If you look for a free reverse phone search or a free
cell phone book, you are going to end up very
frustrated. A lot of them promise to be free, will take
you through the basics of a search, and then tease you
with a bit of information before asking you to pay for
the rest. Unfortunately, you wonít get a reverse cell
lookup for free Ė or at least one with accurate
information. Here is why they all cost money and how to
pick the ones which are worth the cost.
Cell Phone Lists Cost Money!
There are a
few free reverse cell phone directory sites on the web.
Even if you did manage to find them, it isnít worth the
search time because they are so inaccurate. Unlike the
White Pages (which is just for landlines), reverse cell
phone directories do not get their information from the
phone companies. Cell phone privacy laws prohibit the
companies from disclosing this information. Instead,
they find cell phone numbers from a wide variety of
other sources Ė like buying lists from credit bureaus,
insurance companies, and mailing lists. It is very
difficult to avoid getting on these lists and eventually
making your way to a reverse cell phone directory (note:
privacy laws prohibit websites from offering searches
for cell phone number by name; only reverse cell phone
number searches are allowed).
Since the reverse cell phone lookup services must pay
for their information, it isnít likely that they are
going to give it to you for free! The free reverse phone
number sites generally make money by having ads on their
sites, so they donít care if their information is
outdated or inaccurate.
Which Reverse Phone Directory is Worth the Price?
If you really want to find out who called you, then
yu will likely have to pay for a subscription to a
reverse cell phone directory (they also have landline
numbers). But how do you know which reverse phone
directory is worth your money? Here are some of the
factors to consider:
- Free Trial: If a reverse phone directory offers
a free trial period, then you can bet it will give
you good, accurate results. These directories know
that they have quality information and are willing
to give you the sneak peek because they are sure you
will pay for it once you see what they have to
- Guarantees: A few reverse cell directories have
guarantees. You will have to pay for the service
first but are offered a guarantee that you will get
results. Do keep in mind that some donít guarantee
accurate results, so read the fine print carefully!
- Subscription period: If a reverse cell directory
site makes you pay for the subscription yearly (even
if they advertise the price by monthly), it probably
isnít worth your money. They have to charge you
yearly because they know you arenít going to renew a
monthly subscription once you see how poor results
it brings back.