Reverse Cell Phone Lookups, Do They Work?

When do you need a reverse phone service?
If you want to find the name and location of the owner of a specific phone number (cellular or landline) and this number is not listed in whitepages or phone books, you will need a specialized reverse phone lookup service. These services operate by purchasing access to subscriber databases of various mobile operators and phone companies. By combining multiple sources of information, they provide users with a capability to search through a huge database containing almost all phone numbers in the USA. This database includes land line numbers, unlisted numbers and cell phone numbers.
Reverse phone lookup services are bound by agreements with phone companies, which prohibit them from providing this information for free (primarily for the reasons of privacy). This is the reason why you need a valid credit card or paypal account to register and use these services. This ensures that they cannot be utilized for illegal purposes (e.g. stalking.) Besides, phone companies charge for access to their databases in the first place, so reverse lookup services try to recoup some of their costs by requiring a subscription fee.
Are there any free alternatives to paid reverse phone lookup services?
If you don't feel like using paid services, there are a few alternatives that may help. You may look up the number in publicly available whitepages or phone books, or use an internet search engine, such as Google or Yahoo. However, if the number in question is cell phone or unlisted, you search will most likely provide no results, because such information is not publicly available. It won't hurt to try, though.
What kind of information you can expect to find using a cell phone lookup service?
You can expect to find the owner's name and address. Some services also provide additional information such as the list of household members.
How to use a reverse phone lookup service?
Simply enter the phone number which you are researching into the online form. Most services will immediately provide the following information for free:

  • Whether the phone number in question is cellular or land line.
  • The precise location (city and state) where the number is registered.
  • Whether any additional information about this number is available.
To find the name of the phone's owner, you will need to purchase access to the service (a nominal yearly fee is usually required). As mentioned above, the registration requirement is a way of ensuring the service will not be used illegally.

Are reverse phone lookup services legal?
Yes, cell phone lookup services are completely legal, provided you use the obtained information for lawful purposes. In particular, you are not allowed to take advantage of this information for making telemarketing calls.
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Do Reverse Phone Lookup Services Really Work?

Do Reverse Phone Lookup Services Really Work?

One of the questions we keep getting with these reverse phone lookup services is, "Do they really work?"

What we found and explained in our "how to
find someone by phone number" review is that phone directories (the free ones) only provide valid information for landlines. So, if you are looking someone up by their landline telephone, you should try a free service first. If you’re lucky enough to get results, then your search can stop there. In most cases, you’ll need to try a slightly different approach.

What do I do next?

Cell phones and unlisted phone numbers basically get no results on these services. Why you ask? It's simple. Landlines are considered public domain and therefore have to be made available to the public. You can, however, pay a small fee to have your number removed from these directories (which we'd recommend to anyone for privacies sake).

Another problem lies in the fact that all of the free services use the same database to hold their phone numbers so trying multiple free sites might be a huge waste of time.

The best way to find the contact info of the number you are looking at is by using a paid service (we don't like the sound of that either). But we think you'll find it to be a good investment if you are in need of this kind of service. After doing some research we found that these types of reverse phone lookup services are used by local stores to keep track of anyone who calls for product info.

Hopefully this post cleared up any confusion about these services.

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Find Someone By Phone Number

We recently did a review on reverse phone lookups that will show you how to find someone by phone number. Many of you have asked us to give a quick run down explaining exactly why you should use one of these services.

Why do a Reverse Phone Lookup?

There are several reasons why someone might need to
find someone by phone number. Maybe you have a suspicious number on the caller ID, or maybe you need to find the address of a business contact and you feel awkward calling them. There is also the possibility of a prankster who keeps calling you harassing you or your family members.

With a reverse phone lookup service, you can literally have their information in seconds. You’ll be able to find information such as address, first name, last name, and much more.

While a reverse phone lookup can be beneficial in many ways, to really reap the benefits, we would recommend using a service with a proven database of both listed numbers and cell phone numbers. We show you the best three
here. You could also try a free reverse phone lookup service. Free reverse phone lookup services will provide you the information you need, but they aren’t good for anything other than landline numbers. You won’t be able to find out anything about cell phone or unlisted numbers, and that really doesn't do that much since 95% of people use cell phones.

Is It Hard To Find Someone By Phone Number?

The answer is no. We found it to be very straight forward. Once you’ve taken care of the details, all you need to do to start your reverse phone lookup is enter the number, including both the area code and the seven digit number. Then you hit the “Search” button and the system will start to match your number with one of the millions of records in the their database. That's It!

In seconds, you’ll have your results, along with access to expanded people search databases. One of the best things we found about these reverse phone directories is that if you don't get results, you don’t pay. It’s as simple as that!

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