"Being able to conduct a reverse phone lookup, i.e. find the name and address of the phone owner, is usually needed most when you have the least time to do it", Jon says, "Reversing a landline number is moderately difficult as the data is generally available to the public. Cell phone numbers are a different story."
Mobile network operators in the USA and most of the world do not release phone books even though the owner data (name and address) is not technically private. This information is not protected by privacy laws, so it is made available for a fee to companies who run 3rd party reverse cell phone lookup services.
"Due to the fact that there are multiple mobile network carriers plus landlines plus unpublished numbers, there can't be any official "phone book" service. All of this is done by 3rd party providers and the company that can get access to a larger share of number owner data wins.", Jon explains.
"We are proud that NumberFinder.net has very impressive coverage. More than 300 million of phone numbers (including mobile, landline and even unpublished numbers) are accessible in our database, which is updated daily via agreements with major mobile carriers and phone companies."
When a basic phone number search at Google or Yahoo doesn't help in identifying the number owner, specialized reverse phone directories are the only way to find out who is hiding behind the 10 digits on your smartphone or caller ID device.
Each day, thousands of families across the USA suffer from prank calls, illegal telemarketing calls and even phone scams with seniors being especially vulnerable. For example, a popular scam from August 2012 involved scammers calling Medicare recipients and pretending that they are Medicare employees. The victims are threatened to being cut off from the benefits unless they disclose their personal information such as SSN or bank account number. Being able to check the identity of the caller via a reverse phone directory is an important safeguard against many types of phone scams.
Jon reminds everyone to register for the National Do Not Call registry if they haven't done so yet. The Do Not Call registry was established in 2004 and is the most efficient way to limit telemarketing calls that you receive. Once you have dealt with telemarketers, the remaining mystery calls can be easily traced via the NumberFinder directory.
The NumberFinder reverse cell phone directory can be accessed at http://numberfinder.net