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    SearchBug.com Unveils Updated LNP tool Identify Phone Number API in Real Time

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    Searchbug’s Updated real-time LNP tool allows users to quickly and easily see if a phone number has been ported plus verify, validate or check to see if a phone number is a wireless (cellular) number, a VoIP number or a regular (home or office wire line) landline number.

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    Encinitas, CA -- May 20, 2014

    SearchBug announces a newly redesigned phone number API tool designed to help companies remain compliant with the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) is now available at this URL www.searchbug.com/api/ on its website.

    The newly redesigned tool now offers advanced real-time LNP access which allows users to verify, validate or check to see the line type, carrier name, and see if a phone number has been ported. The tool also reports if a phone number is a wireless (cellular) number, a VoIP number, or a regular (home or office wire line) landline number.

    Under the revised TCPA, the FCC is now requiring telemarketers to obtain written consent before calling a mobile phone number with an automated dialer. Those without written consent can use the phone number API tool to weed out cell phone numbers and avoid violating the law.

    The service works for all 10 digit phone numbers in the US and Canada.

    Additionally, the API tool will identify the telephone company (carrier), OCN (operating company number), and location (rate center city and state). The updated advanced Real-Time LNP tool will also include the date ported and new carrier if any.

    "Here at Searchbug we believe the best way to mitigate the very real risks of violating the TCPA is to have access to the most accurate consumer contact information available, which is exactly what the Advanced Real-Time LNP API tool delivers," said Noah Wieder, CEO of Searchbug.

    Additional APIs available include:

    * Allow users to verify if phone number is active or disconnected * Delivers accurate real-time verification using carrier billing systems * Reports new carrier name and type if active number has been ported * Provides verified billing name for phone numbers

    Searchbug is currently offering two Identify Phone Number APIs:

    * Standard API -- which delivers 95%+ accuracy in determining line type. However, this API only reports the original carrier and does not include a local number portability check (LNP).

    * Advanced API -- This API delivers 99% accuracy by checking in Real-Time if phone number was ported. Line Number Portability (LNP) check is included. If the number has been ported, the API returns the latest ported date, the new (current) carrier and line type. This plan can also report the email address for sending text messages to cell phones.

    To learn more about the API tools, please visit http://www.searchbug.com/api/

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    Here at Searchbug we believe the best way to mitigate the very real risks of violating the TCPA is to have access to the most accurate consumer contact information available, which is exactly what the Advanced Real-Time LNP API tool delivers.
    - Noah Wieder
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    Noah Wieder

    800-990-2939

    http://www.searchbug.com

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