How to Search for a Name for a Cell Number

by Palmer Owyoung

Perhaps someone has been crank calling you, or maybe you need to return a lost cell phone. Whatever the case, if you have a person's cell phone number, there are ways to track him down. In most cases, you will be able to get a name and an address, and you don't need to be Sherlock Holmes to do it.

Find a reverse phone look-up search. There are several that you can consider, including PeopleEngine.ws, Best People Search and Phone Detective. Any of these will allow you to find the name connected with the cell phone number.

Try PeopleEngine.ws. This is a people search engine that combines searching for a person by phone, e-mail and Social Security number with criminal background checks into one searchable data base. You can get some free information, such as the city where the phone is registered, but to get more details such as the name, address and phone carrier, you will have to pay a fee. As of 2010 this usually costs between $9.95 to $29.95, depending on what you need. If the site can't provide you with results, there is no fee.

Try Best People Search (BestPeopleSearch.com). This site gives you several options to do searches. You can do a search on your own, or you can hire a personal investigator who will do the work for you. All you need to do is provide Best People Search with a cell phone number. The advantage with this site is it can also do searches for international cell phone numbers. However, as of 2010, this service costs $250, although $210 is refundable if Best People Search can't find anything. The unassisted searches cost $14.95.

Try Phone Detective (reversephonedetective.com). You type in the phone number and click search, and moments later it will tell you whether there is information about the phone in question. This site has information only on U.S. phones and as of 2010, the fees are between $14.95 and $29.95.

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About the Author

Palmer Owyoung holds a Master of Arts in international business from the University of California at San Diego and a Bachelor of Arts in sociology from the University of California at Santa Barbara and is a trained molecular biologist. He has been a freelance writer since 2006. In addition to writing, he is a full-time Forex trader and Internet marketer.

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