Do you want to know who belongs to that strange number on your spouse’s cell phone but you don’t want to call the number to find out? Did you get a romantic text message but you have no idea who sent it and you’re dying to know? Apparently you’re not alone, as cell phone number searches have become very popular.
Many people ask in forums if it’s possible to conduct a free cell phone number search. There are websites that promise a free cell phone number search. However, very little information is given for free. The search may come back to you with, “we have (name) in our database. For complete name, address, phone number, and background check, click here.” Then you’re told you need to pay from $14.95 to $49.95 for complete information. That’s not considered a free search.
Are there any free methods to do a free cell phone number search?
There are no cell phone directories comparable to landline phone directories because there are privacy laws in place to protect cell phone owners. Websites are available that buy access to huge cell phone number databases that are not available to the general public. Some of the larger companies offer a free search with a monthly membership. This is an unnecessary expense for one-time or occasional use.
The only way to get a free cell phone search is to type the number into your favorite search engine and see what comes up. Many companies and individuals will place their cell phone number on their websites. This may produce the number of the current owner of that number, or it may produce something less accurate.
Cell phone numbers change owners frequently. People will discontinue service or have their number changed. Cell phone companies will recycle a discarded phone number and give it to a new subscriber. When you search a phone number through a search engine you may find information on a former owner of the number.
This can happen when you do a reverse phone look up with a website that doesn’t keep their database updated. You may get a former owner’s information that is not the result you want.
If these two free methods do not produce the results you’re looking for then you may have to find a reputable and inexpensive cell phone number search directory.
What do I need to look for in a good cell phone number search directory?
There are several factors that make a cell phone directory a good choice:
- The directory should have a database of at least 200 million phone numbers that is constantly updated so that information is current and accurate.
- The directory has a mix of numbers available: cell phone, landline, fax, VoIP, and pager.
- The directory has a 60-day money-back guarantee. This legitimizes the company especially if they accept payments and process refunds through Clickbank. Clickbank will automatically process your refund if you ask for one within the time limit.
- The directory allows a one-time search without requiring a monthly subscription.
When you have chosen two or three sites check for reviews by typing in the site name with the word, “review” to determine what other users have to say.
What information should I expect to be included in the report?
Your report should at least include the following:
- The owner’s name
- Carrier’s name
- Other possible phone numbers
- Current residence
- Past addresses
- Names of relatives
- Approximate age
- Workplace and job title
Most directories provide even more information than stated above. These are the bare minimum of items included in a complete report.
Employers may want to use a directory that also provides criminal, financial, and civil background checks for a more in-depth view of the potential employee’s character.
This article has established two ways to get a free cell phone number search. If these two methods don’t give you the results you seek you may need to find a reputable website that provides reverse lookup services. We have suggested several things to look for in a reputable company. You will find that having only a phone number can supply you with a number of facts about the owner if you need that much information.