Individuals can choose to pay to locate a phone number by enlisting the help of private investigators or online companies that charge for private information. However, many free websites offer services to locate a phone number. Additionally, printed telephone books are distributed throughout communities.
Websites such as WhitePages.com, 411Locate.com and AnyWho.com feature free services to look up phone numbers based on a person's name, and a city or state. Reverse phone look up services allow users to input a phone number and identify who owns the phone if the information is deemed public. Some services may not be able to locate cell phone numbers, but landlines for businesses and individuals who have not privatized their numbers are available.