Looking Up A Phone Number?

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  1. ghall macrumors 68040

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    I got a call today from a number I don't recognize. My voicemail doesn't work so whoever it was couldn't leave a message. Where can I look up a number and get info on it for free? All the sites I checked are pay sites.

    I'd just call but if it's a wrong number, how silly would that be if I called them back. :p
     
  2. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    I always call these numbers back. I usually say something like, "Hi, my name is [insert name], and someone at your number phoned me at [insert time and date]."
     
  3. ghall thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Well if I do that I should wait until tomorrow. It's past polite calling hours right now. :p

    Anyway with the help of a friend (Telp), I have triangulated the approximate location of the phone, and it's nowhere near anybody I know. We've also discovered it's a Verizon cell phone.
     
  4. HD303 macrumors regular

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    I google the numbers, 8 out of 10 times I get a description.
     
  5. ghall thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Nuthin... :(
     
  6. airlights macrumors regular

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    Did you try WhitePages.com. I believe they have a reverse directory.
     
  7. ghall thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Not telling me anything I don't already know.

    I'm getting things like "find out their income". Goddammit, I just want a name! Even if it's just a first or last name! :p
     
  8. benmrii macrumors 65816

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    I hate when I get calls and I don't know who they are from. Especially when they are telemarketing calls. Or junk texts for that matter.
    At least you found it out though.:apple:
     
  10. ghall thread starter macrumors 68040

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    I did?


    BTW, Zaba search is the complete opposite of what I'm trying to do.
     
  11. benmrii macrumors 65816

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    Enter the phone number in the search field. It does reverse phone lookup as well.
     
  12. ghall thread starter macrumors 68040

    ghall

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    Says no records.

    Also no records.

    Bah. It's after midnight, if it's important they'll call back.
    In the meanwhile I should try to get my voicemail working again.
     
  13. themadchemist macrumors 68030

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    You probably won a billion gajillion dollars.
     
  14. yg17 macrumors G5

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    Cell phone numbers won't show up on the reverse directories. Neither will unlisted numbers.

    You can go to http://www.fonefinder.net and put in the area code and prefix, and it will tell you whether it's a wireless or landline number, and the carrier that owns it (which isn't 100% accurate due to number portability, but it's a good indication at least....for example, even though I have T-Mobile, mine shows as an AT&T number since that's where I first got it, but it'll at least have the wireless part of it right)
     
  15. themadchemist macrumors 68030

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    Say, if you figure it out, maybe you can tell this guy.
     

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