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3 Ways To Perform a Reverse Cell Phone Search Using Free Methods

Aug 17, 2007
The increasing convenience and popularity of cell phones has been phenomenal. It seems that practically everyone has a cellular phone these days. And as a result, one of the by-products of this trend is that you may receive calls from numbers you can't easily identify or otherwise determine the caller's details.

Cell phone numbers are not normally listed in online and off-line directories available to the public, such as the conventional phone book or WhitePages.com.

However, there are certain methods and technologies available for a person to look up an otherwise unlisted cell phone number. The following three methods are free, easy-to-use phone number lookup methods:

1. Search Engines: Search engines like Google, Yahoo! and MSN have ones of web pages indexed from across the globe. These include pages from commercial websites, business websites, personal websites, classified ads, promotional materials, social networking websites etc.

This opens up a large range of possibilities. Search engines might be able to find further information about the number for you - provided it is searched within quotation marks (these help to yield exact results) in the right format; possible formats can be:


111 "111-1111"


111 "1111111"

And so on.

2. Popular Networks: Popular networks include social networks, websites, forums etc. that have a huge member base. Examples include MySpace.com with over 180 million users, Orkut.com with over 49 million users and Facebook.com with over 30 million users.

Other possible sources can be BoardTracker.com, Kijiji.com, Craigslist.com, USFreeAds.com and so on. These sites often contain ads, profiles and member info that's accessible by simply searching them with their in-site search functions.

3. Call the Number: In order to proceed with this alternative, make sure to consult a lawyer or otherwise qualified legal counsel who can advise on the legalities of privacy/law before such a step is initiated.

In this scenario, call the number and pretend that you've dialed the wrong number by asking for a random name, such as "Dave". They'll most likely respond by saying, "sorry, you've dialed the wrong number".

At this point, you'll want to say something to the effect of: "Really? He said his number was 555-1234. Who am I calling?"

In many cases, the person on the other end of the line will simply state their name or location without a second thought.

While following these steps, make sure that the number you use to call is not your home number or your cell number; you can use a pay phone for this purpose.

Or, to simplify the process even more - and depending on your exact circumstances and what you want to find out - you could simply call the number and ask them who they are directly, stating that you saw their number on your call display and that you're curious.

Again, I need to re-emphasize the importance of determining your legal rights in doing any sort of "pretext" call in order to obtain information. Please consult an attorney before attempting these methods, which are listed here purely as educational content.

That concludes the free methods for conducting a reverse cell phone search.

The fourth method below will cost a bit of money, but if you want to remain discreet or find out more about the caller than just their name, then it may be your best option (not to mention, it's legal)...

4. Cell Phone Number Records Databases: There are a few companies on the web who offer a membership or a service where you can conduct a "self serve" reverse records lookup on most cell phone numbers or unlisted numbers from a premium records database, which is usually a combination of public records, corresponding phonebook listings, user-added info, indexed web content and proprietary search methods.

The important thing to look for in this case is a guarantee. Not every cell phone number will have details, so look into their policies to see what happens if you can't find anything in their database.

Furthermore, a few of the better companies actually offer a "trial search" (free), which displays limited records for numbers that exist in their database, so you can know for sure if more information is available before ordering the service.

That's how to perform an effective reverse cell phone lookup on the internet.
About the Author
Chris Rempel recommends using http://www.ReverseCellPhoneRecords.com to conduct an instant, discreet and guaranteed reverse lookup for an unlisted number.

You can actually run an initial search to see if the number's full records are available prior to joining.
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