Friday, February 27, 2009

Shopping Around For the Best Deal

There are many different cell phone providers available that you can do business with and you are not limited to just a few choices when it comes to choosing a cell phone. Cell phones are not cheap and could cost as much as $500. There is even a diamond crusted Blackberry available for those who can afford it.

Cell phone companies will offer a few of the models at a reduced price when you sign up with them. Of course the way they list it makes it seem that you're getting a better savings than you actually are. There are also the ones that you can get for "free" after your "instant rebate". I'm sure we all know what that means?

When shopping around for the best cell phone provider for your needs, there are many factors to take into consideration.

1. How much will you be using the phone?
2. Is it going to be used mostly for local or long distance calling?
3. Will anybody else be using the phone? If so, is is beneficial to purchase a second phone and get a family plan?
4. What do you want the phone to be able to do? Do you want to take photographs from it? Do you want text messaging? Do you want to be able to access the internet?

Thinking about all these options before you start shopping around will save you a considerable mount of time and money. Try not to allow the salesperson to sell you on options you don't need or won't use. You'll end up throwing away your money.

Monday, February 2, 2009

How to Find Out Who a Phone Number Belongs to

Have you ever had the challenge presented to you where you need to quickly find out who a particular phone number belongs to? For most of us, this can be a hit or miss situation. This is due to the fact that there are a couple of types of scenarios that you are dealing with.

The first situation is when you want to find out who the owner is of a number that is for a particular home or business. In this case, these numbers are fairly easy to identify. If the number of business is local and you happen to have a phone book you can 'let your fingers do the walking'. Many local phone books today offer an additional listing where the local numbers are listed in numerical order - a wonderful feature for the phone number detectives out there.

The other situation is not so easy. In fact it can be rather difficult. If the phone number is not from a traditional land line, the number is generally not published anywhere. You can of course try a search on google (or another search engine) by typing in the number - in some cases you may get a hit whereas the owner of the phone posted personal information either in an online forum or personal web page like MySpace or Facebook. But - if your online search yields no results, you are out of luck. Or so you think.

Most people would end the reverse phone search right then and there. But - there are some more experienced online sleuths that know about resources that are available online that are generally only used by private detectives. We are fortunate today that there are online companies that are coming into business that want to make this information available to the general public - for a small fee.

When you use reverse cell phone directory services, you are more likely than not to be able to determine whether a particular number belongs to any type of phone - whether it be listed, unlisted or even a mobile phone number. These online directory services maintain huge databases of information from various phone companies - both cellular as well as traditional land lines.

So - next time you have having a quandary about where to locate the owner of a phone - whether it be cellular or otherwise, why don't you give these services a try. Make sure that you use a reputable service with a money back guarantee.