There are a variety of reasons why you might want to investigate a certain phone number and find out details about its owner. A reverse phone lookup will give you details about the name, address and background information of anyone who owns any phone number.
This can come in handy in many different ways – you might want to know who keeps prank calling you or which number is constantly showing up on your spouse's cell phone. Whatever the reason, a reverse phone lookup will give you the details you need.
There are businesses that buy access to all the phone records that are out there (including unlisted, business and cell phones) and then build databases of these records for people to search through.
The good news is that this new breed of services is able to access just about any number in the country. The databases they access include cellular and unlisted phone numbers. Even fax numbers are included.
The not so good news is that these services are not free. You see, cell phones and unlisted numbers are not public information like landline numbers are. So in order to build their databases of information, reverse lookup websites have to pay a fee to access the information. Since they have to pay for the information themselves, they obviously can not give it to you for free.
Just like caller ID and call waiting, a reverse phone lookup is something you have to pay for. If you go to a reverse search website, you can pay for a membership. When searching a number with a membership, you can do a whole bunch more than just retrieving the name of the caller. You can actually perform background checks and kind of be a private detective with all the information that you can access. No longer do you have to wonder who the unknown caller is when you see it on your caller ID.