If you need to trace a cell phone number to see who is behind the unknown calls you are getting or to trace the recent calls on your wife or husbands cell phone you will need to do a reverse call search. Private investigators and law enforcement agencies have been using a search service for years.

A few years ago reverse call services were not available to the public. You had to hire a private investigator or detective to do the research for you. But now the same service they use is available to the public for a very reasonable fee.

So can you get this information for free? Sometimes you can if you are lucky. First thing you can try is to enter the cell phone number in Google or try phone:(insert number here) and see if you get any results. Most cell numbers will not return any info. Unless the person has posted their name and number on a board or website somewhere you will not find anything.

Free search services will give you the same result because they use a free data base to run their directory. If you try one and come back with nothing you can bet all the other ones will not give you any results either because they usually share the same free data base.

Paid directories are a different story. They pay for a data base feed that keeps their search feed up to date and current. As soon as someone buys a new cell phone it will go into the data base and show up in the search. This is why they charge a fee to use their site and it is also why it is worth paying for the service. Plus you can run a preliminary search for free to see if the number is listed before you decide to join. The only ones I have not been able to trace are the pre-paid over the counter cell phones.

Depending on what site you join you will have access to the persons, name, location, full address, plus you may get access to court, finance, bankruptcy, marriage, job history, criminal records and even run people searches to find lost friends. All this for a small membership fee. Here is a little tip I learned the hard way. Pay the difference and go for the full year of membership instead of the one time search fee. Once you discover for yourself just how much info you can dig up on someone you will end up spending hours on their site.

Experts have been using reverse call lookups for years. They get paid a large fee for their service and all they have to do is enter a phone number and print out their results. Now you can do the same thing at home. All inquires are discreet and no one will ever be able to tell if you ran their number.

So go ahead and trace those unknown cell phone numbers and see who the mystery caller is. Want to turn the tables on them and ruin their day? Call them back and let them know you now have their home address and name plus you know where they work. I can almost guarantee this will stop any prank caller.