To find out exactly who owns a phone number, it’s advisable to perform a reverse phone number trace. These traces are operated by private companies and are becoming increasingly popular as the information they provide is of such a high quality. Since the companies are so heavily regulated and because it’s in their best interests to give you access to the best quality information, they are forever updating the huge databases which their services operate off.
Performing a reverse phone number trace needs to be done with one of these service because of two reasons. The first is that the reliability of the information (if used in a private investigation for example) is so high that no other sources of public information, searchable by phone number, are currently available. The second reason is because of the ease and speed the services offer you. Because they’re based entirely online, they give you the ability to type the phone number into a search box and then hit a button to trace that phone number.
This means that, essentially, you have a system which allows you to find the information you need very quickly indeed, not to mention about the level of quality the information is at. To access these systems, you can either browse to their web site or use a custom search tool like that at the top of this page.
The process is pretty self explanatory after this – it’s just a case of typing in the phone number you wish to trace and then click on the button to bring up a free preliminary search. This search allows you to find the state and city of the number but to find the more important information such as name, address and background information, you will have to pay a fee of at least $15.
All of these type of services charge money because of several reasons. The first is that because of the sheer effort and manpower needed to maintain their huge databases, they need to charge money just for upkeep… let alone further development or improvement of their service. The second reason is that because some of the information is relatively confidential (you wouldn’t give it out to just anyone), then it’s important that it’s only made available to those who truly need it… and can justify paying for it. Basically – they don’t want kids going on there and finding some phone number to prank call, etc.