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Free Cell Phone Lookup – Is it a Myth?

You really can do a free cell phone lookup online, but there are a few things you should know first - and it may not be as easy as you thought.

If you are determined to find out who belongs to that cell phone number and you want to do it for free, there are a few options available to you. Keep in mind that doing a free cell phone lookup means that you are going to have to do a little bit of legwork, with no promise of any results at all.

One of the best ways to start (and this is also going to give you the biggest bang for your buck) is to  simply enter the phone number in a search engine like Google. It is a good idea to put the last 7 digits in quotes so that Google knows that the number is to be searched exactly in that order. If you don't do this, you are going to get results that are fragments of the number you are searching for – this is going to be useless information and it is going to muddle the results.

The reason you want to start by entering the number in Google is that it has just about the entire internet indexed. If the owner has left the number on any website or document on the world wide web, you have a good chance of finding out who it belongs to. No matter where they left the number (online resume, a forum, or a social site), you can bet the the search engines are going to have a record of it.

Make sure that you perform your free cell phone lookup using a number of internet search engines as some may have information the others do not. However, if you only use a heavy hitter like Google, you are sure to cover just about all your bases.

When searching the web using the search phrase, “Free Cell Phone Lookup” you are going to notice that there are a number of sites that promise an actual free search. It is only when you click on the listing that you will find there is no such thing, and that they can hook you up with a very inexpensive paid service. Why the deception? I don't know, except to say that they are hoping to get people looking for a free service to give in and sign up to their service.

And to be honest, they do have a point. It's just the deception of calling themselves a free service when they are clearly not.

The bottom line is that the paid search is faster, much more accurate and gives you access to information that you would never get for free online – no matter how much you search. I don't know why they try to hide the fact that it is a paid service. For a matter of a few dollars, you can save yourself hours of work and know that the information you get is going to be up to date.

What is the biggest difference between a paid cell phone lookup and one that is free? Well, the information for the paid service comes from the cell carriers themselves and the free information relies on scraps of information that may be floating around the internet somewhere.

But are there sites that specialize in giving this information for free? Well, when you do a search, you may come across a few sites that seem to actually allow you to do a free cellphone number lookup  with no strings attached. They may tell you that they have a massive database of numbers and it may look good on the outside, but you have to realize that they are not using the information that is provided by the carriers. They have their own private source.

Where do they get the information? Well, one of the first things they are going to do is a search engine query. If that comes up empty, they look in their private database for the number. There is no guarantee, but you never know what is going to come up. There is only one problem with this: oftentimes, you have to give them your cell number and contact details before you do the search (oh, and agree to their terms of service). Guess how they built their database? And if you don't get the information you want, your own details are kept and there is not much you can do about it. You did agree to their terms of service before you did your search, after all. In short, you gave away you own private details for nothing.

The bottom line is that you are not going to find any free information on a person's cell phone number unless they actually put it online. Sometimes it works and other times, you end up with nothing.

The paid services that provide professional up to date searches of the actual database from the major carriers would seem like the way to go. The information is bought in bulk from the providers and then resold to the consumer on a per number basis. For a service like Phone Detective, you pay $14.95 for a full report for one number. This accesses the Tracer database of numbers that they buy from the majority of carriers.

You can find out if there is a full report available for the number you want by going to the site and entering the phone number for free. It will tell you the city the number originates from, the carrier, and whether there is a full report available.

Give it a try here: 


ex: 555-555-5555