Over the years, the iPhone (News - Alert) has transformed into a popular device for reporters, its recording capabilities allowing them to get rid of their audio recorders, video cameras, radio cars, or satellite trucks (in some instances). However, the iPhone doesn't really have a native feature that allows you to record calls.
The reason that the iPhone doesn't natively let you record conversations is because of Apple's (News - Alert) compliance to US phone-recording legislation. It looks like this legislation is here to stay, meaning that phones in the foreseeable future won't be including such features. If you're not in the US, these laws don't concern you. While you're allowed to record calls, there are some guidelines that you must follow to do this in the UK. You must identify yourself and ask for permission to record the conversation. Without the receiving party's permission, you could be charged for a felony. McNae's Essential Law for Journalists says that. "Ofcom guidance states that it is acceptable for journalists to record their own calls for note-taking purposes."
Recording calls on your iPhone can be tricky, but that can be remedied by using an app. You can use Instant Call Recording, a free application. However, it adds certain costs when you're recording an incoming call. CallTrunk is another option, allowing you to record Skype (News - Alert) calls.
But then there's "ipadio," a platform that lets you broadcast calls on the Web. The trick is to make the recordings private, which can be done through the platform's settings. After setting up an account, you can record your calls by calling ipadio's number to use it as an intermediate party between you and the person you're calling. In fact, the only thing you pay for is the cost of the call to ipadio's London broadcasting number (020 8185 0500). The iOS app streamlines this process even further, completing calls for you as you add them. Once the call is finished, the mp3 recording of the call will appear on your phone and a copy of it will exist on your online ipadio account. This is probably the best current workaround for the inability to record calls on the iPhone.
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Edited by Brooke Neuman