Trace Cell Phone Numbers - 4 Free Ways by George Wischler

By: George Wischler

Receiving unknown calls is both frustrating and time wasting. Today, many of these calls are from cellphones and VOIP phones as they are much more difficult to trace than regular land lines. A lack of official directories and industry standards has created an 'open game' for telemarketers, who use the privacy to shield their annoying activities.

The following methods will aid you in identifying private or otherwise unknown calls from both cellphones and landlines:

Internet Search Engines:

Typing phone numbers directly into Google, Yahoo, or another major search engine can yield a wealth of information. Previous usage history may be found. Sometimes current owners are listed at business or commercial websites. Very similar numbers may be displayed which reveal location, provider info, and even clues to the owner.

Depending on the type of number, your success with this method might be limited. Many commercially oriented activities are kept private and use numbers which are created and destroyed very quickly.

Free Cell Phone Directory:

In an attempt to address a lack of official standard listing, privately held directories have recently started appearing to publish lists of cell phone owners. Often these directories will display a great deal of detail about a number; names, addresses, and more. Their only downfall is that they rely on voluntary admission: cellular subscribers must choose to enter themselves through forms on a website. Again, this does not bode well for finding telemarketing terrorists and private pranksters.

Community Forums Directory:

Our third method is probably the best free option for finding number ownership information. These directories are also privately held, but unlike voluntary admission websites they are community oriented. People go to these websites, find a discussion, aka 'thread', for the number which has been calling them, and exchange everything they know about it with other people who've had the same problem. Sometimes industry experts participate, and a great deal of information can be revealed about unscrupulous business activities. The power of communities online is only beginning to unfold.

Reverse Phone Directory for Cellphones, Landlines, and VOIP:

In terms of time, effort, and quality of information, our last option (a community directory) is definitely the best at this time. Commercial directories exist which use modern technology to track all types of 'phone' communication, from cellular to Internet, land based to wireless or satellite. These directories often provide the:

* Business or private entity name

* Physical address and map to their location

* Company providing services

* Current status of their service

Searching to see if they have any additional information about a number is free, and if so, they provide it within seconds.

http://www.cellphonenumbersrevealed.com

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