Trace Cell Phone Numbers – Is it Legal? Is it Difficult? How Can I Find Out Who’s Calling?

From time to time we all need to look up a number on our cell phone. For whatever reason we don’t know who it is and we just want to find out who’s calling. Easy enough, right? If it’s a landline or a regular telephone number, it’s pretty easy to look up who that person is. However, if it’s not a landline, if it’s a cell phone, things get much more complicated.

For a long time it was basically impossible to trace cell phone numbers at all. But now, because of a combination of improvements in technology and because of online databases, you can look up just about any number, even if it’s a cellular phone or if it’s an unlisted number. Yes, you can lookup unlisted numbers online. Amazing.

When I tell people this, they are often surprised and have a lot of questions. Here are some of the ones I get.

Is this illegal? – No, it’s completely legal technology. The problems in the past were not regarding legalities, but rather the technological hurdles put in place by having so many companies issuing cell numbers: Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon, etc. Now with federally mandated number portability all of the companies have to play ball and share numbers. It’s made everything so much easier.

Is it difficult to trace cell phone calls? – No looking up cell phone numbers is the easiest thing in the world. Anyone can do it. My mom can even do it and she’s a complete technophobe with absolutely no nerd skills at all.

Is it expensive? – No, it really isn’t. In fact, it’s surprisingly cheap and many of the look up services offer a free trace in order to make sure the number is definitely available in the database for a lookup.

How does it work? – You simply go to a website, enter the number and find out if they have the information you are looking for. If they do, then you pay either for a one-time charge or for a subscription service and then you get the name, address, and a map to the person’s address. Amazingly simple and effective.

I hope this answers your questions about tracing cell phone numbers.