It may or may not be true that more people in the world have cell phones than have toilets, but we do know for a fact that cell phones are the most rapidly-adopted technology ever. There are over 7 billion cell phones in the world, with 96 out of 100 people using them on average.
Now, your cell phone number is a much-sought after commodity. Marketers are constantly profiling their customers by putting together files of information on your purchases and browsing history. They use this information to target you with advertisements for things that you’re more likely to buy. The information may also be used to track you, including your credit card numbers, bank accounts, email, and more.
Many services like Google are now asking for cell phone numbers for account authentication but can in fact sell that information to third-party advertisers and agencies that collect information on consumers. It’s one way around the privacy that most of us have enjoyed as cell phone numbers have never been published or otherwise made available as most home phone numbers had been through telephone books and directory assistance decades before. One company now claims to have access to 150 million cell phone numbers and associated personal information.
Phone Look up services
New technology has allowed some enterprising people to scrape the internet for cell phone numbers. One way is through Facebook, which made cell phone numbers searchable because they are often part of a person’s profile information. Others make a cell phone number available to contacts on LinkedIn. A Google search of cell phone digits may turn up some results as to who the number belongs to if the person ever posted it in a public forum online. Conversely, a search of the person’s name may turn up his or her cell phone number. The reliability of an online service’s claims to allow reverse look-ups and other cell phone directory functions is often questionable; usually the data is dependent on subscribing and actual results may be disappointing.
Why would you want to do a reverse-lookup of a telephone number? To find out who called you; to find out who the number is registered to (perhaps not the person you think), to find out where the registered owner lives – or where the person lived in the past. Each piece of information helps to construct a complete profile of who you’re dealing with, whether it’s your neighbor, coworker, a relative, caregiver, date, or new acquaintance.
Cell phones were introduced in 1983, with the first ones large, bulky, heavy, and expensive at nearly $4,000 each. But they were a welcome improvement over the last great technology, pagers, that required users to find a phone and call back the person who wanted to speak to them. Somewhere in between was handheld two-way radios (generally made by Motorola). The Blackberry was introduced in 1999 with a full keyboard and screen functions that revolutionized cell phones. In 2005, Blackberry moved phones ahead with another giant step: wifi access that allowed emailing. Bluetooth technology was first developed and released by Nokia in 2008. The Apple iPhone caused a surge of buyers interested in the latest technology, touch screens, in 2008.
By 2014, there were more cell phones on earth than people. More than 90 percent of people have a cell phone. Wealthy, white, urban people between the ages of 18 and 45 have cell phone ownership rates around 98 percent, with 56 percent of American adults owning smartphones in 2013. About 36 percent of American households have dropped landlines in favor of cellphone-only existences.