That’s quite a headline, but how does it work? Today we launched a new Carrier Lookup service that gives you the ability to look up the cell phone carrier of your friends, family, and colleagues. Why does that result in “free” calls? Well, it depends on your plan, but most major mobile carriers include unlimited “in-network” or “mobile-to-mobile” calling in most of their plans.* At WhitePages you can now discreetly look up the carrier for a given phone number and determine whether or not that person is in your network.
Increasingly, consumers are choosing to cut their home wireline connections in favor of being wireless-only. This helps save money – according to a recent Nielsen report – about $33 per month. As Saul Hansell pointed out in the New York Times Bits blog yesterday, one of the reasons for the savings is the free calling to other users of your cellphone company.
Our new mobile lookup service – easily accessible at www.whosinmynetwork.com lets you see which of your friends is in your current cell phone carrier network, or if you’re shopping around, determine the carrier to which you should switch.
We now have two important services for cell-phone only households:
1) Ability to list your mobile phone – including privacy controls that allow you to hide the number. This makes you reachable just like a landline white pages listing. Why list yourself? Think about it – wouldn’t you want to be reachable if someone found your wallet or if your neighbors saw someone questionable trying to get into your back door?
2) Our new cell phone provider look up gives you an easy way to save money on your cell phone bill by maximizing the value of unlimited in-network calling.*
*Some important notes (to lower the blood pressure of our lawyers): please make sure that you check your cell phone plan to ensure that it includes unlimited in-network calling; it won’t be free otherwise. Also, there may be some rare cases, e.g. your buddy is in the process of porting (transferring) their number to another carrier, where our lookup may be inaccurate. But for the most part, we hope that this will provide you with a simple tool to lower your bills. We know that times are tough right now, so we’re glad to help – even in a small way.
Last but not least, please be assured that we won’t misuse the names and phone numbers you look up by spamming them with unsolicited phone calls or text messages to use our service – that’s not the way we do business.
We hope that you enjoy our new feature – let us know what you think.