Rules about reverse phone lookups
When you are using an online reverse phone directory, you need to have some basic information. You need to know the phone number and some mobile directories are available if you know the phone company associated with the cell numbers. For the most part, reverse phone lookup directories are only for phones with landline numbers.
Looking for information
Looking up a reverse phone check is not unlike a DNS or IP look up, you put in the number and learn the general region of the IP. The same is true for numbers; at the very least when you put in the area code, you can learn the region of the phone call. Reverse phone number tools will usually give you any information that you could find in the phone directory. On the BT site on 18.07.11, British Telecommunications says that it does not provide any product that is capable of performing a reverse search facility. This would contravene the 'Data Protection Act.'
Sites offering reverse look ups
BT does not provide any reverse phone services but other sites do. Reversenumber.co.uk has free reverse phone number searches for UK phone numbers and these include mobile numbers as they can be submitted by the phone customer. As of June 2009, Whitepages.co.uk ended their reverse look up service, saying that 'the assumption is that if you have a number, you can just call the number and ask them.'
United States and Canada
In the United States and Canada, there are other options for reverse phone number sites. Anywho.com is a good site that will let you find a phone number for a private or business look up. You can either use the traditional method of inputting a name or you can input the number for a reverse look up.
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