How to Reverse Lookup Cell Phone Numbers with Free Directory Access

How to Reverse Lookup Cell Phone Numbers with Free Directory Access

Finding the best reverse phone lookup service may be not easy, especially, taking into account the proliferation of cell phone numbers open to unlimited porting (i.e. switching mobile carriers) and recycling (re-assigning the same number to different users). And because there is no central directory of all the different types of phone numbers, one has to rely on private directories like Cell Revealer. This directory compiles phone records from several public and private sources, thus, it has a larger coverage raising the odds of locating phone owner info.

What is Reverse Phone Lookup?

Most people are still confused about the whole concept of reverse phone lookups – what it can and cannot do. For example, a reverse phone lookup directory cannot trace a current phone owner location. Mobile tracking software or service can accomplish that. There is also an opt-in requirement: one cannot simply go ahead and track someone’s location by their cell phone number. A cell phone directory can provide information about the current and past owners of a particular cell phone number. Now, for some numbers, such as those on prepaid plans, no owner information may be available. Thus, a reverse directory may come handy in many situations, such as:

  • Track a prank caller
  • Determine someone’s registered location
  • See who owns an unlisted number
  • Research “suspicious” numbers on someone’s phone
  • Locate an old friend from high school or college
  • Research “missed calls” on your caller ID

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How Does it Work?

You simply enter a phone number and the directory will provide you with an approximate issuing location, cell phone carrier and the phone line info. Due to number portability, the carrier you see may not necessarily be the one that the number is currently on. All reverse phone services require some sort of registration and/or payment before phone owner information can be retrieved. This is done for two reasons: first, to protect the phone owner identity from free automatic searches and, second, to recover the costs of compiling these records and maintaining the database. Remember, that major mobile companies like Sprint, Verizon and T-Mobile do not publish phone books for mobile numbers.

Landline vs. Mobile Numbers

The number you are trying to look up may belong to a cell phone, land line or even one of those VoIP lines, like Skype. Each of these has its own peculiarities. Land line numbers may be published or unpublished (i.e. taken off the phone books). Private directories are pretty good at tracking all sorts of these numbers. And Skype has its own phone directory, though you must be a registered user in order to get access to it. If it is the land line number that you need to look up, chances are that it belongs to a telemarketer. Telemarketing companies use toll-free as well as regular land line numbers and, nowadays, they have no shame calling your mobile phone and even ignoring the Do-Not Call list. Public anonymous caller boards help track telemarketers so you don’t need to worry again about them and block their future calls.

Useful Extra Tools

In addition to all the above functionality, there are several extra tools that you can find in Cell Revealer’s account. Depending on your particular situation, you may need to use more advanced techniques which are available to registered users. These include cell phone spy tools like spy dialing and mobile spying software tips. Number unmasking that would come handy if you received a call from a masked (i.e. “blocked” or “private”) number. Cell phone GEO tracking info and software and related services available on the Internet for cheap. Private investigation resources for finding long lost friends, relatives and tracking harassing calls with the help of law enforcement databases without directly involving the police. There are also some stealth mode tips on how to perform social profile searches on Facebook by phone number, email or name. All this can be accomplished while staying completely anonymous.

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  1. scott

    This article has some good information. However, I would like to point out that Cell Revealer charges a fee to view information on the owner of the phone number. Most people are looking for owner information when running a reverse phone lookup (who really cares about service provider, right?). Because of this I would not call Cell Revealer a free directory. Most of the cell phone directories that I have seen charge a fee to view owner info. I have only seen a few that are actually free. They are Spy Dialer and National Cellular Directory. Spy Dialer allows a user to listen to a voicemail of the cell phone number. So, if the owner leaves their name in the voice mail then you can find out who owns that number. Obviously, if they don’t leave their name in the VM then then this site really does not help. Also, you do not get the address of the owner because you are only listening to a voice mail (unless they leave their address in the voice mail which is very unlikely). The National Cellular Directory has a feature called “Happy Hour” that allows users to search their “Premium” directory free for 1 hour per day. If results are found you get the owner name and address. These are the only true free cell phone numbers directories that I have seen. If anybody knows of any others please let me know.

    1. Francine

      When is happy hour for National? It charges.

  2. MO

    How can you look up a cell no. by name only?

  3. Franz

    I believe that reverse phone lookup services are effective solutions but I never seen a free option. I tried this kind of service before and I needed to pay few bucks for the information I need. Anyway, I’m satisfied with the data even if I pay for the service.

    Thanks for the information you share.

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