Among the many innovative features of the HTC Wildfire is its next generation caller id. You may think that there is nothing more to add to this useful feature. Someone gives you a call; you see the name and number, and that’s it, plain and simple. However, the Wildfire adds more color to this ordinary feature.
You meet an interesting person at a party and she gives you her phone number. The next day you go to call her, but realize that you can’t remember if her name is Sheila or Shelley. Getting the name wrong could be pretty embarrassing so you go online and trace her phone number. Now you know the proper name and can call with confidence.
Of course, the old fashion way of tracing is to call the number. With any luck, the person will not pick up and they will have stated their name on their voicemail. Otherwise, you will have to decide how to find out whose cell phone number it is by talking to them. You can simply tell them why you are calling and ask who they are, or you can use trickery; your other option is to hang up and call back later, hoping for voicemail. You must remember, however, that they have caller id too. Be sure to block your number or call from a public phone.
The number on your caller ID box can be either from a cell phone or a landline phone. You may not know right away which is which, but you can tell a little about the origin by looking at the first six digits of the number. The first three are the area code, and that is a number you can look up online. That will tell you a state or an area of a state. The prefix, or the next three numbers, are going to tell you city, or part of a city.
But the system which provides names on your caller ID, CNAM, is actually an extension to the protocol itself. That is, it’s separate. Thats why when you switched over to a cell phone, you may have noticed incoming calls do not appear with a name, but only a number. Cellular networks do not have the provisions for displaying the information associated with a person’s name – even though companies have it on file in their databases.
See, telemarketers have gotten very smart the past few years. With the advent of caller ID, they know that they have to “trick” us by disabling the caller ID feature prior to calling us. Thus, when the telecharger number book rings all we seek in our Caller ID box is something like “Unknown” and the number.
This is such an easy way to bust your spouse cheating it’s not even funny. Can you imagine the look on a prank callers face when you call them up and tell them you have all their personal information?
Before now, you could only do reverse searches on a landline phone. Many people do not know that you can now track cell phone numbers as well. People are also unaware that reverse searches give you more than just a name. You can get a name, address, and even a map to their location, if you use a good search company. It’s almost like something you would see in a movie.