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Differences in Landline and Cell Phone Privacy Laws


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Anyone who looked up information on a landline phone consumer and looked up information on a cellular phone user would discover quite a difference between the two. For instance, with a forward search and a free reverse phone lookup, you can obtain plenty of details about a listed landline number owner including their name, address, phone number, phone provider and phone line type. However, in the case of a mobile phone number, a forward search is illegal and a free reverse wireless number trace will only provide very limited information, such as the state and city associated with the number's area code, phone carrier and phone type.

The reason why there is limited information provided when a person attempts to find out details on a wireless phone consumer, is because unlike traditional telephone line customers, a phone directory does not exist for cell phone numbers. Thus, privacy laws are not the same for landline and cellular phones.

It may seem odd and a little unfair that a wireless phone number should automatically be considered private and not exist in a directory, when landline consumers are not provided with this same courtesy. In order for a landline consumer to have their number unlisted and unpublished from their local phone directory, they must request this of their phone company and pay a monthly fee for this service.

Why are the privacy laws for wireless consumers stricter? Essentially, it all boils down to money and how much a phone consumer is charged to use a cell phone in comparison to a standard wire line service. A person who subscribes to a landline number pays a regular monthly fee for basic phone service, which includes making and receiving local calls. It does not cost the phone customer any additional money to receive local or long distance calls. In fact, the only incoming calls the consumer would be charged for is if they accepted a collect call.

Mobile phone users, on the other hand, do not enjoy this luxury. Without a plan, a wireless user is charged for every call they make and receive, regardless if the call is local or long distance. Therefore, if the strict privacy laws did not exist for cellular customers, and a phone directory was permitted, this would mean that anyone who wanted to could find a cell phone consumer's number and call them. This would result in a lot of unwanted calls that are not only annoying, but the phone consumer would have to pay for.

Understand, however, that simply because a forward lookup is illegal for wireless phones, a reverse cell phone lookup is permitted, and a mobile consumer's privacy would not be protected if someone used their number in a paid phone trace to learn more information about them.

Travis Craig writes informative articles about phone number searches, area codes layouts, and how to find out more information about them. To find more information on the caller location of any U. S. phone number-including more about free reverse phone lookups-visit


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