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July 27th, 2013

Reverse Phone Lookup Basics

Almost everyone at one time or another has wanted to do a reverse phone lookup. Regardless of the reason; whether it is to trace harassing phone calls or just for the fun of it, most of us have either done it or thought about doing it. There are many uses and benefits of conducting reverse phone lookups, provided you do so legally and ethically. For the most part the majority of people who want to run one of these lookups are doing so for legitimate purposes.

Now there are both free and paid reverse phone lookup options. Obviously the paid version will return better results. However, you might be surprised at how much you can sometimes find going the unpaid route. Even if you do plan on using a paid service you should always first see how much you can find out without shelling out a single penny. For that you go to – where else? – Google. Simply enter in the number with or without spaces and see what comes up.

There are two kinds of identifiable numbers that will usually be found when doing so. Those are either telemarketing firms and people or businesses who are already listed in phone directories to begin with. This is one of the main reasons why you should always go the free route first. No one wants to part with money for anything only to find out later they could have achieved the same results absolutely free.

If you can’t find what you are looking for with the unpaid method, only then should you consider the paid reverse phone lookup programs. But before you do so you should ask yourself; is it absolutely essential that I know who owns this number? If you decide that it is, then by all means go that route. But first a little bit of advice about that.

Most of the databases online that charge for reverse phone lookups give you a variety of options to choose from. For a very small and reasonable fee you can look up only the number in question and maybe even a whole lot more about the person or business who owns it. This tiny charge usually makes your search good for 24 hours. The middle option is one in which you would pay slightly more but in turn get to look up a lot of numbers for that time period.

And then there is the most costly option. One in which you will pay a premium fee but in turn have access to a whole lot of information in addition to reverse phone lookups and for a longer duration. People who opt for this way are usually those who are in the investigation field.

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