How To Trace Any Phone Number in the World?

Missed Calls

According to the latest report from ITU (International Telecommunication Union) the worldwide mobile subscriber base stands at 4.1 billion (of which India accounts for almost 10% at 403.66 million at the end of April 2009) while fixed-line subscriber base at 1.27 billion. With dropping call rates and booming mobile telephony market we have to bear the burnt of getting lots of unwanted calls and missed calls.

Sometimes we cannot even identify which country the missed call is from (except of course the ones from our home country and a few others for which we know the international dialing code). Then how do we find it?

Centralized database

There is a centralized database which has the following details about almost every phone number in the world.

  1. Type of Number
  2. Country
  3. City / State / Exchange location
  4. Original Network Provider

1. Type of Number

This specifies whether the number is a Mobile number or a Landline/Fixed line referred as Geographic number. There is also a type of number called NonGeographic Number in countries like UK which is not linked to any specific location/city.

2. Country

It is the country the number originates from.

3. City / State / Exchange location

This gives the city and exchange location information for a fixed line phone and the zone or state for a mobile number.

4. Original Network Provider

This is the actual telecom company providing the service like Airtel, BSNL, Verizon, T-Mobile etc. But network provider listed here may not be the present network/service provider because Number Portability is not taken into account.

How can you use this service?

To use this service go to this page and enter the number in the international format.

  • <country code> <full phone number>

Eg. +12532532533 or +447010752752

For fixed line phones, enter as follows:

  • <country code> <STD or area code> <phone number>

Eg. +914422102210

where 91 is India’s country code, 44 area code for Chennai and 22102210 being the actual phone number. In India area codes are of varying length but the phone number together with the area code is always 10 digits for Indian numbers.

You can also use 00 instead of + .

The databases are updated quite frequently, last time the databases were updated on 11th May 2009. Next update is expected during first week of June 2009. You can also purchase a license to access the entire database for about €55 per month. The databases are available in CSV format (comma delimited strings) as well as in TXT format (tab delimited values).

Click here to download a sample of the database in CSVformat.

How about Real Time Location Tracking?

By realtime location i mean where the mobile subscriber is at that particular moment of time. We can only know the realtime location of a mobile subscriber by reading the VLR (Visitor Location Register) or HLR(Home Location Register) database maintained by the network operators’  MSC (Mobile Switching Center) for each mobile subscriber. This is not possible as of now  (at least in India) and i doubt its availabilty in future too due to security/privacy concerns.

There are many websites claiming to give access to the owner information on paying a few dollars, but i don’t know if even they can provide realtime location of a mobile subscriber. If someone has used such services, please share your experiences. Let alone location, we cannot even know the name of the person on whose name the mobile number is registered.

Note 1 : Enter 5 or more digits(excluding county code) to get all the available details in many cases.

Note 2 : After doing a certain number of  queries/analysis in one session, the site does not allow you to continue your analysis, in that case just end the session and restart a new one or you can register a free account here which allows you to do almost unlimited number of analysis.

Links: Numbering Plans – Phone Number Analysis | Create a Free Account


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89 Replies to “How To Trace Any Phone Number in the World?”

      1. its very easy. you can try it in way2sms.com also. just make an accout there of your own phone number. after that you will recieve ur password at that number. now using ur pasword n user name, login in way2sms.com now put the number of which you want to find location in the number location box. it will show you the location wher the number is registered(state+city/town+place). but not the xact place where the user is as it has been told by Mr. Prasannan also earlier.
        i hope it will help you.

  1. @ss
    You can’t get personal details of any mobile user.
    If you read the above post carefully, you can see that city/exchange location can only be found for a Fixedline/landline number, for a mobile number you can only find the zone/region/state. For eg, in India each metropolitans is a zone and each state is a zone.(For eg,Take TamilNadu, except chennai which is a seperate zone, the rest are one zone).Also since northeastern states are very small and less subscriber base, its simply called northeastern zone.

    1. I think its not possible.. If u want to know the personal information means first FIR that number nearby poice station whether they tourcher u.Then go to the nearest customer care office and ask the detail with a FIR photocopy. I think now you can get the personal information about that number

    2. dear friend i read your comment the same problem for me i want to know the detail about idea no.

      please tell me the solution if u have.

      thanking for
      harsh

  2. i want to the method of hearing all the incoming and outgoing calls of a given number, is it possible, if possible, how?

  3. Hi i want to find out a mobile number in india how should i go about it do i have to pay to get one number. I have got the name of the person i want to find. Please help…

    1. Dear sir,
      i want to find out a mobile number in india how should i go about it do i have to pay to get one number. I have got the name of the person i want to find. Please help…

    2. Dear sir,
      i want to find out a mobile number in india how should i go about it do i have to pay to get one number. I have got the name of the person i want to find. Please help…

  4. can i known the personal information of any mobile no? its very important for me pls let me know ……

  5. hi this is prakash. ur idea is good but i want know the owner name of that mobile number and complet details. is it possible if possible send me the process to my mail. my mail id is [email protected]

  6. hey i wnt to know name and address from a mobile number pls help send mail to king320301[at]gmail.com

    1. did you find the way to trace the exact location of a mobile no..
      can you please share it with me…

      Thank you.

  7. hai,i have friend,their mobile not working,i guessing he lossed his mobile, so i think he taken another mobile,but i dont know his number,how to get his number.i know his full name

  8. i want to that Is there any software by which we can find the exact location of a particular no.?
    if yes, then which one & how can we u it?

    plz rply………as soon as possible…….

    1. have u find any good software to trace the location of a mobile no.

      Please also tell me.

      Thank you.

  9. hi buddy

    is this possible to trace the address of a person with the help of combination ip address and cellphone no ??

    one more question

    is there a way to use google lattitude to trace down location .. if the other person is not using it ??

    waitin for a reply ..

  10. hi,
    can anyone help me in finding the details of a phone number (incomming & outgoing detais). pl help me in in this regard its very issue for me. please help me

  11. The link and information given is useful to me.
    Thanks for that.
    But the post by Mr. Sandeep Das, in which it’s suggested to go thru way2sms ….can only show state and provider…. not the location, city or place of registration. It’ll always show the same location everytime if the mobile number belongs to that state.
    If I can know how to find the location then please inform me bcause it’s not about tracing but also stop some funny guys who thinks no one catch him ever.

    Thanks again.

  12. Hi!I want you to inform u that a person is calling me day and night and i want to find from where that crook is calling.I want to get his name and address.Please help me

  13. Dear sir/mam
    Pls reply me how can i find the name and address by mobile no. & how cn i track it. Pls reply me as soon sa posible 4 u

    Thanks

  14. its good, atleast we come 2 know d location but as per all comments over here we need all d details of that modile number if possible then upload it fast its emmergency

  15. hi,i wanna find the address of the mobile number. Bcoz i’ve received many anonymous calls from different peoples. How can i find the address………..? Please help me

  16. Hi

    Will you help me, can I find the detail i.e. name & address & country by feeding the mobile number. please reply me as soon as possible – Thanksssssssss

  17. HI,
    Is it possible to trace out the user details (contact details)of this airtel number. He is disturbing me like anything.
    Number is 8826644292.

    Regards,

    Krishan Chaudhary

  18. hi.. how to get information about sms and calls of another docomo number without evn informing them… its urgent. i want to knw the details of other docomo no… plzzzzz help. thanks.

  19. This is not possible pooja. Only that network operator can do this but they will not do this bec customer privacy

  20. sir i want make a software to trace the any phone no for my college project pls guide about the tracing system

  21. i tried to find location of numbers from way2sms but i got the same location of different mobile numbers……….why so?????????

  22. Dear sir/mam
    Pls reply me how can i find the name and address by mobile no. & how cn i track it. Pls reply me as soon sa posible 4 u
    Thanks

  23. Dear sir/mam
    Pls reply me how can i find the name and address by mobile no. & how cn i track it. Pls reply me as soon sa posible 4 u
    Thanks

  24. how to know about the mobile number location at present using internet…. i need to know the answer very soon …its an emergency..pls help me in this regard

  25. sir, i know the persons name addresses and present location….will u plz tell me how can i find his phone number….?

    1. Pls reply me how can i find the name and address by mobile no. & how cn i track it. Pls reply me as soon sa posible 4 u
      Thanks

  26. Hi, I lost my mobile phone few days back but now some one using that mobile, bcoz now m getting tracker msg from my mobile that no belongs to kerala vodafone, is there any +ve way to get the city/exact place details, cops are not helping properly bcoz mobile cost is 6,000 they wont understand our feelings so please help me help me help me am saying its bottom of my heart. Thanks you, J P, Kodagu, Karnataka

  27. Can any one tell me how to find mobile number of a person by giving his name and address or either of the one.
    OR
    How to find the mobile number of a person by giving last 3 digits of his mobile number.

    Thanks,
    Madhu

  28. hi.. how to get information about sms and calls of another Airtel number without evn informing them… its urgent. i want to knw the details of other Airtel no… plzzzzz help. thanks.

  29. hai guys, i have got last five digit no. 69334, where as i could not trace first five actual digits. plz help us. i and my friend need very urgenthelp

  30. +27 71 803 2445
    can u find and provide the correct details about this telephone number. This phone have correct address or not.

  31. Hi I m getting calls from these 4-5 nos at odd times…can anyone help??
    +4491651
    +8891749
    +541100
    966599292086

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