How to Locate a Company by the Phone Number

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Use a phone reverse look-up tool on the Web to find a company's location.
Use a phone reverse look-up tool on the Web to find a company's location. (Image: Jessica Boone/Photodisc/Getty Images)

So you want to know where a company is located but all you have is the company’s phone number to go on. The simplest way to get the company’s address under these circumstances is to simply call them and ask them for their address. If for some reason this is not an option, try using one of the many reverse phone number look-up tools available on the Web. Or you could also try dissecting the company’s phone number for clues as to its location.

Things You'll Need

  • White Pages phone book
  • Internet Access
  • Telephone

Using the White Pages “Reverse Phone” Tool

Go to the White Pages “Reverse Phone” Web page (see the link in the Resources).

Enter the company’s phone number in the “Phone Number” box.

Press “Enter” or click “Find.” If the company is listed in the White Pages directory, the results returned will show the name of the company, its address, and (in some instances) some of the employees within the company.

Click on the company name to bring up a map of the company’s location. To enlarge the map, or to get directions to the company, click directly on the map.

Enter the street address of where you’re coming from in the “Start” box, if you wish to obtain directions. Then enter the city and state of the starting address in the “City, State, and Zip” box. You may also enter the zip code if you’d like, but this is purely optional. Click “Get Directions."

Dissecting the Phone Number for Clues

Determine which state the company phone number area code belongs to. You can look up this information in the introductory pages of the White Pages phone book. You can use one of the area code look-up tools offered in the Resources. Or you can call 4-1-1 and ask the operator. The “area code” makes up the first three digits of a ten-digit telephone number. For example, in the mock telephone number (508) 555-1234, “508” is the area code.

Look up the company phone number’s telephone prefix (also known as a “telephone exchange”) to determine what city or town the number originates from. If the company’s phone number originates from within your local calling area, you can look up this information in the introductory section of the White Pages phone book. If the number originates from outside of your local calling area, you can dial 4-1-1 and ask the operator. Or you can use the White Pages “Phone Number Browsing” tool offered in the Resources. In using this resource, click on the hundreds group the phone number’s area code belongs to. Click on the phone number’s area code. Scroll down the list of telephone prefixes until you find the one that belongs to the company’s phone number. Next to each prefix is the city / town the prefix is assigned to. The telephone prefix makes up the fourth, fifth, and sixth numbers of a ten-digit phone number. For example, in the mock telephone number (508) 555-1234, “555” is the telephone prefix.

Look up the company’s address. Now that you know the town and state where the company is located, if you also know the name of the company, you can find out the company’s full address using one of the “Find a Business” directories available online (see the Resources). Enter the company name in the “Business Name” box. Enter the city and state where it’s located in the appropriate box. Press “Enter.”

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