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Used to be, I could log onto yellow pages (dot com), Switchboard, lookup, Standeyo, or gosh knows how many sites.
Type in name and town, and I'd have a bunch of ad and phone. Now days, about five clicks later we get to the sign up screen (one look up for eight bucks, month for twenty bucks and.....) and they want money.
Any free sites these days? Google is paid site, now, too.
- . Christopher A. Young Learn about Jesus www.lds.org .
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On 12/27/14 4:16 PM, Stormin Mormon wrote:

These still work for me
http://www.yellowpages.com/ http://www.yellowpages.com/whitepages http://www.dexknows.com/
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411.com and whitepages.com seem to work OK. Switchboard worked for me.... sort of. First it didn't find a name or a business I was looking for. Then when I tried it again it said I needed to solve a captcha. But the same searches worked on the other two sites. (Which is odd. I think whitepages.com and switchboard.com are the same company.)
My results may vary because I don't enable script, cookies, 3rd-party ads, or iframes. I just see a very plain page, with the returns on a similarly plain page.
I think it's gotten more difficult in general, though. Most cellphones are not listed. A lot of people with landlines now pay not to be listed in order to stop spammers/scammers.
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On 12/27/2014 4:44 PM, Mayayana wrote:

I tried 411, which would not give me the phone number, kept jumping to another page, which was paid site. Did you actually try these before sending them to the list?
IIRC white and switch are the same company, and they both are paid sites.
Did you actually read my request, or are you just sending me the paid sites I already tried?
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My problem is with REVERSE lookups. All the sites I've tried end up asking for money.
Fred
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On 12/27/14 5:59 PM, Fred McKenzie wrote:

http://www.yellowpages.com/reversephonelookup
works for most listed, non-cell numbers. Cell and unlisted, not so much.
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On 12/27/2014 5:59 PM, Fred McKenzie wrote:

Worked for me. Got name, address, age, relatives. Only asked for money for more information.
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On 12/27/2014 8:53 PM, Ed Pawlowski wrote:

I had the same result, which is why I posted here. Needed a phone number. Thanks for proving my point.
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On 12/27/2014 4:16 PM, Stormin Mormon wrote:

Don't seem to have this problem. Usually I just put persons name + phone into google to find it. Also use Zabasearch to get address and phone: http://www.zabasearch.com/ I see 6 Christopher A. Young's in NY and all phones listed.
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On 12/27/2014 7:29 PM, Frank wrote:

I did a search for my name and my number in Zabasearch and I wasn't found (I knew I was lost). Though, my name is fairly common, other results where found, but not me.
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On 12/27/2014 7:29 PM, Frank wrote:

This page didn't even list the guy I wanted, much less a phone number.
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I use http://wp.superpages.com/
I just went to 411.com and did a reverse lookup on my home phone. I got it no problem. Nothing asked me to pay. Now I do have lots of blocking addons.
Don. www.donwiss.com (e-mail link at home page bottom).
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On 12/27/2014 7:32 PM, Don Wiss wrote:

As I did with Zabasearch, I also did with Superpages and searched for my name and number with no direct results of me.
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On 12/27/2014 06:32 PM, Don Wiss wrote:

I use yellowpages.com and don't have a problem with that (looking up my home phone number). I also tried the number from where I lived 38 years ago, and got a result.
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| IIRC white and switch are the same company, and they | both are paid sites. | | Did you actually read my request, or are you just | sending me the paid sites I already tried?
Why would you think that? I just described my results. Two out of three responders are telling you that we don't get asked to pay. Before you just assume we're idiots wouldn't it make sense to look into it?
I don't see ads and I don't see anything asking for money. I'm guessing, assuming that you don't have some sort of malware trying to scam you, that the difference is probably related to cookies and/or script. (For instance, you may be allowing a permanent cookie that's identifying you as a multiple repeat visitor. That's how the NYT works. If you allow session cookies at the NYT you can read as much as you like. The cookie is deleted when you close your browser, which restarts the count of allowed articles. If you allow no cookies you can't read anything. If you allow permanent cookies you can only read something like 20 articles per month.)
You might experiment with disabling script and cookies, perhaps in a secondary browser. If you normally enable them you should also know that you're allowing extensive spying and accepting a great deal of risk. Nearly all online attacks require script. (Even the common attacks using Flash or Java usually also require script.) I normally use Firefox with medium restrictions and the NoScript extension when I *really* have to enable script and interaction. For other sites I use Pale Moon, disabling all of it and blocking 3rd-party files. I don't have Flash or Java installed in the first place. Most sites work fine that way.
A quick look at switchboard.com shows ads from Amazon, OpenX, Yieldmanager and Google, tracking from Google, Scorecardresearch and Quantcast, as well as at least one cookie being set. And that's just the first level of sleaze. It's hard to know how many other players are getting in on the action. Just using a decent HOSTS file would save you from all of that junk. ....On the other hand, aren't you the guy who likes to celebrate capitalism, which you define as an Edenic state of affairs where companies all provide wonderful products at the lowest possible price. In that case, wouldn't you really prefer to pay up rather than act like a scummy socialist? :)
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| Also use Zabasearch to get address and phone: | http://www.zabasearch.com/
Thanks. That looks good. I'd never heard of it before.
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I looked up someone with only a first initial and last name in Swtichboard. One listing had name (just first intial), no address, no age, no previous addrress, no known asscociations, but it did have his phone number, for free.
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wrote:

I thought 411 and switchboard were the same company! 411 tightened up on what they gave for free a month or three before swtichboard did.

Cellphones never were, were they?
They said a few years ago that someone was going to make a cell phone directory, but I don't think it happened. I'll bet too few people agreed to cooperate.

No need to pay. 31 years ago when I moved here, I let myself be listed but for an address I put in the suburb with a name that is 3 or 4 blocks from me, so people would know what general area I lived in. I must have been the first peson to do something like this, because when I got my first bill, the window envelope was addressed to me and that suburb name, no street address, and it had been returned to them, and they had had to put in an plain white hand-addressed envelope.

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i use that bur ftr, twice in the past 2 weeks, I've found three people on zabasearch who weren't on switchboard, and three people on switchboard who weren't on zabasearch.
That neither had as much as the other surprised me.
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I know how to find you. You're the one in the Sluggo comic strip with the yellow and black striped knitted shirt
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