Here is a common scenario: you are driving to an appointment to meet a businessperson and you’re late. You have a copy of their business card, and have just dropped it into the ‘crack’ between the console and the driver’s seat. Its bumper to bumper traffic and you need to contact your appointment. You can dial directory assistance to look up the number for you – buy you hear ‘sorry that number is unlisted’. More frustration for you-your businessperson uses a cell phone as his primary number, and unlike most land lines, cell phone numbers are generally unlisted.
Unlisted business numbers can be found most often by using cell phone directories that allow reverse or address-based search. These services are not typically available by make a phone call, like you can with directory assistance. These services typically have a web based interface that you access with a home computer, or if you have one of the newer phones that have a usable web browser, you can access the service from your phone.
Using these cell phone directories is simple, just put in as much information as you have on the person or business you are trying to contact and the system will query its database and provide you with the best matches that it has on file. You’ll be amazed at how much information these services can provide at a relatively small cost.
If your search returns a really long list of possible matches, try putting your search criteria inside quotation marks. The quotation marks tell the search engine to limit the returned results with matches that have the ‘exact’ match to your query – not a ‘broad’ search that has many permutations of your search terms.
You search results will also include what cell phone carrier the number is using, as well as the city and state. Keep in mind, the city and state are normally listed for the location the number’s user had when the cell phone contract was signed – it may not be the current city and state for this number. Be careful when interpreting this information, as this type of data changes on a regular basis. The cell phone directories do a pretty good job of keeping the information current, but it is a constant and time-consuming job.
Try one of the automated cell phone directories the next time you need to find that that an unknown number belongs to – or maybe just find out the number of a long lost colleague or friend. You will be pleasantly surprised with the results.
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Source by Carl Ringwall