Reverse Phone Lookup Fills in for Caller ID
Posted Nov. 30, 2010
Written by Timothy McClanahan
Caller ID seemed like such a great idea when it first became widespread. Who wouldn't want to know who was calling before picking up the phone? Sometimes, you just don't want to talk to certain people, right? The problem with Caller ID in the modern age is the result of how another modern miracle was implemented - cell phones.
You may have noticed that Caller ID information on cell phones is usually not as complete as that on land lines. You'll often get a phone number with no name, or with the oh-so-useful 'Wireless Caller' as the name. While you might have a friend spoofing their Caller ID info and using the name Wireless Caller, it's generally just a case of how Caller ID was implemented for cell networks.
There are several different types of information that, put together, are known as Caller ID. The pieces of information (phone number, billing name, display name) aren't always passed along intact from phone network to phone network, so you can wind up with varying amounts of information, based on what network is being used by the caller, and what network you're using.
If all you have is the phone number, that's often not enough to tell you who is calling. Who memorizes phone numbers anymore? Those days are long gone. There are even services such as Trap Call that help you get the phone number of those 'blocked' calls, assuming you're willing to pay for the service.
If you do have the phone number, though, you can use a free reverse phone lookup service to find the name and address of who is calling, using public records, all without the hassle of signing up for a service that you probably won't use often enough to justify the cost of a monthly subscription fee.
Performing a reverse phone lookup couldn't be simpler - you just enter the mystery phone number, and millions of public records are searched almost instantly for matching entries. It's just that easy to avoid a telephonic identity crisis!