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What is a Reverse Phone Lookup?

Posted on December 1, 2008



A reverse number lookup is an individual cell or landline device search using a premium database. Additional reverse cell lookups are available within the members area as part of the Tracer Report system. Each tracer credit allows one telephone number to be searched against a database of information that contains records for many hard-to-find numbers, such as those belonging to cell devices.

When conducting a backwards lookup for someone's contact information, you can expect to find the following types of information: the owner's name, current address, possible relatives, other household members, neighbors, and other landline or cell numbers belonging to that person or company. Most numbers will result in full reports including the types of information mentioned. However, depending on the number and the carrier involved, certain information may not be available. Certain carriers do not publish or release ownership information to data providers, notably Verizon. In instances where no name or address is returned the tracer credit will not be deducted, and will remain available for the search of an alternate number.

A cell number search is not designed to provide other types of data such as call logs, text logs, or a mobile device's current location. We do not and cannot provide call or text logs. Call logs are maintained by specific carriers. The sensitive and private nature of just who has called a specific phone or who has been called from it is something that does not fall within our sphere of operation.

What a reverse number lookup aims at providing is purely ownership information on specific numbers. This type of search also does not and cannot reveal the current geographic location of a mobile device. Any coordinates provided refer to the issuing location of the line rather than that phone's current whereabouts. In order to track a device's location there are other products and services on the market specifically geared to that need. GPS enabled cell devices and WPS (Wi-Fi Positioning System) software being the two most accurate.


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