Reverse Telephone Lookup: Do An Instant Record Search Now!
It's closing in on 2013 and everyone I know has a cellphone. Cellphones are almost more common than landlines anymore, especially if you live in a larger city. Take a second to think about how many phones are in your house. If you live alone, sure it might be one or two. If you're a Mom or Dad with kids, you could very well have close to a half dozen phones circulating around.
In this highly phone dependent world, everyone is in a similar situation. No matter who you are, your friends have a pile of phone numbers, your employer has even more and if you add in acquaintances and family members this number booms. Everyone is simply bombarded by phone numbers it seems. Caller ID does a good job telling us who called as long as the caller took the time to fill out the little box on the phone contract form saying they want their information to show up when they make calls. If they didn’t do this or simply ask to have their information withheld, the caller becomes just “a number” that can be hard to associate with anything. People can do this to harass others but usually just don’t like the idea of it; it can seem like a breach in privacy.
Inevitably, we'll end up with numbers without names and will want or sometimes, need, to know who that number belongs to. Here are some common reasons we might need to know who called.
We're Being Harassed
It's unfortunate but not everyone we’ll meet in our lives will have good intentions. Some people might get a kick out of prank calling people they know well or not at all. Ex-spouses, old relationships that ended badly or even people we've declined to date can take it upon themselves to make our lives a living hell by calling over and over and over. They can block their name and try to block their number but you can have your phone only accept calls if they have a number listed. This will give you at least one piece of information you need, their phone number.
We Are Afraid Of Missing An Important Call
You just applied for a job, house, loan or other important, potentially life-changing situation or event. When the calls come, missing one could be disastrous, especially if you can't identify the name on your caller iD or there simply isn't a name at all. Not long ago, there was no way to figure out who called unless you simply cold-call them back. This can lead to uncomfortable "did someone call me from this number" conversations.
So what's the solution here? Well, it's actually quite simple. You can do a reverse telephone lookup to find any number imaginable matched with their owner. It doesn’t matter if it's a private individual or company, you'll instantly have that number matched with a records database of every phone number there is.
How does this work and how can I do it?
Using a Free Service
A free service is naturally where we all go first. Paying for things is no fun and most everyone will try hard to avoid that. A free reverse telephone lookup can sometimes give you basic information but these are usually limited to the point that you'll get some initials, an address or a map. Sometimes you'll get a combination of these but they'll all lack one important thing. DETAILS. Some of these free search sites could also infect your PC with spyware so use caution when visiting them and don't ever run executable files you download from them.
Using a Paid Service
A paid lookup service is absolutely the way to go. These can give you some similar results as a free search but they won’t tease you with initials or a map that roughly shows you were the phone number's owner lives.
You'll get full names, up-to-date addresses, company names, relative's names, birthdates and exact driving directions should you require them. You can usually do a single search for a couple dollars or join a low-price plan of some kind that lets you conduct a specific amount (or unlimited) of searches per month.
Things you can do with a reverse telephone lookup include:
- End Harassing Calls
- Get Information on Who’s Calling Your Kids
- Get Information on Who’s Calling Your Wife/Husband
- Fill Out Your Address Book Without Embarrassing Calls
- Send Gifts Without Directly Asking For Addresses
- Find Out Who's Calling in Real Time as Your Phone Is Ringing
- Call Back Important Missed Callers
The reason you might want to do any kind of search on a caller is completely up to you. A search site will never ask why and this discretion can be invaluable if a family member is speaking to someone they shouldn’t be or you’ve just been absent minded and don’t want to ask someone for information you’ve asked for multiple times.As of 2012, you can use reverse telephone lookups for landlines and cellphones both though the rates may vary by phone type. This is an amazingly useful service and I for one wish it existed decades ago