Data quality software provider Melissa Data announced the most commonly used categories of their free Internet-based search tool: Zip-City-Phone, Phone Numbers and U.S. Addresses. These top three databases average more than 340,000 page views a day, demonstrating that value-added Internet search tools are still one of the most popular uses of the Internet.

The search tools work by allowing input of variations of street names, area codes, partial or whole telephone numbers, or ZIP codes. The data returned by Melissa Data enables users to verify mailing addresses, update phone numbers, and access the latest demographic data on states, cities and counties.

The search service also allows users to find contributors to federal elections, locate non-profit organizations, and learn about U.S. place names. One unique search is the phone number lookup. With this feature, a user can easily trace the origin of a phone call from a caller ID service.

Melissa Data has spent hundreds of hours of programming time to build an efficient suite of tools and services to make this data easily accessible from a single location. Moreover, Melissa Data is continually certified by the U.S. Postal Service to use and distribute address data, a guarantee of accuracy and reliability. The benefits of accurate data can be measured in lower operating costs and better deliverability of important business communications.

Melissa Data's search databases can also be used to: 1) locate post offices, 2) display area codes or ZIP codes within a radius, 3) calculate the distance between any two ZIP codes, 4) find Canadian address and phone data, 5) get location information on worldwide place names, 6) find the time zone of a phone number, 7) find out average home values, 7) access U.S. tax statistics and 8) order mailing lists.

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