With many cell phone carriers available to Angelinos, it’s no wonder that most cell phone users switch carriers every two years. However, many customers are reluctant to switch because they are afraid of losing those saved voicemails that would be deleted should they select a new carrier. For one such customer, his voicemails were deleted when he switched plans within the same carrier. And boy was he upset!
To avoid losing those precious voicemails, before you switch plans, carriers or phones, record your voicemails on your computer. Call your cell phone number using a “soft phone” service like Skype. Then use a free audio/recording software like Audacity to record your voicemails while “listening” to them on your PC. That way you have a digital file of those important Voicemails you don’t want to lose – just in case they “accidentally” get deleted by your carrier.
If you’re using a “soft phone” service like Skype, you can subscribe to the month-to-month plan for $2.99 which gives you unlimited calls for 30 days. Or use Skype credit (minimum $10) and that service charges their U.S. per-minute rate (2.3¢/min). Your available credit balance never expires so you can use it only when you need it. You can download their software on their website.
Google Voice also has a similar service using their credit (minimum $10) service. Apparently their calls within the U.S. are free with no connection fees.
Audacity is a great free recorder and converter. You can use it to record your Voicemails when you’re calling your cell phone on your PC. Audacity allows you to convert your recently recorded file to MP3 format, while saving it to your hard drive so you can keep that recording forever.
Audacity can also be used to record those old LP tracks, 8-tracks, cassettes or CD’s you have lying around, allowing for an easy MP3 conversion. However, to do that, you will need a 3.5mm stereo cable (male to male) to plug from your player’s headphone outlet to your PC’s headphone outlet, which you can buy for about $2 on eBay.