How Do I Find Who Owns a Telephone Number

By: Graham Alexander

There are several reasons why you might be asking, "How Do I Find Who Owns A Telephone Number". Maybe you're getting nuisance calls, and want to track down the source. Maybe you found a number on you caller identification that you don't recognize. Maybe you found a number on your partner's phone, and are getting a bit suspicious! You wouldn't be the first.

So, how do you go about finding out who owns the number?

First off, as a long shot, just type the number into Google and hit search - you never know, you might get lucky, especially if it's from a business number, or if the caller has put their phone number on a website somewhere.

Your next stop should be a free reverse phone number directory. There are several available on the internet - just do a search. Once you've found a suitable site, enter the entire number including the area code and hit "Search". If the number is a published land line, you should get the information you want, including the name of the owner and the entire address of the owner.

Sometimes this can be enough to get results, and you don't need to go any further. However, in most cases, you'll need to try a slightly different approach.

Quite often you will be unsuccessful because the number belongs to a mobile phone. There's no central database of cell phone numbers, so most free reverse phone lookup sites can't return information about such numbers. In addition, if the number is a land line, but is unlisted or non-published, you won't be able to get the info you need either.

There's little point trying lots of different phone number lookup websites in order to find who owns a Telephone Number, either. Generally they all use the same databases, so if you don't find the number at one, then you're very unlikely to find it anywhere else. Ultimately, if you really need the number, you'll probably have to use a paid site, but it's not always easy to know which one to choose. That's where a Reverse Phone Lookup comparison site can help.

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