Your sales assistant will probably start by asking you a few questions.
The first question you'll need to answer is, "What kind of phone will you be using?" If you'll be using a cordless land line phone, you'll need a different type of recorder than you would use for a traditional land line phone with a handset and base.
If you're using a cell phone, you'll need a recorder designed to work with cell phones.
This is your first major decision.
Next, you'll be asked whether you want digital or cassette.
Cassette phone recorders are usually less expensive, and you may be tempted to skimp here.
But if you plan to keep copies of your calls, you may quickly spend a fortune on tapes.
With a digital device, you can upload files to your computer.
A digital recorder will also hold several hours of conversation, whereas with a tape machine you're limited to two hours per tape, maximum.
Once you describe your phone and make a decision between digital and cassette recorders, you will have a few telephone recording devices to choose from.
At this point, you will want to focus on sound quality, recording time, for a digital recorder, battery life, and portability.
It is very tempting to walk into a store or go online and buy the cheapest device you can find.
If you are not familiar with how telephone recorders work and the available features, you may not know what you need and what are just bells and whistles to impress people and raise the price.
Talking to someone who knows the products can help you narrow down your selections, and will often save you both money and frustration with your new telephone recorder.
You do not necessarily have to go to the local electronics store.
Consulting online reviews and informational sites can help you choose the right machine for your needs, and find the best price on the recording device you choose.