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Bitmap Apr 21, 2007, 03:04am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Does anyone know of a service that would allow me to identify who called my cell phone?

i.e., say someone from the number 307-555-1557 calls my cell phone. No name pops up, so the number is not in my contacts. They don't leave a message, and I'm not about to call back, and say, "Hi, my name is Bobby. I believe someone tried to call me from this number. May I speak with them?"

Is there some sort of service, internet or otherwise, where I can get, like, a first and last name? (I'm highly doubting it, there's probably some HUGE privacy issues revolving around it, but I thought I might as well ask, just in case.)


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FordGT90Concept Apr 21, 2007, 03:35am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Identify a Phone Number?
A reverse phone number search. I know White Pages has one at:
http://www.whitepages.com/9901/reverse_phone

Unfortunately, a lot of them make you pay to see the info. Also, when it says "Out of Area," "Unavailable," or something similar, it usually means it's a telemarketer using a machine to automatically dial and mask their calling number. Even if you did call the number back, there's a good chance that the same machine will just hang up on you.

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Chris McNally Apr 21, 2007, 04:09am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Identify a Phone Number?
I'm not about to call back, and say, "Hi, my name is Bobby. I believe someone tried to call me from this number. May I speak with them?"


Why not?

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Nathan Daniels Apr 21, 2007, 09:24am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Identify a Phone Number?
Chris McNally said:
I'm not about to call back, and say, "Hi, my name is Bobby. I believe someone tried to call me from this number. May I speak with them?"


Why not?


Because that would be pretty awkward if the person on the other line has no idea what you are talking about.

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phil Apr 21, 2007, 10:11am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Identify a Phone Number?
of course im in canada but i use:

http://411ca.whitepages.com/reverse_searches
(it's a full featured lookup page, that works for american numbers too)

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shuja rahman Apr 21, 2007, 11:02am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Identify a Phone Number?
Are you talking about mobile phone,,,,,,,or simple local phone..
For simple phone, just activate a service called "CLI", you'll get all the phone numbers that you did'nt receive or you had answer that....

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Apr 21, 2007, 12:13pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Identify a Phone Number?
Google Phonebook is good for listed residential numbers (at least in the US):
http://www.google.com/search?pb=r&q=123-456-7890

For cellphones it's a bit tricker. I used to know some site that would tell you the carrier, but f*** if I remember where ... I'll see if I can find it.

Victor Hackney Apr 21, 2007, 01:22pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Identify a Phone Number?
Hi! All
I notice that most of your replies relate to the USA Canada, and one From Pakistan. and probably most of the Phone companies differ from here in the UK and our Euopean Community.
Here regardless of whether it is Home Phone or Moblie, we dial 1471 for last caller number. And we receive an answer either one of two. The last calling number is x x x x xxxx etc dial 3 to connect, 0 to delete. or..... The last caller did not leave a return number.(these are usally mass marketing ploys.)
We still have mass dialing advertising companies (Illegal now in UK) but some persist, and if you answer them unknowingly, they note your number and your answer, and continue to dial you persistently from time to time, and if you reply, they try to selll you services with attractive deals and also ask you for your email address to spam you.which eventually in most cases are rip-offs.. Once you have verbally talked to them, they will continue to persist. The answer is to inform your Telephone Company, and they monitor and block any further ones from that particular company.which will be in their monitoring system.
This applies here in UK and I do not know exactly how they do it in your countries, but I am sure there must be a similar system. Many of these "COLD" calls as we call them,are clever and if you do make contact and answer they charge a extremly high rate whilst you are talking.
I think it is wise to check with your phone company, or you could end up with uneccessary phone bills.

Just a thought.

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Vitaliy (Administrator) Apr 21, 2007, 02:38pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Identify a Phone Number?
McFly said:
I used to know some site that would tell you the carrier


http://www.fonefinder.net will tell you the carrier based on phone number prefix, but it may not be completely accurate now that you can port numbers between carriers.

john albrich Apr 21, 2007, 03:45pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Identify a Phone Number?
whitepages, fonefinder, and this one

http://whocalled.us

Can help find some business and numbers from solicitors, including unlisteds, if they are in the database. The thing about this link is that you can read comments from other people that received calls from the number.


Another nice resource is:
https://www.donotcall.gov/default.aspx

The "do not call" registry.



edit to cut out phone number in one hyperlink

john albrich Apr 21, 2007, 03:52pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Identify a Phone Number?
Also, if you want to call someone back more or less anonymously, punch in *67 and it turns off caller-id for that one phone call.

You can also instruct your phone carrier to permanently suppress caller-id from your phone, and use a * code to turn it on for a single call (because some people won't accept calls without the caller-id being displayed)

Get detailed procedures and any limitations from your carrier.

One should also be aware there is a currently legal (as far as I know) device that "spoofs" caller-id data. That means that company "We want to sell you crap, Inc." can enter ANY caller-id number, names, etc. they want, including the number of your grandmother, and it will look like you are getting a phone call from that person.

Bitmap Apr 21, 2007, 04:47pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Identify a Phone Number?
It's a mobile phone, and a local one, and considering we only have Verizon here (T-Mobile and Cingular don't have coverage in my hole of a town. :~) I can safely say... it's a Verizon number.

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