I hate getting phone calls from numbers that I don’t recognize, and I love the internet.
When you get a call from a number that you don’t recognize you can go to your favorite search engine and search for that number, in quotation marks.
The results may give you some good information, but recently are resulting in “crap pages” that want you to pay for a membership before they’ll give you the information.
ReversePhoneDirectory.com used to be a good resource. They searched the web to find the various lookup directories and put all the sources on one page, so you could fill in the phone number, click search, and if you didn’t find what you were looking for you could repeat the process with the next directory on the page. Recently, however, the majority of the searches they link to are the “we found it, now pay us to see it” variety (most likely due to acquisitions).
Today I got a call from a number I didn’t recognize, they didn’t leave a message. To find out who just called me, I found a new site that does pretty well, Addresses.com.
Not only does it let you do reverse phone lookups, it also shows you the owner history of the number and/or the address history. The number that called me was from a name I didn’t recognize, but it was a residential listing in both Kaysville, Utah, and Clearfield, Utah (the same name). The site also provided me with a map of the locations. Very nice.
Go take a look.
Do you have a reverse-lookup service that you like? Please comment!
Update: After this article was published, I was contacted about another site which might help out if others cannot: CallerSmart.com