How to Trace an International Cell Phone

By Palmer Owyoung

Perhaps you are trying to find a friend whom you haven't spoken to in years and all that you have is her international cell-phone number. Maybe you need to track down a company or a person who scammed you from overseas. Whatever the case, while tracing an international cell-phone number isn't easy, it can be done provided that you know where to look.

Step 1

Find a website that will allow you to do searches an international search on cell phones. A few worth looking at are BestPeopleSearch, iInfoSearch, and Numberway (see Resources below). The costs associated with these sites range from free up to $250 per search. The results that you get will vary from site to site.

Step 2

Try Bestpeoplesearch.com. This service actually provides you with your own personal investigator to help you with your search. All that you need to do is to provide either a name or phone number and they can get you the address of a person using either a cell phone or a landline, anywhere in the world, even if the number is unlisted, published or blocked. However, bear in mind that even if you do get results they may be fake. As of 2010 the services costs $250 per search, but if Best People Search doesn't produce results they will refund $200 of it minus a $50 administration fee.

Step 3

Go to iinfosearch.com. This is similar to Best People Search in that they will assign you an investigator that will do they legwork for you. They too will be able to get you a name and address attached to any cell-phone or land-line number even if the number is blocked or unlisted. It is a tiny bit cheaper costing--$240 as of 2010--and if they get no results, they will only take a $40 administrative fee.

Step 4

Try Numberway.com. This service is free to use, but it is basically an international yellow and white pages combined. The drawback is that if the phone number you are looking for is unlisted or it's a prepaid cell phone then you probably won't be able to get any information. But it's fairly simple to use. All you need to do is go to the site choose the region, then choose the country and put in the phone number and see what comes up.