When you are buying cell phone spy software you need to be concerned about two main things. You want to find the program which matches your needs in terms of monitoring and compatibility with the target phone. You also want to buy good software – a program which actually works as described and is safe and reliable.
This is an important part of my main Cell Phone Spy Software Guide – I hope you are following along.
Unfortunately, buying mobile phone monitoring software can be a risky business. There are programs being sold which are not much better than useless and others which are outright scams.
Don’t worry though, they are not all bad, with a little help you should be able to find some good quality spy programs. I will give you some tips to help you to spot the scams and to evaluate the different programs.
Evaluating the Software Companies
When you come across a spy software program you are interested in you will end up on their website. The website itself can provide you with some clues about the quality of the program – if you know what to look for.
What you want to see is a professional looking site which looks like a real business. Look for phone numbers, addresses, contact information – live help chat is popular with some of the better programs.
TIP – Try contacting them by phone or email to see if you get a personal response.
Do they have Facebook and Twitter pages – check these out to see if they look real and have been used.
What is the information like on the website, do they have detailed installation instructions and a FAQ page? Some of the scam sites have nothing but a couple of pages with big Buy Now buttons everywhere. You need to look for detailed information – are most of your questions answered by information on their website?
Look at a few different websites to compare what a real product site should look like – start with the programs I have reviewed.
Of course lots of these things can be faked and they might have a great looking website selling crap software. Now you need to search online for more clues.
Established Web Presence?
Try searching in Google for the company name – is their website the first in the results? If not this is a really bad sign as Google does not like their website – perhaps due to complaints or bad practices.
Try doing a search for “product name scam” – insert the product name. See what comes up here. Just a word of caution with this tip – read what is being said and try to judge the truth. Some websites will have titles like “is X spy software a scam?” then go on to say no its great buy here or yes buy this one instead. Look for lots of complaints as a sign of scam software.
If you can’t find any information about the program in the search results – avoid it.
Pricing and Term Contracts
Most of the best cell spy programs have broadly similar pricing structures – they are in competition. As a rule they will charge more for advanced monitoring features.
They all work on term contracts – you pay for three, six or twelve months of service which can be renewed as needed.
If you come across a program which is “free” or very cheap looking, you need to ask questions. Why would a company invest in developing a great product only to sell it at half the price of the competition?
Sometimes things are too good to be true!
Another big warning sign is – “One Time Payment” or Free Lifetime Upgrades”. You will not get these offers from reputable monitoring software companies. By selling term contracts the good companies can afford to invest in future development – crucial as new phones, operating systems and features are released. One exception that I have reviewed is PhoneSheriff Investigator (from the makers of MobileSpy) – they offer a lifetime license, but it is totally different to regular cell phone spy software.
Check Online Reviews
Reviews can be a great way to find out the truth about products but with cell phone monitoring reviews you need to take extra care. When you search for spy software reviews online you are met with many different and often conflicting reviews. The truth is that many of these are actually fake or written by people who have never used the products.
Again you can’t just take a product review at face value you need to evaluate the review site. Apply the same techniques mentioned above – to the review websites this time!
User Generated Reviews
Normally these should be the most reliable type of review site – but in this market they are not. The idea is simple – users can post their experiences with the software in question, good and bad. This works well on a huge site like Amazon – but not for spy software reviews!
If you look closely at some of these sites you will see lots of comments – one or two sentences long – saying either this is the best or total rip off try this one instead.
These so called user reviews are being manipulated – by the software companies and by people promoting them. To me they are very obvious, but to others they might at first seem convincing.
Who would take the time to write a user review, unsolicited, and just write a sentence saying its great? No details no real explanation – just a sentence or two.
In normal circumstances the people who take the time and effort to post comments are ones who are extremely unhappy with the product – more motivation to write bad things.
By manipulating these reviews they can make a really bad software program appear to be very popular.
Regular Review Websites
By that I mean just regular websites, not user generated. What you need to do here is look for reasons to trust what is said. Is it just a quick – “this is great buy now” or is the review more in depth. Does it look like the person has used the software in question?
Here are a few things to consider when looking at the review website:
- Is the website just a collection of various reviews of random products?
- Is there any real information – not straight from the company website?
- Any information about using spy software – explaining more about it?
- Any sign of life on the website – real looking comments, new or updated information.
- Contact information – about page – who is writing the review?
- Social signs – Facebook or Twitter – any likes or followers. On this one beware sites with huge numbers of followers – remember this is spy software and not everyone wants to share their interest in it! Facebook like are easily bought to make a site look popular.
- Lots of pictures from the spy software website – usually with links to buy!
What you are looking for is a reason to trust what the person is saying and belief that they have actually used the software. When you have read a few reviews you should get a feel for who has made a genuine effort to give valid information and who just wants to make a quick buck.