A front-page article in Sunday's Tribune caught my attention. It told of a couple who continued to make payments on their deceased daughter's cell phone account so they could find comfort in the sound of her recorded voicemail greeting. I can only imagine their heartbreak in discovering that their provider had permanently deleted their daughter's greeting during a system upgrade. I wonder how many other grieving individuals have found themselves in a similar situation, losing forever that small, but cherished, connection to their loved one.
There is an easy preventative solution to this dilemma, and it comes in the form of the mobile phone itself. My cell phone happens to be an iPhone, but I assume other brands have very similar functions and storage capabilities.
Most people frequently use the camera function on their mobile phone but probably overlook the phone's built-in audio recorder. Treasured recorded greetings or messages can easily be captured as a voice memo on a mobile phone and transferred to a computer without the necessity of complicated software.
You would need one additional phone (either a land line or a cell), in addition to your own cell phone. On the land line/cell, dial the phone number of the greeting you wish to preserve and hit the speakerphone setting. On your cellphone hit the record button on the "voice memo" function of the "utilities" icon found on the desktop. Hold the phones in close proximity as the greeting or message records live to your cell phone.
The next time you attach your cell phone to your computer via USB cable, the recording you made will automatically load (sync) to your iTunes music library. It will be listed as a voice memo along with the date and time of recording. This audio file can easily be saved for posterity on a flash drive or transferred to a CD within the iTunes program. A playback of the recording can be used to re-install the loved one's greeting in the event it is ever inadvertently deleted.
Obviously, this same recording process can be used to capture and save any and all the sounds around you. Is it time to record and save forever those treasured audio moments in your loved one's lives while you still have that opportunity?