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Are there any cell phone directories?

People often want to find a particular person's cell phone number, so they turn to the internet to find that information, but is it available? The answer is both yes and no.

People are often surprised to discover that cell phone providers do not publish cell phone number directories in the same way as land line phone companies have done since the inception of the telephone industry over a century ago. Cell phone numbers and contact information are kept private and confidential and are not disclosed by the providers who handle the service.

This has led to a slew of online information providers who attempt to fill the information gap by offering access to contact information about cell phone owners, but how accurate is the information, and is it worth the price? Contrary to what people might expect from reading an old-fashioned phone book that costs them nothing out-of-pocket, there are considerable charges involved in attempting to acquire someone's cell phone number using an online service. What's worse is that, their promises to the contrary, the providers often cannot provide the information you seek.

Some promise that you won't pay unless they can provide the information, but be careful! Very often, if they can provide other forms of contact information instead, they consider their obligation to have been met. For instance, if you look for someone by name, and the service cannot find a cell phone number, they may charge you anyway if they can give you an address or a land line number. As with anything on the 'net, it is always a case of caveat emptor, which is Latin for "let the buyer beware".

Last Update: 8/19/2011
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