A reverse cell phone look up is a tool used by many people today who need to verify unknown numbers. If someone calls you and makes claims that sound too good to be true or you are just very careful about whom you give your number and talk on the phone to, cell phone lookups can help you put a name to the voice on the other line. Just having this name can help you discover other things about the person, helping you decide if you want to give them your time, trust them enough to be around them. Or trust them enough to do business with them.
Looking up reverse numbers is much easier if the number that has been calling you is a land line. While it is possible to reverse lookup a cell phone number, it can be very expensive and have limited success. This is because of the sheer number of cell phones in the world today, and also the frequency with which they change hands and phone numbers. For example, the person on the other line could have stolen the phone. Also, cell phone numbers are issued by the individual phone companies who provide service to that particular phone. These companies go to a lot of trouble to protect their customers. On the other hand, landline numbers are provided by an interlocking web of telephone providers, which makes sure that none of the numbers repeat. Landlines are also much easier because so much information on them already exists in the form of phone books and other phone number lists. Most of these lists are available to some extent on the internet. You would be surprised how many times your phone number is probably listed on the internet for the world to see.
Before you begin any type of reverse cell phone lookup, you should think about the ethical and legal ramifications behind it. People do have rights to their privacy. You can be violating these rights by using the information you find to harass or threaten that person. However, reverse cell phone lookup is legal in the United States as there are many innocent reasons you might need to do it.
To begin a reverse cellular phone lookup of a landline you can first try to use Google or any other search engine provider. These search engines use programs called crawlers. These programs comb through the billions of web pages on the internet including the lists where landline numbers are kept. Though you can use individual websites, such as the White Pages, these only have one list and will not always provide as good a result. After you type in the phone number, make sure it includes the area code and is separated by hyphens, click search and the search engine will attempt to find that number. Google even has a database of its own called the Google Phonebook. This will give you the phone owner’s name, the address where the phone is located, and a link to Google maps where you can see the address. Remember, the person who owns the phone might not always be the one who called you in case of landlines. When the number is a business, a large group of people might have accesses to the phone and anyone of them could have called. To help clarify and make sure this isn’t the case, you can then search the person’s name or business to find out other helpful information about them.
Sometimes links might come up that are not affiliated with the Google Phonebook. These are often databases of websites the solely deal with reverse cell phone lookup. If you go to these sites they will usually make you pay a small fee to view the information. However, they might already have a more thorough background on the person or organization you want to look up. This can include whether anyone else has tried to reverse look up the number before. If it has happened multiple times, you should be wary of some kind of telemarketing company or scam. If you want to avoid this fee, you can usually at least get the name of the phone owner from this website and Google them. Another option if the number can’t be found at all is to try just searching on the area code of the phone number. This will at least tell you what part of the country the person is calling from and you can better decide if you want to pursue even farther.
Since cell phone numbers are much harder to track, you are likely to have a much lower success rate that with landlines. Because these numbers are controlled by private companies, websites that specialize in reverse cell phone lookup have to pay those companies to have access to the numbers. This means you will have to find larger phone lookup websites and will probably have to pay a fee. These fees are usually around 15 dollars with an option to pay around 40 dollars to use the site for a whole year. The most popular of these pages by far are WhitePages.com and AnyWho.com. White Pages has around 37 million visitors a year and holds contracts with most of the major cell phone providers, giving it one of the larger databases. AnyWho.com is run by ATAT, which means that all of their cellphone numbers are listed on it. However, AnyWho only does about 3.3 million successful reverse cell phone lookups per year. Another cell phone company run database is Addresses.com, which is owned by Intelius.
Another advantage to using these larger more established websites is that most of them offer a money back guarantee if your search does not come up with any information. Some number cannot be found because many people pay extra small fees to the phone companies to keep their number and identity unlisted. You should also be wary of smaller sites that promise you sure things for free. These are often either illegally run or scams that will steal your credit card information.