You might not realize it but with today's technological advancement, everyone is able to conduct a thorough background search by just having a phone number in hand. It seems unlikely doesn't it? I mean, 10-20 years ago who would've thought that with a single piece of information you can find out a lot more without even having to leave your home. In the past, if you want to investigate on something you'd have to contact a professional and pay them to research for you. Now, thanks to the Internet, you can be an investigator yourself.
One of the most irritating things about cell phones is the non-existence of a definitive public directory. If some unknown number calls you, you'd have to call them back to find out that the caller is and what he or she wants with you. That usually works, but there are instances when an investigation is needed.
Majority of cell phone owners have experienced prank calls and if the number is from a cell phone you're going to have a very difficult time tracing the call. Unlike landlines, cell phone numbers are not listed in a phone book. It is also very unlikely that a cell phone carrier will release the information to just anyone since a lot of subscribers value their privacy.
So where do you go to find out the owner behind an anonymous phone call? Surely there's someone that can help you; a service that wouldn't cost over a hundred dollars. The Internet is a wise place to go to all your researching needs.
There are many companies that have launched a reverse phone number lookup in the Internet. What these sites do is search their database to find a matching result for your search query. If you see a website advertising free service, don't pay any attention to it. The only time you'll get really good results are when you subscribe to a paid website.
Before signing up as a member, you should still try other methods that are for free. One good way to perform a reverse phone number lookup is through search engines like Google. It's really easy, all you have to do is to enter the number in the search bar and enclose it inside quotation marks. It should look something like this “###-###-####". The quotation marks are there so that the search engine will only return with results that matches the exact combination of the numbers. If it doesn't work the first time, try entering the number in a different manner. People write their phone numbers down in different ways.
Don't raise your hopes too high, because it doesn't always generate a hit. You're lucky enough if you do get a matching result and even luckier if it leads you to more information. If that doesn't work, there are many websites that offer reverse cell phone lookups for a very decent price.
Written By: Joan Cayetano for http://www.cell-phonelookup.info