Tracing cell phone numbers can be difficult. Unlike landlines, cell phone numbers are usually not listed in phone books and can't be accessed by dialing Information. Many companies charge to trace cell phone numbers, and until recently, you had to pay the fee or not get much information. However, it is now possible to trace cell phone numbers free of charge.
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- Try simply searching on the Internet. Type the cell phone number into your favorite search engine and see what comes up. If this works, it is the easiest way to trace a cell phone number, free. The reason this even has a chance of working is because the Internet is a big place and someone's cell phone number could be listed for all sorts of reasons. If their cell phone number is on a networking site, a business site, or any other site, for any reason, it should come up on a search, giving you information about whose number it is. Often, even people with unlisted cell phone numbers forget about other reasons that their number may be listed on the Internet.
If the search yields just a long unmanageable list after entering the entire number with the area code, try putting everything but the area code in quotations, like this: 555 "555 5555". If that still doesn't deliver, you can try getting rid of the area code, replacing it with the state where that code exists, or even the city, if you know that information.
To skip the legwork and trace the number right away, I recommend two other options:
- Check an online cell phone directory. Many free cell phone directories are available online, such as NonPublished.com. Information from these directories about a cell phone number is generally limited, but it can be a good starting point for tracking cell phone numbers, usually at least giving you the cellphone number's carrier and the city registered on the billing address. Obviously, the city might be outdated, since cell phones are mobile.
- Search reverse lookup sites. Although many of these sites charge a fee, more and more reverse lookup sites are letting people trace cell phone numbers free of charge. If you visit these sites (like Free Reverse Cell Phone Directory or National Cellular Directory, to name a couple) and provide your own information (like your name, cell phone number and city/state), they let you do a few searches for free. Keep in mind that you might
"pay" for these by enduring sales calls and emails.
- Try a volunteer directory. Volunteer directories are those where people voluntarily list contact information and cell phone numbers. If the person you are looking for has listed their information on one of those sites, you can trace the cell phone number free of charge. However, if they haven't, you won't be able to find someone's number there.
Bite the bullet and pay a small fee. If you feel an urgent need to lookup the most current and detailed information about a cell phone number, you may decide to pay about $20 at trusted sites like Reverse Phone Detective and Intelius. Although tracing a cell phone isn’t free at these sites, you are told what details you can expect to receive about the cell phone number before paying the fee.
- Remember to block your cell phone number if you want privacy! Now that you know how to trace a cell phone number, don't forget to block yours if you don't want people using a tracer to find out who is calling. Otherwise your name and location could be easy to track using your cell phone number.
Although the Internet doesn't provide all the information you will ever need, it comes pretty close. Even if you can't find everything, chances are that you will be able to trace cell phone numbers free of charge. And luckily, if you are trying to trace cell phone text messages (and I'm sure we'll all be doing much more of that as time goes on), it is the same process. I wish you good luck in your reverse search efforts.