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Caller ID can be a great thing, but what do you do when all you can see is a number. Its frustrating to know that you might be missing an important call but by not knowing the number you don’t want to answer your phone in case of its annoying sales or marketing call. The good news is that now there are services available that let you do a reverse cell number lookup so you will know who is calling at all times.

If you are going to give out your phone number on cards, flyers, ads etc, get a separate business line. There is nothing more frustrating than having a child answer the phone and ask “who is this?” I’ve even had children pick up the نمبر بوك and begin singing to me. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love kids, even have a couple of my own, but I do not allow my children to sing the ABC’s on my business line answering machine.

Try one of the free directories – There are free reverse cell phone directories out there but they are lacking in the amount of numbers and information they have. This is because they work on a voluntary basis. In order to use their service you must enter your cellular number, name, and other information as do all the other members.

Landline numbers that are coming from areas outside of your local calling area are harder. Some will not come up, and some come up with very limited information. You may never get a name, but rather, it will say from which state a call is coming. This is probably gleaned from the area code. If there isn’t any information is sent out with the call, there is nothing your caller ID can pick up and display for you.

These days with technology improving and life around us being run by machines we tend to take for granted those things that we trust so much to tell us the truth. Our gas gauges tell us when we need to fill up, our thermostats automatically keep our homes and businesses warm and our phones tell us who is on the other end.

While caller-id on a landline gives you the caller name and number, cell phones still only show the phone number unless the it is entered in the cell phone’s memory. If the mystery number did not leave a voicemail message, and you really do not know who belongs to this number, most people are reluctant to call the number back. A few people will be able to completely ignore the phone call figuring that if it is important they will call back or they would have left a message in the first place. Most people will ponder the number for a while and then succumb to their curiosity and dial the number back. But now there is another choice available to everyone, and that is the reverse lookup web-sites.

This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to using this service. Use a little imagination and you’ll be surprised what you can come up with to use it for.