The Beginners Guide to Reverse Phone Lookups

Written by on October 29, 2012 in Technology - 1 Comment | Print this page


Reverse phone lookups aren’t a new convenience, but they are considered by some to still be in their formative years as their popularity continues to grow. While most people wonder why anyone would need such a service, the majority of users are amazed as to why more people don’t use it.

Before there were online sites for this purpose, telecom companies would publish paper directories for reverse lookups. You had to go through sequentially until you found the number you were looking for. As you can imagine, this was a tedious process that could easily put you off unless you were desperate. What’s worse is that you often had to look at multiple lists because you didn’t know which company serviced that phone to begin with.

When did FREE become FEE?

With the advent of the digital age, this invaluable service became more accessible, and independent, private companies started compiling data from different phone companies and putting them together to offer more and more comprehensive lists. Around this time, the facility started becoming a paid one as opposed to the free directories that were available on paper.

For landline phones, free online reverse lookup directories are generally extensive enough for you to get a ‘hit’ on a business or residential phone. However, unlisted numbers are usually excluded from this service. Certain reverse lookup services make it easier to find and retrieve unlisted phone numbers.

As phone companies got bigger and beefed up their databases, various private companies paid them for access to massive lists of numbers, both landline and mobile. With cellular operators, the costs involved in leasing out databases with regular updates are considerable, yet, a necessity. For this reason, the industry introduced different usage plans: for example, you can either sign up for a number-by-number charge plan or go the whole hog and take up an unlimited subscription.

Why is a Reverse Phone Lookup Such a Vital Service?

As technology has improved, additional data fields have also been made available. Today, you can find not only a name and address to go with a phone number, but even get information that would normally be privy only to law enforcement and other officials – general background check, arrest history and even criminal history pertaining to the legal owner of a particular number. In short, you can find out if your beady-eyed brother-in-law ever got arrested, and why.

The unbelievable amount of security it can give us provides the ability to know that there’s always a way to identify who is calling you at all times. There are paid services available that have over 300 million records, searched in real time, to give you as many details about the subject as possible. Some providers are also available that will not charge you if you don’t get a ‘hit’ – make sure you choose the best service available to suit your specific needs and requirements.
It’s an understatement to say that reverse phone lookup services have improved over the years.

What would take hours then takes milliseconds now. What was a mere name and address to go with a number has become a well-tuned tracking mechanism that competes at a much higher level. The information era has truly come of age.

This is a guest post.  Alfred Skyrunner has been an expert in the communications industry for nearly 15 years. He has seen many improvements to the telecommunication security market over the years, and considers reverse call lookups to be one of the best. The ability to find out who is calling you and keep fully aware of all your communication options is now as important as ever. Reverse Lookup Central has years of experience in providing expert reverse lookup technology, providing you with a solution to your telecommunication needs.

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