Do you ever get a phone call from a number that isn’t in your phone book and wonder if it’s a telemarketer, or possibly a crazy ex friend from the past? For better or worse, my number is all over the internet which causes me to get lots of phone calls both from telemarketers, as well as people with Photoshop, tech, or Photography questions. If I don’t recognize the number, I don’t answer it. With that said, I still like to know who it was that called, especially if they don’t leave a voicemail. There are other services and Apps out there that offer reverse number lookup either as their primary function or as one of the services built into their phonebook App but Mr. Number is by far the best I have tried yet. It is a dedicated reverse lookup App with a great UI (user interface) and a large directory of numbers. Even though it is touted as a “one purpose” App, it still has a nice extra little feature that I use on a regular basis.
How it works
The functionality of Mr. Number is pretty strait forward. You input the number (including area code) that you want to look up and hit GO. The App will search its database of numbers and brings back your results. The developer claims 50% return rate on cell phone numbers, and 90% return rate for landlines. I have no way of verifying this claim, but I can tell you that there have been very few numbers that I have searched that weren’t in there. Once it finds the number, you will get an information screen showing you the person, or business’ name, how many times that particular number has been looked up, as well as how many times it has been reported as spam. It really works well.
From the main screen you have four options, first is to look up a number, second is your search history, both of which do exactly what you would expect. Next you will see a “ME” tab which is optional. From this tab you can add and manage your cell phone and personal information on the Mr. Number database. The last option at the bottom of the screen is the settings tab. This tab contains you’re my account, and the backup and restore option. The last of which is the little extra feature that I like and use often.
Backup and Restore
Just as it sounds, this section lets you backup and restore your entire contact list from the cloud. I backup my iPhone through iTunes but it’s always nice to have another option for added security.
Normally we just list the price right by the download button at the bottom of the review, but with this App there is a continual charge so I thought it should have its own section. The initial cost of the App is $.99. Your first 20 lookups are FREE! After that, each lookup is $.05. Not too expensive. If you have looked the number up in the past, there is no charge; If Mr. Number doesn’t have the number in their database, again no charge.
When it comes to doing reverse lookups, there are plenty of options in the iTunes store but none work as well as Mr. Number. It’s a must have App for anyone that receives calls from lots of strange, unknown numbers.