In the past, before the age of cell phones and caller IDs you had no choice but to answer any and all calls that you got. Thanks to the caller ID, nowadays you can say if the call is from someone you know or not. Wrong numbers drives me crazy when I get calls from numbers that I don’t recognize. I’m sure I’m not alone here. For one, they waste my time, secondly they waste my minutes and money.

Don’t you wish there was a way to lookup who the caller is when you don’t know the number? We actually can. In the past only private detectives could do this. They had to get the information through the CIA or FBI. Not only did they take up to 2 weeks to get you the information, they were also very expensive. Even today you can find private eyes charging as much as $200. But the era of private investigators is over. You can be your own special agent thanks to online tools.

But there’s a Hitch

Cell phone numbers are not listed on telephone directories. Have you seen a Verizon, T-Mobile or Sprint phone book? That’s because they don’t exist. Mobile numbers are not public domain information like land phone numbers. The only way to keep telemarketers and identity thieves away from our wireless numbers is to make them unlisted or unavailable for public access. That’s the only way to protect mobile phone user privacy.

Does it mean that you can’t trace cell numbers?

Not at all, you can for ~90% of the numbers. Certain third party companies have been given the authority to build their own mobile number databases. There are multiple companies doing this. However, they don’t have all the numbers in the USA. For example company A might have 10 million numbers more than company B. This is why it is very important that you pick the correct service to trace cell phone numbers. Because collecting all these numbers and maintaining databases is a costly procedure, they’re not willing to share this information for free. There are certain ‘services’ that charge as much as $200, but then there are others that only charge you a fraction of that and yet give you all the basic information such as the phone owner’s full name, exact address and map location and even house hold member information.Technology is amazing, all within a couple of minutes.