The Myth of By-Name Cell Phone Directories

Wouldn’t it be great to find an individual’s cell phone number just by entering their information into a database?

The Myth Behind the Legend

However convenient this idea may seem, in reality, this information doesn’t exist. Thus, all those by-name cell phone directories you may have come across simply aren’t available for cell phone lines.

Cell phone records just aren’t available as a public record like landlines are. In other words, you can search for an individual’s landline fairly easily because the landline is a public record. Try any people search engine and you will soon discover this to be true.

Landlines vs. Cell Phones: What’s the Difference?

However, cell phone numbers aren’t so easy to locate. This is because a cell phone number is not a public record. In other words, if you run across a website or service that claims to offer you an individual’s cell phone number simply by entering their name, they are either illegally obtaining this information or are a fraud. Either way, it’s certainly a situation that you want to avoid.

Most individuals who use cell phones want to maintain their confidentiality. For this reason, cell phone numbers are not listed in telephone directories. There is something incredibly appealing about only receiving phone calls from individuals that you choose. No unwanted telemarketing calls!

Your Alternatives to Finding Individuals

There is one exception to this rule, however. There are now search engines which allow individuals to search for a cell phone user by entering their cell phone number. There are a number of reasons why you may choose to conduct one of these “reverse phone lookup” services. You may want to figure out the source of a caller on your Caller ID or cell phone bill, you may want to track a harassing caller, or you may simply want to track the whereabouts of an old friend.

For this reason, reverse phone lookups have become increasingly popular. Many times, these search services are found online, and they can be used for a small fee. Generally speaking, the membership fees for these services are low, and they allow you to make unlimited searches by simply paying one flat fee.

Maintaining your Cell Phone Privacy

Obtaining an individual’s cell phone number may seem like a good idea, but the fact of the matter is that most individuals view this as an invasion of privacy. Instead, it may be best to find the individual’s landline phone number for contact purposes.

After all, if an individual wants you to have his/her cell phone number, he/she will certainly provide it for you. Instead of wasting your time and energy on mythical by-name cell phone directories, you can instead attempt to contact the individual in question by asking friends, family and business associates, or by calling the individual’s landline or place of business.

Technology has grown quite advanced in the last few years but, luckily, cell phone number records are still unavailable – much to the relief of cell phone users everywhere.