If you’re reading this, perhaps you’re already thinking: ‘What’s the point in comparing two background check services? Aren’t they delivering the same results?’ However, weighing two such services like InfoTracer and Spokeo against one another is indeed a worthwhile venture since the subtle differences in features could result in an important selling point for certain users. Whether you are a budget-conscious user or looking for strong smartphone support, you’ll see that only one of the two caters to your needs.
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InfoTracer is a professional background checking tool capable of debunking frauds, identifying sex offenders in the neighborhood and uncovering someone’s hidden criminal records. Still, it’s the thorough and detailed reports that make the service stand out from the competition. InfoTracer delivers data on the essentials – name, date of birth, current location, contact information – and then goes one step further by spicing up the results with the subject’s liens, court records and may even manage to find the person’s license plate number.
The site prides itself on the user-friendly navigation menu that allows quick jumps between different sections of the report. InfoTracer has also developed a free-to-download desktop program for convenient access to the service; unfortunately, there are no smartphone apps available at the moment. The pricing won’t cause much of a headache, however, since there is a choice between purchasing a single report for $19.95 or – much better value – subscribing to the unlimited plan for $19.95 per month which unlocks unrestricted access to reports. And as a cherry on top, InfoTracer throws in a five-day trial too.
Spokeo is a background check and data organization service that boasts over 18 million subscribed users, among which you’ll find both private individuals and businesses. The company was founded by four Stanford graduates who created a system that collects and analyzes data pulled from 50 sources. The results from Spokeo are undoubtedly well-presented: the reports are clear and streamlined for easier readability due to the drop-down menus that expand a section for more information.
Spokeo’s search engine hits all the necessary notes you might expect from a background check service – personal information, family tree, criminal records, past and present residences – but adds a unique spin to it by introducing insights to the records. In this section the algorithm collects miscellaneous tags about the subject’s hobbies, household, preferences, income and more. Insights are invaluable breadcrumbs of intel to help reignite a relationship with an old friend or profile someone for marketing purposes.
Smartphone support is another trick card in Spokeo’s hand. It offers dedicated iOS and Android apps that also have a leg up when compared to the browser version because they are able to identify the number of an unknown caller by running a cross-check in the service’s database – and even let you block it from calling.
The main factors influencing your choice between InfoTracer and Spokeo are likely the kind of information that you are after and the cost that you are willing to pay for it. InfoTracer is more thorough and provides better results but its pricing mirrors this due to the quality of the service. Spokeo is more affordable – costing between $7.95 and $13.95 – and the presentation is also visually appealing, but it doesn’t include extra data such as liens, financial information and license plates among its search results. In exchange for this, however, Spokeo has dedicated smartphone apps that can identify and block unwanted calls.