Maybe you’re too young to remember, but there was a time when, if you wanted to find someone by phone number, all you needed to do was look through the White Pages phone book. And while the White Pages still exists and largely operates online now, it doesn’t have the ability to help you when you want to lookup up a cell phone number.
So, where does that leave you?
Well, there are now cell phone white pages directories that fill the void left by the White Pages. But there are a few major differences you’ll have to learn to accept with these directories. The first difference is that such directories don’t really exist - and also that these directories aren’t free. If cost is a major deterrent to you, don’t worry! There are more than a few ways to use search engines like Google and Yahoo as your own personal cell phone white pages. And if these methods fall short, you can always use one of the many paid reverse phone directories.
But before all that, let’s define what a reverse phone lookup is. A reverse lookup is when you begin with a phone number and are looking to identify the person connected to that number. On the other hand, a traditional lookup is when you begin your search with a person and are looking to find out the number connected to that person. Whichever lookup you are trying to do, there are a few useful tricks for quickly getting your hands on the information you are after.
When you begin with, start with Google. Everyone is aware of Google’s search tool bar, and that is where you want to enter the name of the person you want a cell phone number for. Enter the name followed by the word cell. So, if you are looking for John Brown’s cell phone number, you would type the words John Brown cell into Google’s search toolbar. Don’t underestimate how often this actually works! The Internet is a vast database of information, and contains some information you may be very surprised is even available.
Other great sources of free information are social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace. These sites are loaded with personal information. Some users of these sites actually post very personal information on their personal pages. A quick run through of these pages may reveal all the information you want – and more.
Lastly, your answers may found doing things the traditional way. This is by dialing 411. Almost every wireless service provider offers its customers an opt-in option to its directory service. When a customer agrees to this option, their personal information is then included in the wireless service provider’s 411 directory.
If none of these methods come through for you, there is always the option of using a paid reverse mobile phone directory. These directories gain access to telephone records that are not made available to public. The public can gain access to these records through these directories – but only for a fee.
The question still remains whether there will ever really be a cell phone white pages in the same sense as it for landline numbers. Another question is whether we would really want that. The vast majority of people would still prefer to keep their wireless number private. The major concern is the onslaught of telemarketing calls that would ensue as a result.
But until this issue is fully resolved, the hope is that the options outlined in this article will aid you in your cell phone white search.