Phone Number Lookup?

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  1. Guest

    Is there a free way on the Internet to look up the owner of a phone
    number? I tried the so call "free" phone lookups and they all say
    "found the number", pay *** to see the results. Not free. Sometimes
    I would like to look up a number that I received a call from to see
    who it is. Is there a free way??

    charliec
    , Jan 3, 2013
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  2. SC Tom Guest

    <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Is there a free way on the Internet to look up the owner of a phone
    > number? I tried the so call "free" phone lookups and they all say
    > "found the number", pay *** to see the results. Not free. Sometimes
    > I would like to look up a number that I received a call from to see
    > who it is. Is there a free way??
    >
    > charliec


    Like a lot of other things on the web, there USED to be free ones, but I'm
    with you, every one I've tried in the last few years wants money for
    details. Most of them will show a general location and whether it's a
    landline or cell, but if you want anything more, give 'em the old credit
    card number.
    --
    SC Tom
    SC Tom, Jan 3, 2013
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  3. Mayayana Guest

    This one works:

    http://www.411.com/reverse_phone

    But it's limited by the number of unlisted numbers
    and unlisted cellphones. It's just a phone book.

    Another one I've found useful is this:

    www.whocallsme.com

    I get a fair number of repeat calls from unlikely
    places that don't leave a message. The US and
    the state where I live (MA) were both very good
    about creating do-no-call regulations a few years
    ago. But the US is a corporatocracy. Massachusetts
    quietly stopped enforcing their superior law, referring
    me to US enforcement. As far as I can tell, the US
    is no longer really doing anything. And they make
    exemptions for non-profits, surveys, every poitician's
    fans and family, etc. So Ace and Acme Corp. can
    legally call and do their sales pitch in th form of a
    survey.

    www.whocallsme.com is a clever idea. It seems to be
    some kind of forum where people share information.
    So even if a harassing phone number is not listed one
    can often get some information about who's calling.
    At least one can find whether the number has complaints.

    I don't know about the paid services. I run into those
    whenever I try to find people from the past. Presumably
    they buy data the way retailers do, so that they can
    find corporate-shared information about you, operating
    on the edge of legality. I've never been so desperate to
    know that I'd pay up front for an unknown quantity of
    information, and probably end up having to volunteer my
    own personal dossier to the spy creeps while I'm at it. :)


    | Like a lot of other things on the web, there USED to be free ones, but I'm
    | with you, every one I've tried in the last few years wants money for
    | details. Most of them will show a general location and whether it's a
    | landline or cell, but if you want anything more, give 'em the old credit
    | card number.
    | --
    Mayayana, Jan 3, 2013
    #3
  4. SC Tom Guest

    "Mayayana" <> wrote in message
    news:kc465h$7pg$...
    > This one works:
    >
    > http://www.411.com/reverse_phone
    >
    > But it's limited by the number of unlisted numbers
    > and unlisted cellphones. It's just a phone book.


    But it's still $1.99 billed to your cell if you want to find out who it is,
    not just that the number exists. Or that's what it says on the one number I
    tried. Another one gave me a name, but it wasn't the right name. Go figure
    :)
    --
    SC Tom


    >
    > Another one I've found useful is this:
    >
    > www.whocallsme.com
    >
    > I get a fair number of repeat calls from unlikely
    > places that don't leave a message. The US and
    > the state where I live (MA) were both very good
    > about creating do-no-call regulations a few years
    > ago. But the US is a corporatocracy. Massachusetts
    > quietly stopped enforcing their superior law, referring
    > me to US enforcement. As far as I can tell, the US
    > is no longer really doing anything. And they make
    > exemptions for non-profits, surveys, every poitician's
    > fans and family, etc. So Ace and Acme Corp. can
    > legally call and do their sales pitch in th form of a
    > survey.
    >
    > www.whocallsme.com is a clever idea. It seems to be
    > some kind of forum where people share information.
    > So even if a harassing phone number is not listed one
    > can often get some information about who's calling.
    > At least one can find whether the number has complaints.
    >
    > I don't know about the paid services. I run into those
    > whenever I try to find people from the past. Presumably
    > they buy data the way retailers do, so that they can
    > find corporate-shared information about you, operating
    > on the edge of legality. I've never been so desperate to
    > know that I'd pay up front for an unknown quantity of
    > information, and probably end up having to volunteer my
    > own personal dossier to the spy creeps while I'm at it. :)
    >
    >
    > | Like a lot of other things on the web, there USED to be free ones, but
    > I'm
    > | with you, every one I've tried in the last few years wants money for
    > | details. Most of them will show a general location and whether it's a
    > | landline or cell, but if you want anything more, give 'em the old credit
    > | card number.
    > | --
    >
    >
    SC Tom, Jan 3, 2013
    #4
  5. Mayayana Guest

    | > http://www.411.com/reverse_phone
    | >
    | > But it's limited by the number of unlisted numbers
    | > and unlisted cellphones. It's just a phone book.
    |
    | But it's still $1.99 billed to your cell if you want to find out who it
    is,
    | not just that the number exists. Or that's what it says on the one number
    I
    | tried. Another one gave me a name, but it wasn't the right name. Go figure

    I just tried it this morning with a friend's number.
    It worked fine. But I don't use a cellphone so I
    don't know anything about those charges. I just
    did it from a browser on a PC.
    Mayayana, Jan 3, 2013
    #5
  6. Guest

    >On Thu, 3 Jan 2013 09:56:22 -0500, "Mayayana" <> wrote:

    >This one works:
    >
    >http://www.411.com/reverse_phone
    >
    > But it's limited by the number of unlisted numbers
    >and unlisted cellphones. It's just a phone book.
    >
    >Another one I've found useful is this:
    >
    >www.whocallsme.com
    >
    > I get a fair number of repeat calls from unlikely
    >places that don't leave a message. The US and
    >the state where I live (MA) were both very good
    >about creating do-no-call regulations a few years
    >ago. But the US is a corporatocracy. Massachusetts
    >quietly stopped enforcing their superior law, referring
    >me to US enforcement. As far as I can tell, the US
    >is no longer really doing anything. And they make
    >exemptions for non-profits, surveys, every poitician's
    >fans and family, etc. So Ace and Acme Corp. can
    >legally call and do their sales pitch in th form of a
    >survey.
    >
    >www.whocallsme.com is a clever idea. It seems to be
    >some kind of forum where people share information.
    >So even if a harassing phone number is not listed one
    >can often get some information about who's calling.
    >At least one can find whether the number has complaints.
    >
    > I don't know about the paid services. I run into those
    >whenever I try to find people from the past. Presumably
    >they buy data the way retailers do, so that they can
    >find corporate-shared information about you, operating
    >on the edge of legality. I've never been so desperate to
    >know that I'd pay up front for an unknown quantity of
    >information, and probably end up having to volunteer my
    >own personal dossier to the spy creeps while I'm at it. :)
    >
    >
    >| Like a lot of other things on the web, there USED to be free ones, but I'm
    >| with you, every one I've tried in the last few years wants money for
    >| details. Most of them will show a general location and whether it's a
    >| landline or cell, but if you want anything more, give 'em the old credit
    >| card number.
    >| --
    >


    I tried both that you recommended with a friend's phone number and did
    not receive the name on either - the first wanted a payment, and the
    second wanted information about you before proceeding. All I want is
    the name of the person calling. Any way to do that with no charge??
    , Jan 3, 2013
    #6
  7. Mayayana Guest

    | I tried both that you recommended with a friend's phone number and did
    | not receive the name on either - the first wanted a payment, and the
    | second wanted information about you before proceeding. All I want is
    | the name of the person calling. Any way to do that with no charge??

    It works fine for me at 411. Are you sure your
    friend's number is a publicly listed landline? It
    may be thast they're asking you for payment because
    your friend has a cellphone. Since those are not publicly
    listed, the information can only come from marketing
    and spyware databases that the website has to pay
    to access.

    I'm using a PC browser with script disabled.
    That might make some kind of difference. I
    don't know. I've never had anyplace ask me for
    information about myself. I've only seen some
    ask for money. But if you read what I wrote you'll
    see the two I linked are not at all the same service.
    The first should
    have your friend's number if he's in the phone book.
    The second is a service to find out about unlisted
    phone spammers. It's not a phone book or reverse
    phone lookup.
    Mayayana, Jan 3, 2013
    #7
  8. Guest

    >On Thu, 3 Jan 2013 16:22:52 -0500, "Mayayana" <> wrote:

    >
    >| I tried both that you recommended with a friend's phone number and did
    >| not receive the name on either - the first wanted a payment, and the
    >| second wanted information about you before proceeding. All I want is
    >| the name of the person calling. Any way to do that with no charge??
    >
    > It works fine for me at 411. Are you sure your
    >friend's number is a publicly listed landline? It
    >may be thast they're asking you for payment because
    >your friend has a cellphone. Since those are not publicly
    >listed, the information can only come from marketing
    >and spyware databases that the website has to pay
    >to access.
    >
    > I'm using a PC browser with script disabled.
    >That might make some kind of difference. I
    >don't know. I've never had anyplace ask me for
    >information about myself. I've only seen some
    >ask for money. But if you read what I wrote you'll
    >see the two I linked are not at all the same service.
    >The first should
    >have your friend's number if he's in the phone book.
    >The second is a service to find out about unlisted
    >phone spammers. It's not a phone book or reverse
    >phone lookup.
    >


    I went back to your link for 411 and tried 4 different phone numbers -
    it came back on each and listed each as a "landline" and wanted me to
    enter my cell phone number to have them send me the name and they
    would charge $1.99 to my cell phone.

    Try this numbe on yours and see what you get - (602) 718-9224

    What am I doing wrong?
    , Jan 3, 2013
    #8
  9. Mayayana Guest

    | I went back to your link for 411 and tried 4 different phone numbers -
    | it came back on each and listed each as a "landline" and wanted me to
    | enter my cell phone number to have them send me the name and they
    | would charge $1.99 to my cell phone.
    |
    | Try this numbe on yours and see what you get - (602) 718-9224
    |
    | What am I doing wrong?
    |

    I get that, too, with your number. So then I tried
    looking up Boston City Hospital (just to respect the
    privacy of friends) and put that in:
    6174245269

    It worked. I think it must return numbers that are
    in the phone book and then they make money by
    selling restricted information about private numbers.
    Mayayana, Jan 3, 2013
    #9
  10. SC Tom Guest

    "Mayayana" <> wrote in message
    news:kc4f1o$4mf$...
    >
    > | > http://www.411.com/reverse_phone
    > | >
    > | > But it's limited by the number of unlisted numbers
    > | > and unlisted cellphones. It's just a phone book.
    > |
    > | But it's still $1.99 billed to your cell if you want to find out who it
    > is,
    > | not just that the number exists. Or that's what it says on the one
    > number
    > I
    > | tried. Another one gave me a name, but it wasn't the right name. Go
    > figure
    >
    > I just tried it this morning with a friend's number.
    > It worked fine. But I don't use a cellphone so I
    > don't know anything about those charges. I just
    > did it from a browser on a PC.
    >


    Check this out:
    <http://www.411.com/phone/1-802-771-3202>

    And that's from my browser, not from a cell phone (I don't do data on my
    cell).
    --
    SC Tom
    SC Tom, Jan 4, 2013
    #10
  11. SC Tom Guest

    <> wrote in message
    news:...
    >>On Thu, 3 Jan 2013 16:22:52 -0500, "Mayayana" <>
    >>wrote:

    >
    >>
    >>| I tried both that you recommended with a friend's phone number and did
    >>| not receive the name on either - the first wanted a payment, and the
    >>| second wanted information about you before proceeding. All I want is
    >>| the name of the person calling. Any way to do that with no charge??
    >>
    >> It works fine for me at 411. Are you sure your
    >>friend's number is a publicly listed landline? It
    >>may be thast they're asking you for payment because
    >>your friend has a cellphone. Since those are not publicly
    >>listed, the information can only come from marketing
    >>and spyware databases that the website has to pay
    >>to access.
    >>
    >> I'm using a PC browser with script disabled.
    >>That might make some kind of difference. I
    >>don't know. I've never had anyplace ask me for
    >>information about myself. I've only seen some
    >>ask for money. But if you read what I wrote you'll
    >>see the two I linked are not at all the same service.
    >>The first should
    >>have your friend's number if he's in the phone book.
    >>The second is a service to find out about unlisted
    >>phone spammers. It's not a phone book or reverse
    >>phone lookup.
    >>

    >
    > I went back to your link for 411 and tried 4 different phone numbers -
    > it came back on each and listed each as a "landline" and wanted me to
    > enter my cell phone number to have them send me the name and they
    > would charge $1.99 to my cell phone.
    >
    > Try this numbe on yours and see what you get - (602) 718-9224
    >
    > What am I doing wrong?
    >

    Obviously the same thing I'm doing wrong since that's what I get also.
    --
    SC Tom
    SC Tom, Jan 4, 2013
    #11
  12. SC Tom Guest

    "Mayayana" <> wrote in message
    news:kc52m1$dtq$...
    > | I went back to your link for 411 and tried 4 different phone numbers -
    > | it came back on each and listed each as a "landline" and wanted me to
    > | enter my cell phone number to have them send me the name and they
    > | would charge $1.99 to my cell phone.
    > |
    > | Try this numbe on yours and see what you get - (602) 718-9224
    > |
    > | What am I doing wrong?
    > |
    >
    > I get that, too, with your number. So then I tried
    > looking up Boston City Hospital (just to respect the
    > privacy of friends) and put that in:
    > 6174245269
    >
    > It worked. I think it must return numbers that are
    > in the phone book and then they make money by
    > selling restricted information about private numbers.
    >
    >


    All three of the numbers I tried are in the white pages; two in SC, and one
    VT. All three are landlines, but none are businesses.
    For G&G, I entered my doctor's medical group number, and it spit out all 23
    physicians working there. That would be normal, since they all have the same
    number, but different extensions.
    --
    SC Tom
    SC Tom, Jan 4, 2013
    #12
  13. Guest

    >On Thu, 3 Jan 2013 19:30:44 -0500, "SC Tom" <> wrote:

    >
    >
    >"Mayayana" <> wrote in message
    >news:kc52m1$dtq$...
    >> | I went back to your link for 411 and tried 4 different phone numbers -
    >> | it came back on each and listed each as a "landline" and wanted me to
    >> | enter my cell phone number to have them send me the name and they
    >> | would charge $1.99 to my cell phone.
    >> |
    >> | Try this numbe on yours and see what you get - (602) 718-9224
    >> |
    >> | What am I doing wrong?
    >> |
    >>
    >> I get that, too, with your number. So then I tried
    >> looking up Boston City Hospital (just to respect the
    >> privacy of friends) and put that in:
    >> 6174245269
    >>
    >> It worked. I think it must return numbers that are
    >> in the phone book and then they make money by
    >> selling restricted information about private numbers.
    >>
    >>

    >
    >All three of the numbers I tried are in the white pages; two in SC, and one
    >VT. All three are landlines, but none are businesses.
    >For G&G, I entered my doctor's medical group number, and it spit out all 23
    >physicians working there. That would be normal, since they all have the same
    >number, but different extensions.


    What is "G&G"?
    , Jan 4, 2013
    #13
  14. SC Tom Guest

    <> wrote in message
    news:...
    >>On Thu, 3 Jan 2013 19:30:44 -0500, "SC Tom" <> wrote:

    >
    >>
    >>
    >>"Mayayana" <> wrote in message
    >>news:kc52m1$dtq$...
    >>> | I went back to your link for 411 and tried 4 different phone numbers -
    >>> | it came back on each and listed each as a "landline" and wanted me to
    >>> | enter my cell phone number to have them send me the name and they
    >>> | would charge $1.99 to my cell phone.
    >>> |
    >>> | Try this numbe on yours and see what you get - (602) 718-9224
    >>> |
    >>> | What am I doing wrong?
    >>> |
    >>>
    >>> I get that, too, with your number. So then I tried
    >>> looking up Boston City Hospital (just to respect the
    >>> privacy of friends) and put that in:
    >>> 6174245269
    >>>
    >>> It worked. I think it must return numbers that are
    >>> in the phone book and then they make money by
    >>> selling restricted information about private numbers.
    >>>
    >>>

    >>
    >>All three of the numbers I tried are in the white pages; two in SC, and
    >>one
    >>VT. All three are landlines, but none are businesses.
    >>For G&G, I entered my doctor's medical group number, and it spit out all
    >>23
    >>physicians working there. That would be normal, since they all have the
    >>same
    >>number, but different extensions.

    >
    > What is "G&G"?


    Grins & giggles :)
    SC Tom, Jan 4, 2013
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