The days when everyone had their home phone number listed in the local phone book are long gone. With the increasing popularity of mobile phones, the decreasing use of land lines and increasing concerns about privacy, it has become more and more difficult to locate phone numbers for individuals. However, there are still some ways to track down a phone number you may have lost or need for a business transaction.
The phone book is only one kind of directory. Depending on whose phone number you are looking forl, you may be able to find it by searching the directory or membership information list for a group you both belong to.
You may be able to find the phone number of a colleague or business associate by checking out employee directories. You may be able locate the unlisted phone numbers of college friends by going through your college's alumni directory.
In some cases, you may be able to get an unlisted phone number from a person's employer or by calling the person's employer and asking to be put through to her.
Social networking websites can be a source of all kinds of information. Some people list their personal phone numbers and other contact information on their homepages. You may also be able to send them a personal message and request their phone number.
Use a Number Lookup Website
If you are determined to locate an unlisted phone number, you can consult a website that provides unlisted phone numbers. There are a wide variety of websites that offer this service for a fee (see Resources).
Be sure to thoroughly research all websites before providing your credit card or personal identification information.