The vast majority of people will get calls from numbers they don’t recognize every once in a while. This can be a frustrating experience, particularly if it happens regularly, and you don’t know who is trying to reach you. This is why you may need to use a reverse phone lookup instead. There are many such services available online, some of which are free, others have service charges, and others still charge a subscription fees.
Companies that Offer Reverse Phone Lookup Services
There are numerous companies out there that offer a free reverse phone lookup completely free. Some of those have existed for many years, particularly those that focus on payphones. However, these services are usually very limited and often not very accurate either. On the other hand, they are free, which is always a benefit.
Reverse Lookups and Cellphones
One of the key problems with the free reverse phone lookup options, is that they cannot lookup cellphones. To do that, you will have to pay a charge. It is common to have to pay between $15 and $20 per number that you want to look up. In some cases, you can sign up for a membership, which will work out a whole lot cheaper, particularly if you regularly have to look numbers up.
Reverse Lookups and International Numbers
An international number reverse phone lookup is possible, mainly by typing the number straight into Google. However, this will not always work. In fact, it is unlikely that any numbers will show up at all, unless they are listed business phone numbers. One of the reasons for this is that different countries have different rules in terms of when reverse phone lookups are and are not allowed. This is why it is recommended that you use the official websites within those countries. For instance:
- The United Kingdom has com, which is free to use. However, you must enter both the caller’s number and their street address if you want to be able to find anything.
- France has the Pages Blanches which is like the White Pages in this country.
- Luxembourg, Denmark, France, and Belgium are all served by Infobel.
- Spain has Kapitol that tracks Spanish numbers.
- Switzerland has TelSearch Switzerland and the Pages Blanches, albeit its Swiss version.
- Germany does have a system, but it can only be used if, besides the telephone number, you also indicate the individual’s vehicle registration number postcode, or town.
There are countries, including Italy and Greece, where no reverse phone lookup services exist at present. The fact that there are differences is, as stated, due to differences in the law. It is very important that you are aware of those. In fact, that is a major loophole used by many cold callers, who reroute their numbers to one in a foreign country that you cannot lookup, so that you cannot report them either. Unfortunately, there is nothing that you can do about this and you will have to decide whether or not to block the number instead.