How to Trace Cellular Phone Numbers for Free

Cell phone numbers are difficult to trace because unlike landline phone numbers, there is no universal listing for them. Trying to track the owner of a cell phone number for free is even more difficult. Generally, you can pinpoint where a number is based, but finding additional information through online databases will typically require paying a fee. Before paying, however, you can try a few free methods.

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Cell phone numbers are typically not part of the public record.

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Go to Google. Type in the cell phone number in question, with all sorts of variations. For instance, if the number you're tracing is 123-456-7890, you should search for "(123) 456-7890," "1234567890," "123-456-7890" or "123 456 7890." See if the results produce any clues.

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Go to the homepages for Facebook and MySpace and search the websites for the cell phone number. Oftentimes people will post their cell phone numbers attached to their accounts without even thinking. Simply type the phone number into the search bar.

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Go to MobilePhoneNumber.com using your Internet browser. This is a voluntary database of people who wish for their cell phones to be listed. It probably won't find anyone who doesn't want to be found, but for more general searches it may be useful.

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Pay a fee to use websites that will scour the Internet and other records for a given phone number. Generally, the fee is $15 to $30, depending on what information you want. Plus, the legitimate sites offer a money-back guarantee if they can't find the person you're searching for.