How to Monitor Phones

by Kim Sarah

Whether it's to track your child's call and text activity, elements of billing or to trace mysterious calls being charged to your account, monitoring your phone is a good way to start. Both landline and cell phones can be monitored. When monitoring, it is important to keep tabs on all aspects of your phone. Keep in mind that cell phones are no longer just for calls and text. Internet use, navigation and music use can also have suspicious activities that could cost you money in fees and unwarranted charges.

Carefully read your monthly bill. Each bill will have a listing of incoming calls and texts. Listed next to to each communication will be a phone number or ID number that is traceable to the person on the other end of the call or text. Time stamps are also listed. They will tell when the call was made and how long it lasted. Also, make note of any unusual fees or charges that appear on your bill. Report any suspicious activity to your phone service provider.

Subscribe to a phone-monitoring service. Many cell-phone service providers offer services that will monitor your phone for you. It will watch over your texts, calls, mobile Internet usage and any other add-ons to which you subscribe. Suspicious activity will be reported to you. This service will typically include a monthly fee. The fee amount depends on your phone company or external service you choose. Programs, such as My Mobile Watchdog, monitor phone service and protect the safety of children.

Subscribe to a caller ID service. This is automatically included with some phone plan packages, but, in some cases, a monthly fee may be charged. Caller ID shows the name and number of incoming calls. It can also track all incoming calls. This can be a good safety measure with children, especially if they are instructed to answer the phone only if they know the name shown on the caller ID display.


  • check Avoid subscribing to more cell-phone services than you need. Reducing the number of add-ons in your cell-phone package will reduce the risk of your service getting abused.

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About the Author

Kim Sarah has been a writer since 2000. Her work has appeared on NECN, WCTR-TV3 and in the "Torch" university newspaper, among other publications. Sarah received a Bachelor of Arts in communications from Worcester State University and a Master of Arts in journalism from Roosevelt University. She is also studying nursing and computer science at Indiana State University.

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