China's Zhejiang Province recently saw the launch of the An Cun Yu Lu phone call recording notarization system, and as call recording systems go, this one may very well take the cake.
It's not just a recording system, but a full-on call notarization system. Though there are those questioning the need for such a system, there are some clear advantages that come to mind.
With the An Cun Yu Lu phone system, those in Zhejiang Province – businesses or individuals – will be able to not only record a call, but when they dial 95105856 and follow some basic voice instructions, they'll subsequently be able to store the recording on aliyun.com.
Should the users want to, they can then visit their account online and notarize each recorded call as they see fit to make it useful later, as evidenced in a future court proceeding.
A joint service of Aliyun, Ancun.com, provider China Tietong Hangzhou Branch, and the Hangzhou Xihu Notarization Office, An Cun wanted to make it clear that the service is free until users decide to notarize a call, in which case it is 50 cents per minute.
Naturally, given the large number of call recording applications and devices out there already, some have questioned whether the An Cun Yu Lu system is really all that valuable. Admittedly, it does seem to be somewhat lacking in the face of overwhelming competition. But it's not the call recording that makes this one as impressive as it does so much as the notarization feature.
For those times when you absolutely have to have a notarized copy of a phone call – the kind of thing that may well make or break a court case – then something like this would seem an utter godsend.
Thus the question of “just how necessary is the An Cun Yu Lu” is a question that can really only be answered by degrees. Just how badly does a particular business or individual need ammunition in court cases? Just how badly does that same business or individual want to have said ammunition on hand? If the answer is anywhere near “badly,” then having a service like this would prove useful.
Otherwise, chances are users can get by just fine with one of the many other such offerings out there, and probably already are.
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Edited by Braden Becker