Just How Accurate are Reverse Phone Directories Anyway?
There are dozens of different reverse phone directories on
the web which make it easy to find out who is calling you. But,
if you use a few of these phone number lookup services, you will
find out that the results vary drastically. Some will give you
extensive, accurate results about the owners of the phone number
(past and present) as well as links to their social media pages,
a job history, and even a criminal background check! But other
phone lookup services can’t even accurately tell you whose
number it is. Why is there such a disparity between these phone
number lookup services - and how can you pick one which really
Reverse Phone Directories Use Separate Databases
A basic, free reverse phone directory (such as the ones Google
and Yahoo have) rely on information from the phone companies and
which is listed in the White and Yellow Pages. Google used to
have a feature called “Phonebook” where you could type in a
landline phone number. With just the click of a mouse, it would
tell you whose number it was and also bring up a map to the
address! This service created mayhem amongst internet users who
were worried about their privacy. Most of them didn’t realize
that reverse phone directories – and maps – have been publicly
available in libraries for decades!
Google hid their Phonebook feature but there are plenty of other
reverse phone directories online. Most of these are limited to
just landlines because they only use information found in the
White and Yellow Pages. That means cell phones won’t be included
in the results.
Over the past 5 years, many intensive reverse cell phone
directories have been springing up to fill in the gap left by
landline reverse phone directories. These cell phone lookup
services must build up their own databases and they go to great
lengths to do so. They buy lists from marketing companies,
credit bureaus, pollsters, and even comb through public records
to get more accurate information. A lot of these reverse cell
phone lookup services also compile information about work
history, criminal backgrounds, and other people search tools.
Some Databases are Better than Others
Since the companies which offer reverse cell phone and
people search lookups must buy their information, you can bet
they will charge you for accessing their databases. The more
extensive the information, the more they can charge you.
Do note that price isn’t the only thing you should look at to
pick an accurate reverse cell phone directory. Look for ones
which have a free trial period. Also, find the cell lookup
services which offer a guarantee for results and make you pay
monthly (as opposed to annually). These companies know that
their cell lookup services are accurate and are confident that
you will pay for the information you receive.