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Can saved telephone messages be transferred and saved as audio files?

Discussion in 'Archive: Phones & Handheld Devices' started by wgreene, Jan 11, 2011.

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  1. wgreene

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    My sister has several saved telephone messages from our Mother which she would like to save as audio files. Before deleting them from her phone she would like, if possible, to transfer and save them to a computer or to some portable device. Is it possible to do this? Thank you.
     
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    On the radio about a year ago....there was a man who had saved messages from a deceased family member....the telephone company deleted them as they were old...he called them..the retrieved them from a backup and put them back so he could listen to them at will again....the moral..the phone company can handle the files for sure.
    Now for an individual....one could do it the old fashioned way by playing them{on speaker phone} and recording them with a mic...windows has software for mic recordings.
    You may want to check with your local laws to see if this has conflict with any privacy issues however
     
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    The closest legal analogy I've found is to a letter where the contents are owned by the writer under copyright law but the physical letter is owned by the recipient because the writer gave it to him/her. So the recipient can sell the letter without permission, but not reprint it. Nor, presumably copy it except for backup. (Note that the recipient can reprint portions of the letter under the fair use provision of copyright law, but reprinting the letter as a whole document is forbidden.)

    In this case I'd suspect the 'backup' provision would apply, provided it's technically feasible to do so. Distribution of the messages (say sending copies to other family members) would probably be illegal though. If there's any question though I'd check with your own lawyer. IANAL and don't know your local laws.
     
  4. indigic

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    are you asking about messages saved on mobile phone.?? if so then it is pretty easy..:)
    Just connect your mobile to PC via cable or bluetooth and transfer all files to PC. Then you can play these files with any compatible player..
     
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    Arent voicemail messages saved on the server?
     
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    Apologies for late reply!!

    Voice messages are certainly saved on operator's servers. If the messages in question are voice mail messages then i guess they can be requested and received from the operator for a charge.

    If somebody can throw a light on this it would be great.
     
  7. wgreene

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    That's the answer I was hoping for. I'll certainly try it. Thank you!
     
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    Yes, her messages are saved on her mobile phone.
     
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