Hunt That Cell Phone Number Owner With Reverse Lookup

By: Elaine Edwards

When you're stoked with calls from an unidentified cell phone number (and that number just conveniently hangs up on you each time you pick up the phone), the customary reaction would be is to reach out for a directory. But wait, there is no directory for cell phone numbers!

Should you wish to hunt that cell phone number owner, you can hire a private detective to track it down, in which case, you'll have to prepare to dole out a good amount of money. A much more affordable option would be is to track the details of the cell phone number owner through a reverse lookup service.

What is a reverse lookup service? It is pretty much like looking up a number in a regular directory, except that you use the number to find a name and address, not the other way around. Out on the Internet you can find many reverse lookup companies. Many of them are good and reputable companies. But the price they charge are not as cheap as you might long. When locating the owner of just one cell phone number alone, they can bill you $25 each time. A few websites though simply charge a one-time fee for a countless number of searches. The price can be as high as $59.

The price of reverse lookups is expensive, people often wonder if there is a free reverse lookup service. Well, you can try. In most cases, however, you'll only find a free search on a landline number, not a cell phone number.

There's a very good reason why you won't find free reverse lookups. Cell phone service companies keep a private database of their subscribers. This database is not something they agree to give in right away to directory companies without anything in return. They hold it closely in their hands, and reverse lookup companies have to gratify those hands by paying for access to the database. It can cost reverse lookup companies tens of thousands in dollars just to acquire databases from different cell phone service companies. It's a different set of dollars to keep their database updated.

In Favor Of A Reverse Lookup

It's easy to track a cell phone number owner through an online reverse lookup. Simply enter the number in the search button and the record of the number's owner will be at hand for you. A common search result would have the owner's name, address and cell phone company.

A few companies allow you to extend your search to include the cellphone owner's legal records as to whether he or she has a criminal record, or perhaps whether he or she might have ever been married, among other official and recorded information.

In choosing a reverse lookup company, the first thing you need to consider is if the company has a money-back guarantee and if the company is keen on providing customer service. Should you receive no email from the company within 24 hours, then perhaps it isn't worth it.

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