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A few years ago when we had to learn some more details about a certain phone number we usually had to hire a private investigator. Unfortunately, services of such professionals can be extremely expensive even for such an easy job like reversing a phone number. On the other hand, private detectives still stay the most effective and accurate way to learn more information about any cellphone number holder.

Fortunately modern technology offers us quite a few alternatives and there are a few which are actually free. The free ones are the least effective but they can still bring you some decent results. The first method will be a traditional search engine, you just type the phone number and browse through the results in order to check whether the phone number has been published somewhere. If you can’t find anything, always try to type the phone number in different formats like “5555555555” or “555-555-5555”, because it can increase the chances of finding the right record.

If you can’t find anything that satisfies you, you can try to check services of people searches such as ZabaSearch or Pipl. These are very comprehensive searches, but most of the interesting data is not available for free. Even if you manage to find the person which you’re looking for, it will quite be difficult for you to learn much for free. The fees aren’t very high, but still you have to pay. On the other hand, once you pay you can gain access to person’s pictures as well as information gathered from social networking websites such as Facebook or Myspace which can be essential in many cases.

The last solution which you can choose is called cell phone lookup. It’s the just the most accurate solution after hiring PI, but the cost is significantly lower than a professional investigator. The amount of information which reverse phone lookup can retrieve is quite impressive. Not only will you get the person’s name as well as home address, but you will be also able to learn his or her previous addresses, family members, household income and depending on the website which you choose public records regarding the person.

If I have to reverse a cell phone number, I always start with the second method which I described – I try for example Google which is my favourite one. Then I usually go straight to a cell phone lookup since I find it a better solution that the people searches mentioned before.

Girl With a CellphoneWhen we meet a nice girl at a pub or in a club, we usually ask for her cell phone number so that we can call her the very next day and make an appointment or just text her. It’s needless to say that on many occasions the girl which we ask will give as a wrong number so to make sure she will never see or hear from us. However, it can often be difficult to determine whether the girl gave us her actual number or some fake one. Obviously it would be very stupid to ask her directly whether the number is her or not. And even if we call it the next day and nobody responds we still can’t be sure if it’s a good number or not.

I have found a very simple method which helps me in such situations. When I get back home after a party where got a girl’s cell phone number, I just look it up in a cell phone directory and check whether it belongs to the girl I met. Of course I assume that you ask her not only about her cell phone but about name as well, since it would be impossible to verify if it’s her number without knowing her name. On the other hand, when you type her phone number and find out that it belongs to some guy, you can be sure that she gave you a wrong cell number.

The single lookup is quite expensive, especially if you plan to check a few numbers a month. I personally pay for a monthly subscription which lets me execute as many searches as I want for a flat fee. Everything depends on your needs and you should always calculate which options suits you best. If you don’t get new phone numbers very often then maybe a single lookup will be ok for you, but if have more number, then you seriously ought to consider a subscription. If you worry that it’s too expensive to just verify if the girl gave the right number, you can always ask your friends and collect money for a subscription which you will share. If you manage to find 4 friends who are interested in such verification, you will divide the costs by four which will significantly lower them.

Remember to always look for a service which offers cell phone numbers and not only residential records, since such service will be useless in this case. And what is more important you can reverse land lines for free, so there is no point in paying for it.

Phone DirectoryTwenty years ago nobody would think that computers will become as popular as they are today. It was a shock to many people who though that there will be actually no use for them in our homes. After years they must have understood how wrong they used to be. Internet played a very important part in making computers more popular. Honestly I can’t imagine a computer without a connection to the internet, it would be just useless. There are a lot of services which are offered only online, which means that a pc with internet connection is absolutely required.

One of such services is a cellphone lookup which can be done only via internet. It’s a quite popular service which can give you some interesting details about a cell phone number owner, for example his name or address. However, it can work in the reversed way – you can find somebody’s cell phone number by his name. It will be a little bit more complicated since phone numbers are unique but people’s names aren’t and you will have to check a few records before you find the right one. The rules here is that the more information you know, the faster you will find the record.

Cell phone directories from time to time update their databases so to make sure that the data is still accurate. On the other hand it’s impossible to verify all the 300,000,000 records each day and thus a situation when wrong data is retrieved can occur. However, this is not a very often situation and usually if it happens, you will get your money back if you like. Of course you should always make sure before paying for service, that this will possible, since there are a few companies reported who charge you for finding a certain record but then they claim that they don’t have the record. And once you ask them to give the money back, you never hear from them again. Unfortunately, it’s quite a popular scam these days and many people have lost some bucks due to this. FTC have taken care of this issue, but there are still websites which work like this.

The easiest way to protect yourself against such rip-offs is to always read reviews and testimonials about the company on other websites. And do never believe just one review, try to find at least a few and analyze whether it was written by the company’s employee or whether it’s an honest review from a real customer.

If I had to count all my friends who don’t possess at least one cell phone, I think I would have to say there is no such person. And this is not only about my friends but about all people living in these times, it’s just impossible to conduct normal life without a cell. Just imagine that you have arranged a meeting with somebody but you have forgotten where exactly were you supposed to meet. How would you ask the other person about the place of your meeting? People who lived twenty years ago surely used to cope with such situation without using phones but for modern people it’s almost unimaginable.

Sometime’s it can happen that we need to call a friend whose phone number is not saved in our cell’s memory. Majority of people think that it’s quite difficult to obtain somebody’s cell phone number by his name. They think that it’s only possible for residential phone numbers, since they are aggregated into White Pages and published for example in the Internet. These people are partly right, since it’s a little bit easier to reverse a land line than a cell phone number. Cell number cannot be collected in any publicly available database without consent of the holder.

However, there are companies which specialise in gathering cell phone numbers data. Such companies buy information from big online stores as well as from other vendors who operate big customers’ databases. Then the information is processed and assembled into cell phone directories. Such directories can be searched by a the holder’s name as well as phone number. Thanks to this, you will be able to execute a cell phone search and find your mate’s number in just a few minutes. If you don’t find the record in the first website which you try, you shouldn’t give up and check other provider, because he may have to information which you need.

And you shouldn’t be worried that your friend will learn that you have been searching for his phone number in such a directory. All the searches are confidential and nobody will be able to find out about your investigation as long as everything what you do is legal and the law enforcement is not involved. It’s needless to say that in such case, they will request the information about any illegal action that you have performed and you have to suffer. On the other hand, while performing a reverse phone lookup is 100% legal it’s hard to imagine a situation when you break the law by using the information retrieved by such a lookup.