Recording phone conversations, once only relegated to the world of 007 and government phone taps, is actually really useful for journalists. You can’t always meet up with a source face-to-face, and when you can’t, it’s easy to lose a few crucial soundbites in the melee of furiously scribbling notes. Luckily there’s an app that both records and transcribes the conversation for you.

NoNotes, a (mostly) free app available on the App Store and Google Play, records outgoing calls either through the app or by dialing 1 (866) 845-6425 from any phone. The service offers free, subscription and pay-as-you-go plans after you set up a free online account.

How it Works

Simply click on one of the options pictured above to start. The app will then take you to your contacts where you can click a previously saved contact or you can press the phone icon to call a new number. After you dial the number and press ‘Make a Call,’ an automated voice will inform you of your monthly balance and the recording begins. It’s that easy.

Pricing and Features

NoNotes is also capable of recording inbound calls, but it requires a few more steps. Users who choose a free account are allotted 20 minutes of free recording per month. Transcription is offered to free account holders but transcription fees apply so it’s not really free per se. After ending a call, the recorded conversation will be sent to your email account  where it can be shared with others or downloaded and listened to. For $10 a month, you get 100 minutes and unlimited outgoing lines. If you need something in between, you can pay only for what you use at a rate of a quarter per minute.

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