A paper on modeeffects in semi-structured interviews with children has been published in 'Sociological Methodology' 43(1). In this paper telephone and face-to-face interviews are compared in order to analyse the general applicability of telephone interviews and their peculiarities when researching children. The results showed very little difference between the two modes of interview and therefore challenge the reluctance to conduct semi-structured telephone interviews, both in qualitative research and with children.