Tracking down someone's cell phone number can be difficult, if not impossible. After all, one of the reasons that people purchase a mobile phone is so they can have some measure of anonymity. In addition, phone books do not (usually) carry listings of cell phone numbers, so there's no paper trail to follow.
However, that doesn't mean that finding a cell phone number listing is an impossible task. While mobile phone numbers are notoriously tricky to look up, there are a couple of tricks you can try.
Should I pay for this information? After years of receiving literally hundreds of emails from frustrated readers that have paid so-called "legit" services that promise to do a mobile phone number search, I can say confidently that no, you should not pay for this information. Not one of these folks has ever had success with these sites that offer to find this information for you. They have access to the same information you do on the Web - if you can't find it, they probably can't either.
What if I can't find the mobile phone number I'm looking for? Unfortunately, that's going to be the norm and not the exception. Mobile phone numbers are kept very private by most people, and since they are not in any kind of published directory (yet), they are next to impossible to track down. However, don't give up - try the tips I've mentioned in this article to help you in your free mobile phone number search, and you just might get lucky.
Free Reverse Phone Search with Google
You can use Google to trace telephone numbers; however they are disabling some of the functionality as there have been some abuses and complaints. This free search does not work for cellphone numbers or unlisted telephone numbers.
Suppose you want to find out who owns the number (212) 736-3100, you would enter it like this:
You would then find out that it belongs to the Empire State Building in New York!
Reverse telephone number lookups are useful if you have "Caller ID" and you would like to identify a number that calls your telephone. It is also useful if you find a scrap of paper around the house and you are not sure who that number belongs to.
It can also be used to identify numbers that you find from others.