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How to Do a FREE Reverse Cell Phone Lookup

Is there such a thing as a free reverse cell phone lookup? It’s the question of the ages. Well, the information age for sure. It’s a question that ranks right up there with, “Which came first, the chicken or the egg?” I know the answer to that one, too. The chicken came first. Just look in the dictionary. Yes, you can do a reverse cell phone lookup absolutely free. Read on.

At one time or another we need to know who the caller is when we receive a phone call on our landline or cellphone displaying an unfamiliar number. Is it a friend that we haven’t talked to in months or a foe – a persistent debt collector? Or a deep breather – an obscenity pest? Or an organization repeatedly requesting donations? If the number is familiar, you probably pick up the phone. If the number is not, you may want to know who is on the other end of the line before answering.

I have discovered that it is possible to do a reverse cell phone lookup absolutely free. I have read a number of articles that indicate a free cell phone search is possible, but when push comes to shove, they chicken out – sorry. The authors of these articles state that free reverse cell phone lookup is an invaluable service, and then they go on to state that you can have access for one low price.

Are you as confused as I am? They give you a number of websites where you find out free that information is available and sometimes even the city where the caller resides. But to get the name of the caller and further information, you have to pay a one-time fee that is generally $14.95. Or there’s a second option offering you a premium membership where you can look up unlimited numbers for one year.for $39.95. Not exactly free, right?


You might be asking yourself, why can’t I just get this cell phone number free? Simple. Landline phone numbers belong in the public domain so you can find them on almost any free online search website. But cell phone numbers are private and owned by telephone carriers and telecommunication companies. The information for cell phone databases is collated manually from many sources so reverse phone lookup companies charge a fee for this information.

Don't despair though. You can do a free reverse cell phone lookup if you know how. Let me count the ways:

1 – Caller ID. You probably have Caller ID on your landline. You can also add it to your cell phone. It gives you the name of missed callers and phone numbers.

2 - Star 69. Press * (star), then 6, then 9. Your phone will automatically call back your last caller.

3 – Search Engines. Google.com, Yahoo.com, Bing.com, Altavista.com, Dogpile.com.

Good news! This is where you can get lucky and learn absolutely free who belongs to the cell phone you are researching.. One caveat, however, it will only work for you if the number has been published at some time – perhaps in an online resume, in a post or article, in a publicity release, or on a social networking site like Facebook or Myspace. I’m usually amazed that so many folks post their cellphone numbers online risking the possibility of identity theft.

Important! Be sure that you enter the cell phone number in two different ways:


and also without hyphens or spaces: 5551115555.

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That remarkable statement was made by President Rutherford B. Hayes who made a call from Washington, DC to Pennsylvania with Alexander Graham Bell's new telephone patented in 1876.

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Comments for How to Do a FREE Reverse Cell Phone Lookup

vernz011 on September 19, 2018:

Thanks for sharing. For phone users like me, this very helpful.


drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on November 13, 2014:

Thanks for the note of approval, Pharme118.

Pharme118 on January 28, 2014:

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drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on October 07, 2013:

Yes, regiwrites, you enter the number first with hyphens and then without, in the search box of Google.

regiwrites on October 07, 2013:

did i miss something, you say be sure to enter the number with hypens and then without, enter it where?

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on April 17, 2013:

You are very, very welcome, Patricia. Often we can be fortunate enough to find the number we are looking for through a search engine for free. If not, then we have to shell out some dough for the 'free' reverse phone services.

I have found Dogpile.com to be one of the most complete since it scans other search engines to provide information. No charge, m'dear. :)

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on April 17, 2013:

drbj, heydihi....

Thanks for this...I have gone to those "free' reverse phone look up places and then been hit with, " oh, by the way, shell out some cash here please."

So now I know another way...


Sending you many Angels this evening :) ps

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on February 24, 2013:

It is 'free,' Maddie, if if the number, as I stated above, has been published at some time in an online resume, a post, hub, blog or article, in a publicity release, or on a social networking site like Facebook or Twitter.

Maddie on February 23, 2013:

When was the word "FREE" attached to a price??????

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on October 18, 2012:

Thank you, charles. Happy to provide the information. Thanks for the Wow!

charlespogi18 on October 18, 2012:

Wow. This is interesting. Thanks a lot. Great job.


drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on August 23, 2012:

'Sfunny, 2patricias, that you mentioned a callbox / phone booth in your comment. Not surprised that your handy call box has been removed. I was just thinking the other day how few phone booths one sees on the streets. Hardly any. The only place I have seen them recently is in airports and Emergency Rooms. Times do change, m'dear. Hope you sold your call box stock in time.

2patricias from Sussex by the Sea on April 30, 2012:

That sounds really useful. I'm sure it is possible on the UK mobile system - I might get out the guidebook that came with my phone (if I can find it).

Here in the UK we have to pay to get a phone number on the landline - but it is free from a call box(phone booth). We used to have a call box just across the road and used that to get information. Sadly, the box has now been removed... How times change, eh?

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on February 23, 2011:

Thanks, imranhaider, for your succinct statement. Are you the strong, silent type?

imranhaider on February 23, 2011:

nice hub

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on December 31, 2010:

Thank you for visiting, John Calvin. You will find that you can often find the cell phone number for free and save money by checking the search engines, like Google, first.

John Calvin Lewis on December 31, 2010:

Nice article.

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drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on November 03, 2010:

My pleasure, susannah, you are most welcome. Using Google first to find a cellphone number is the smartest way to go. And free.

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on November 03, 2010:

That sounds like a plan, rcpl - go for it!

susannah42 from Florida on November 03, 2010:

Thanks for this info. I will definitely use it.

Reverse cell phone lookup on September 16, 2010:

I usually lookup a cell phone number in whitepages first, then I do a search for that number on Google, lol.

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on August 31, 2010:

Hi, katie. Thanks for stopping by and you are very welcome. Always. Peace to you, too.

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on August 31, 2010:

James - I have used Phone Detective with excellent results. See the link above. Thanks for your visit.

Katie McMurray from Westerville on August 31, 2010:

Oh my how did I ever miss this free reverse cell phone number lookup. Oh the times I've needed this... Handy and good to know. Thanks for the great tips. Peace :)

James Harrison on June 01, 2010:

Which paid sites have you tried?