Phone Code Basics: Most of us know a couple of star codes, also known as vertical service codes, like star 69 (*69), but what if that does not work? Star 69 is for an automatic recall, and sometimes that is all that is needed to find out who the caller on the other end of the line was. I say line, but likely most people are using wireless communications, or cell phones.

Why would you need and automatic recall? Maybe you just received a puzzling phone call. Maybe you see a strange number on your spouse’s cell phone and you suspect cheating. Maybe you have been harassed or just plain annoyed. Maybe someone called for your daughter, but he did not identify himself. Sometimes you just need to know.

For Police Matters: Options other than (star) *69: If you are receiving real harassing phone calls, you should inform the police. You can use call trace or (star) *57 which is customer originated trace. You do not get the information on the automatically traced call, but the local police agency will receive information on the last call preceding the star code.

For Other Matters: You should never use the call trace feature for non-police matters. Fortunately, there is a service available for you to use that will identify the owner of a phone number and give the address for that phone. Reverse phone look-ups are used more and more by every day people on the internet. These are services once only available to police and private investigators.

Why Reverse Lookups Work: These services use data mining on the internet. They also scour all public records available online. They also purchase phone directories from cellular providers. With this combination of information, they are able to provide information on unlisted and cell phone numbers.

Peace of Mind: So, if you really need to know who is calling your daughter, or you want to know the identity of that annoying caller, you can have peace of mind. Peace of mind is not always free, but it can be something you would pay a few dollars to get.