with the appropriate plugs on both ends does make sense to me. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> But yes, I agree that what she is asking is rather a hopeless task! <img src=/S/yep.gif border=0 alt=yep width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Recording mobile phone messages to PC

    Al's guess is correct. You'd have to build the cable, more than likely, since the connector on the phone will almost certainly be the smaller 2.5mm type. Sound cards use a 1/8" (2.5mm) connector, which is just a hair larger.

    You're correct about one thing: there is no easy way to get it done.
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    Re: Recording mobile phone messages to PC

    You might have to smile about this question but does Radio Shack actually make cables like this? If my friend is really desperate and wants to spend time hitting the start/stop button, I can point her to the store to pick one of these up on the way to my house! <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> And she'd better bring along a good brand of coffee too! <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15>


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    Re: Recording mobile phone messages to PC

    Does Radio Shack make such cables? Quite possible, but I don't know for sure. Certainly couldn't hurt to call and ask. They may have a 3.5 to 2.5 mm adapter that you could use on a patch cable, if you don't want to break out the soldering iron.
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    Re: Recording mobile phone messages to PC

    3.5 to 2.5 mm adapter that you could use on a patch cable, if you don't want to break out the soldering iron.

    I could be deadly with a soldering iron so if they have an adapter, I'd be better off! <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15>

    Thank you to you, Al and Jeff for all the help with this problem!

    AND gosh, it is good to see you out and about in the Lounge! <img src=/S/yep.gif border=0 alt=yep width=15 height=15>


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    Re: Recording mobile phone messages to PC

    Echo Skitterbug's comment about your "presence" in The Lounge. Can I change the subject a little to ask why you eliminated the hot links to your "new" radio profession from your sig? I used to visit the stations once in awhile to see if I could spot what you were doing.

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    Re: Recording mobile phone messages to PC

    Al, feel free to change the subject as often as you wish. Besides, I can always point the finger at you if the topic needs to be moved. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

    The reason I removed the links - and it is a temporary thing - is because of the shakeup that is going on in the radio market here. Cumulus (our parent company) sold the IP rights for Mojo 94.9 to Radio One, who changed the dial position and modified the format. We are currently simulcasting the country station (originally 96.5) on 94.9. The reason behind this is fairly straightforward: the signal for the country station was on a tower north of the city and had difficulty penetrating the downtown area. The Mojo format was dying out across the country and had not moved up in the ratings for about a year. Cumulus saw the opportunity to put their country station on one of the best towers in town and jumped on it.

    Most of what's happening at the moment is top secret and none of us knows details. We do know that a third station will come online before Halloween, and I suspect it will be all Christmas until the end of the year, when the real stunting will begin (to introduce the new format). There has also been speculation that the Star (the country station) will be reinventing itself with a new logo and possibly even a new name. The moves enable us to compete on level ground with heritage country station (I can't even bring myself to mention the name!) while introducing a new station that will supplement our powerhouse, Warm 98.

    Since you expressed curiosity about what I've been up to... here's a few spots that I recently voiced. Things are changing rapidly for me down (up?) here, I'll keep you posted!
    <UL><LI>Spec for Brenda Bonecutter, divorce lawyer
    <LI>Custom Computer Factory, back to school special
    <LI>MortgageWise, my personal favorite of late
    <LI>Lastly, my imaging demo[/list]Too much detail? Not enough? <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Recording mobile phone messages to PC

    Since I started this thread, I sure don't mind having it <img src=/S/jollyroger.gif border=0 alt=jollyroger width=29 height=18> <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15> Thanks for filling Al and the rest of us in on what you have been up to! <img src=/S/yep.gif border=0 alt=yep width=15 height=15> It would be amazing if there was a radio station devoted entirely to Christmas music! I'd enjoy that one! <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>


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    Re: Recording mobile phone messages to PC

    If the new station doesn't do it... then Warm 98 will. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15> I'll be sure to let you know! Lest I forget, my warmest thanks for telling me that I was missed.
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