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Sunday, April 17, 2011

How To Find Cell Phone Number Owner?

When you register a new landline in your household, you have to give your personal details which are then associated with the given phone number. Such details may include a first and last name and an address. These details are usually made publicly available for everyone who may be interested in them. It's just the way it's been for years; landline phone numbers aren't really protected. This means that anybody can get a list of phone numbers in your neighbourhood and start his telemarketing campaign. This is entirely legal, as long as the person comply with the National Do Not Call Registry.

When it comes to cell phone numbers, the situation is completely different. The government created a lot of sophisticated regulations which are intended to protect the privacy of mobile phone owners as well as their identity. For example, it is illegal to collect cell phone numbers without consent of the owner, which means that upon registration, no data goes to any public database. Nobody, but the authorities, can figure out your personal details by a phone number, but as you remember, there are numerous places where you give out your phone number. You may not check the data receiver's policy on such data.

This means that you can allow such companies to trade your information with your consent, just by ticking a small checkbox.

Assuming that at least one such situation has occured, your data may be legally put in some private database. The company which obtained your consent became an operator of your personal details. They may even call you in order to check the accuracy of the information. You of course don't have any obligation to give them your details again.

This has allowed several companies to start providing reverse lookup services helping to find cell phone number owners. They simply buy personal information of as many people as possible and assemble it into one huge database. Such a database for sure will not contain all cell phone listings from the US, but usually cover around 40-60% of it. These companies have different plans for accessing their databases. Almost always you will be able to perform a single search, but then the price is rather high. It is always better to buy a package of several lookups or, for example, a monthly subscription. Don't worry that you will not use of all the searches that you buy because you can always help your friends reverse the cell phones they want to know or your family members may have phone numbers they want to find out the owner of.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

That's true, it's noth worth to buy a single search, beacuse it's so expensive. Imo its always better to get a subscription

Yeti said...

That's ridicoulus. Not everybody needs a subscription, if I have only one phone number why should buy a subscription which cost at least 4 times more than a single search and will expire within one month

Anonymous said...

Have you read my comment? It's not what I meant

Anonymous said...

My cell phone I kept private for the past 88 yrs is online every data people search site including intelius. I never gave permission and it's not even listed under my name and address instead a man even though I am the owner.

Anonymous said...

You have owned a cell phone number for 88 years?

Anonymous said...

Lolz... Cell phones have not been around for 88 years.. That is hilarious....

Anonymous said...

He obviously meant 8, mouth breathers.

Linda Williams said...

I can not seem to find a free reverse phone number lookup. Verizon takes you to another site that will charge you. White pages wants to charge you too now! Help

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