Where Can You Find a Telephone Number for Free?


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Telephone numbers can be looked up using the search tools at the Whitepages, 411, Anywho and YP websites. Both of these resources allow users to look up telephone numbers by name and address. They also allow users to look up the name associated with an unknown telephone number.

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Where Can You Find a Telephone Number for Free?
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In addition to finding out a name with the reverse phone number look up feature on the YP website, users can also obtain other information about unknown callers, such as their email addresses, social networking profiles and alternative phone numbers. Users can even request criminal and other public records associated with an unknown phone number.

Whitepages, 411 and AnyWho can also be used to look up contact details for businesses, using either specific business names or general categories. AnyWho, which is part of the YP brand, is updated once every week using information from Intelius, Inc. This company has no professional affiliation with AT&T, and it gathers its data from records in the public domain.

The Whitepages website also offers a Caller ID mobile application for free download. This includes a feature to identify unknown numbers, whether they have called or sent a text message. This award-winning app also enables users to block certain numbers and to add images from social networking profiles.

There are a number of considerations to keep in mind when looking up a phone number. The first, which applies whether conducting a search by name and address or a reverse search by phone number, is that unlisted numbers might not return any data. Equally, when conducting a reverse search by phone number, users should keep in mind that area codes prior to 1992 were frequently changed.

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