How to Determine the Carrier of a Cell Phone by Number ??

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  1. smartboy87 macrumors newbie

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    is there any to Determine the Carrier of a Cell Phone by Number ???
     
  2. draz macrumors 6502a

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    No. Well unless you are talking to someone on AT&T and the call drops.



    With number portability you can sign up for a number under AT&T (or any provider) and move it later on to Verizon (or any other provider)
     
  3. The Californian macrumors 68040

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    Not since number portability where people have had the ability to take their numbers to whatever carrier they want. I'm sure my number comes up as Sprint even though I switched to AT&T a while ago.
     
  4. scaredpoet macrumors 604

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    You can find out which carrier a phone number ORIGINATED from. Using this tool:


    http://www.telcodata.us/telcodata/telco

    entering the area code and first three digits will get you that info.

    Be aware though, that if a person has ported their number out to a different carrier, then the information will not be accurate.
     
  5. Interstella5555 macrumors 603

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    When I was in college (9 years ago) or if you're in a small town, maybe, but since number porting it's difficult at best.
     
  6. Small White Car macrumors G4

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    Even though it's not current that's still pretty cool.

    My number came from the old AT&T back when there was both Cingular and a 'little' AT&T. Then Cingular bought my 'little' AT&T company and changed their own name to become the 'big' AT&T company we all know today. I went to T-mobile at that point and then came back to the new 'big' AT&T when I got my iPhone.

    So I really didn't know what the page would report. It says I came from NEW CINGULAR WIRELESS (AT&T Wireless). Not entirely accurate since it wasn't Cingular at the time, but I guess the name got updated when they merged.

    Still, interesting though.
     
  7. TB07-NJ macrumors 68020

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    www.tnid.org. If the person has recently switched carriers it might take a coule weeks for it to update.

    This was the result for my home phone number:


    tnID Database Record For 908-486-XXXX

    Caller ID: 908-486-xxxx


    Current Telephone Company:
    [​IMG]

    Original Telephone Company:
    Verizon New Jersey Inc.

    Original Telephone Company Type:
    Regional Bell Operating Company (RBOC)

    Estimated City:
    Roselle

    Estimated Region:
    New Jersey

    Estimated Postal Code:
    07203

    Equipment Location Code:
    RSLLNJRLDS5

    -------------------------------------------------------------------

    And this is for my cell:

    tnID Database Record For 908-377-xxxx

    Caller ID:My Name


    Current Telephone Company:
    [​IMG]

    Original Telephone Company:
    Cellco Partnership Dba Verizon Wireless - Nj

    Original Telephone Company Type:
    Wireless Carrier

    Estimated City:
    Cranford

    Estimated Region:
    New Jersey

    Estimated Postal Code:
    07016

    Equipment Location Code:
    BBTPNJDACM1
     
  8. iUser4Lyfe macrumors 6502

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    Creepy
     
  9. TB07-NJ macrumors 68020

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    No more creepy then being able to look up your name and see if you have ever been arrested, divorced, how much you paid for or sold your home for etc etc ..... :)
     
  10. mcmanus7 macrumors 6502a

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    hmm doesn't seem to work for canadian #'s ..

    it correctly identifies city and original carrier but does not have updated carrier info or name.
     
  11. Komiksulo macrumors 6502

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    I just put in my Toronto number 647-885-xxxx and my old Toronto number 416-503-xxxx and it found them! The 416 number was ported to Rogers cablephone well over a year ago, but it said it was still on Bell.

    I was expecting it to be US-only... maybe it's NANPA-wide?
     

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