Have you ever tried to identify the subscriber name that matched a telephone number? Of course you have. Dumb question. But securing the name, the carrier or the type of service — landline, cellular, VoIP or text-only — is not straightforward. You might dial a single number through Google Voice and get a non stop ring. Or call from a cell phone and get a recording that identifies it as a Verizon number that has been disconnected, changed or is no longer in service. Likewise, a phone number directory, may leave you confused. So . . . you are looking to hire a private investigator to get cell phone records. You may have searched all over the Internet and run into multiple sites that claim to provide copies of cell phone records. Here is the bottom line: Unless you are the owner of the cell phone in question or have specific permission or a court order to obtain the records, private investigators (or anyone else) cannot get cell phone records for you (unless you want to break the law, of course).