Cell phone lookup searches are in some ways a contested topic. In fact, the State of Washington passed a law making forward cell phone searches illegal. However many people don't know what a forward cell phone search is or how it differs from a reverse cell phone search.
While reverse cell phone searches and forward cell phone searches might sound similar, they're actually very different. Forward searches start with a name and search for a phone number. You simply type in a person's name, and the results include their number and location. Reverse phone searches, logically, start with a number and then provide a name and possibly a location. While this might not seem like a huge difference, it means a lot in terms of invasion of privacy. After all, being able to retrieve numbers simply by searching for names means that cell phone numbers are, essentially, as accessible as anything in the phone book. This could mean that telemarketers could retrieve your cell phone number as could virtually any other party.
By contrast, reverse cell phone searches are far less invasive. After all, to use a reverse cell phone search, you need to have a number to search for. This means that this number has called you or someone you love, or that you came across it in some other way like through a business card or an advertisement. Telephone numbers are far easier to keep private than names, and this makes it far simpler to use reverse cell phone lookups to research total strangers. It's worth noting that reverse phone searches have not been banned by Washington State.
Now you should have a good idea of the difference between forward and reverse cell phone lookup options. If you'd like to learn more, use the resources the internet makes available to you.
Susan is a part-time writer and long-time personal fitness trainer with a knack for tech gadgets.