How to Identify a Phone Number in the United Kingdom

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How to Identify a Phone Number in the United Kingdom
Identify a phone number in the United Kingdom. (Cell phone image by Elzbieta Sekowska from

Most of the phone calls you receive on a daily basis are from friends, family or business contacts that you know. Sometimes, you receive a phone call from a number you that you may have never seen before. Landline numbers for United Kingdom numbers are displayed in the White Pages and can be searched. Cell phones are a bit trickier, as the cell phone carrier is not legally allowed to give out contact information for a cell phone. In this case, you might need to hire a private investigator or company to dig into the identity of the cell.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Re-dial the number and ask the dialer for information. For prepaid numbers this is the only way to discover the identity of the caller.

  2. 2

    Enter the number in an online search engine and see if any information pops up. If you do not recognise the number and they are calling repeatedly, it might be a telemarketer. There are phone number websites devoted to discovering the identity of these numbers

  3. 3

    Enter the number in a phone code locator to discover the location of the number. UK Phone Info offers a free online service for this.

  4. 4

    Go to the UK white pages and look up the number in the directory. The local phone code will help narrow down your search.

  5. 5

    Use an online reverse phone look up directory. Enter in the number online and perform a search. Most of these services cost a small fee to display the contact name and details.

Tips and warnings

  • You cannot identify prepaid cell phones, nor can the phone company.

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