How do I Find the Origin of a Phone Number?

By Julie Saccone

In today's fast-paced world, taking time to connect with family and friends by phone is important. Unwanted telephone calls from individuals or telemarketing companies can be a nuisance. Luckily, new Web-based tools and telephone provider services eliminate the hassle of unwanted calls, and provide peace of mind by identifying callers and call types.

Things You'll Need

  • Telephone
  • Computer
  • Pen
  • Paper

*69

Step 1

Lift your telephone handset and listen for a dial tone.

Step 2

Dial *69 on your telephone receiver keypad or 1169 on a rotary phone. The service, known as call return or last call return, will automatically dial the last number that called your line. In some states, a voice message will provide the phone number, date and time of the last call received on your line.

Step 3

Write down the telephone number on a piece of paper.

Step 4

Open your Internet browser and go to Telewho.com. The site allows you to input a land line or cell phone number to find corresponding information.

Step 5

Click "Search" and enter the phone number. This will open up a new window that provides the name of the person, address, city, carrier and whether the call was placed using a land line or cell phone.

Caller ID

Step 1

Lift your telephone handset or view the base of your telephone and record the number that is displayed. Caller ID devices can provide either a phone number or a phone number and name.

Step 2

Record the information on a piece of paper.

Step 3

Open your Internet browser and go to Telewho.com. The site allows you to input a land line or cell phone number to identify the caller.

Step 4

Click "Search" and enter the phone number. This will open up a new window that provides the name of the person, address, city, carrier and whether the call was placed using a land line or cell phone.

Tips & Warnings

  • Keep a pen and paper by your telephone to record telephone numbers from unwanted callers.
  • Dial *89 on your phone or 1189 on a rotary phone to cancel *69.
  • *69 is available only on calls from a land line and some long-distance calls. It will not provide phone numbers from cell phones or blocked numbers.
  • Users will be charged a fee each time *69 is used. Rates vary by state and may include a long-distance rate if the service is used to return a long-distance call.
  • Caller ID does not provide the name or phone number of blocked or private calls.