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New York Phone Number Search

What is a New York Phone Number Search?

A New York phone number search is also known as “reverse phone number lookup” or “phone number lookup” is a service used to retrieve certain personal information about a caller. Through a New York phone number search, the identity of callers can be revealed to state residents. A phone number search is especially handy where the individual needs to identify spam callers, phone scams or monitor data transmission (during criminal investigations).

Depending on an inquirer’s preference, there are several ways to initiate a New York phone number search as number lookup services are provided by different private companies. These lookup services are typically offered as web-based lookup tools or mobile applications. Additionally, many New York phone lookup services are free to use and others require a subscription-based or one-time-based payment. Information about a subscriber made accessible to an inquirer through a phone number search includes their name, age, location, and address. Some lookup services take it further by providing map data of the number origin based on the number’s area code and prefix code. Others provide a list of the most frequently blocked New York numbers. The best reverse phone lookup search services are multi-pronged in their approach.

What is a New York Phone Number?

A New York phone number is a sequence of digits that can be entered or dialed to contact a business or an individual’s phone. A phone number is assigned to an individual or business when they sign up for a network service provider. When a customer successfully registers with a network service provider, a phone number is selected at random from a pool of available numbers and is assigned to the customer.

In New York, a phone number is made up of three distinct parts namely the one (1) digit country code, a three (3) digit area code, and a seven (7) digit telephone number which totals 11 digits.

Each county has a unique country code, for the U.S this code is +1 and it applies to every state in the county including New york. Areas codes are of two types; local and toll-free. Numbers like 800, 844, 855, 866, 877, and 888 are considered toll-free numbers. New York is the fourth-largest state in the US and due to its high population, the state hosts a variety of area codes including 212, 917, 718, and 646. In total, the state has 19 area codes which are reflected in different New York phone numbers. Generally, an area code represents a phone number’s affiliation to a particular geographic location such as a city.

The last seven digits of a phone number can be divided into two parts; the central office code (first three digits) and the subscriber numbers (the last four digits). Central office codes are also known as prefixes, exchanges, or NXXs (prefixes). A phone number central office code is a three digits code signed to local service providers by the North American Numbering Plan Administrator (NANPA). A central office code identifies a specific local service provider’s central office within an area code. A subscriber’s number, on the other hand, is a four-digit number used to recognize a particular subscriber.

Furthermore, businesses may opt to substitute their subscriber number for a word, phrase, or acronym. These types of numbers are referred to as “vanity numbers” and they are used for easy recollection and to promote business brands. An example of such a number is 1-210-UNIQUE.

The general format for a New York phone number is (NXX) NXX-XXXX). “N” denotes numbers ranging from 2 through 9 while X can be any number from 0 to 9. It should be noted that (the county’s code) may be committed when making local calls. However, international calls would require the full 11 digits of a phone number.

What is a New York Reverse Phone Number Lookup?

The term “reverse phone number lookup” and “phone number search” are used interchangeably to describe services used to retrieve certain information about a phone number subscriber.

A New York reverse phone number lookup service is typically utilized by state residents to authenticate the identity of a phone number subscriber thereby determining the importance of a call. With reverse phone number lookup services, state residents can differentiate between necessary and unnecessary calls or texts they receive from an unknown number. A reverse phone number lookup service is especially useful when individuals write down or store phone numbers without a name or any means of identification.

Phone number lookup services are not limited to New York-based phone numbers, A New York reverse phone number lookup specializes mainly in New York numbers. As implied, a reverse phone number lookup is not a means by which phone numbers are obtained. Rather, these services are used to find information on an already known number.

What Information is Included In a Reverse Phone Lookup?

Most free reverse phone lookup services provide basic information about a phone number owner such as their cell phone carrier, line type (mobile or landline), phone location (city and state), and the first letter of their name. Unlike free reverse phone lookup services, the paid options generally provided more details such as a caller's:

  • Full name
  • Address history
  • Phone number spam score
  • Photograph
  • Family members
  • Social media and dating profiles
  • Current phone location

How to Conduct a New York Phone Number Lookup

A reverse phone lookup service can be used to look up and identify an unknown phone subscriber.

To access these services, an inquirer would need a device (laptop, tablet, or mobile phone) and a stable internet connection. Additionally, phone number lookup services that are subscription-based would require forms of payment such as credit cards and debit cards among others.

To select the best reverse phone lookup service, inquirers are advised to choose those that are regularly updated and user-friendly. An inquirer’s choice should also be based on the level of information they wish to access. Some lookup services provide basic information about phone subscribers such as their name and address while others are more detailed information including subscribers’ contact information, location, family members, estimated income, property ownership, and timezone. Keep in mind that some lookup services may not support New York numbers when making a selection.

Regardless of an inquirer's preferred phone number lookup service provider, the steps to lookup a New York phone number are relatively similar:

  • Open the lookup website or download the app
  • Input the unknown number in the website’s or app search input field and press the enter button
  • Preview relevant information.

Can Others Find Me By My Phone Number in New York?

Yes. In New York, with a cell phone number, an inquirer can find certain information about its owner by performing reverse phone number searches. This information may include their name and address. All an inquirer needs to lookup a cell phone number is a stable internet connection, a device (phone, tablet, or laptop), and a New York phone lookup software (mobile application or web-based tools).

Can I Get a Free Reverse Phone Lookup Service in New York?

Yes. Free reverse phone lookup services are non-subscription-based services that are accessible to the general public. However, these free options are not without their limitations. Inquirers are typically limited in the information they can receive about a phone number’s owner. As stated earlier, most lookup services may only provide the first letter of the phone number owner’s name and other general information. Others may limit the amount of searches inquirers can make.

However, this is not to imply that paid lookup services are the only solution to this problem and that all free services are scams. Some free reverse phone lookup services are known for providing relevant but limited information that is significantly useful. One must do their research before selecting a reverse phone lookup service. Established online review sites can be used to vet the authenticity of services before use. Although not advertised as reverse phone lookup services, popular search engines may also be used to lookup an unknown number. People generally attach their cell phone numbers to their online presence such as on social media. Others may have personal/business sites listing their phone numbers. Searchers may also conduct a free phone number lookup by name depending on the service.

What is a Reverse Phone Directory in New York?

A New York reverse phone directory is an online listing of phone numbers and their associated subscribers’ details. Different law enforcement agencies and emergency services use reverse phone directories to pinpoint the origin of emergency calls to offer assistance.

Unlike traditional phone directories, queries are made through reverse phone directories by simply providing a cell phone number rather than names or addresses. Using a reserve phone directory, a caller’s phone number is quired to reveal numerous details about the caller including their current location.

There are two different types of reverse phone directories: public and private. Public directories (also known as listed directories) may be accessed and queried by the general public. Private directories (unlisted directories) access on the other hand is restricted to certain government and private agencies.

How to Find a Person in New York

There are numerous ways one may find a person in New York. The way an inquirer may choose to look up an individual depends on several factors, including information about a person an inquirer has (such as cell phone numbers, name, or address) and their current circumstance (if they are incarcerated).

One of the easiest ways to find a person in New York is to query their address or name on any online lookup tool or mobile application. Alternatively, an individual's phone number may be queried using reverse phone lookup services. Either way would result in personal indefinable information about an individual being disclosed to an inquirer.

If a person is currently incarcerated in New York, the Department of Correction may be contacted on their toll-free 24-hour hotline service at (888) 846-3469. The DOC inmate lookup portal may also be used to find inmates in New York. Additionally, county clerks may be contacted to find persons currently in at a county’s central booking.

For persons who were or are currently employed in New York, the Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) may be connected to find a New York employee. However, an inquirer would need to provide the individual social security number to inquire with the DCAS. Furthermore, the human resource department at an individual place of work may also be contacted to find an employee.

Third-Party Phone Search Services in New York

Numerous third-party companies specialize in collecting and disseminating public information about phone number owners. With third-party phone search services, inquirers are provided means by which they can look up and obtain information about a phone number owner.

Interestingly, third-party phone search services are either free to use or subscription-based. Free-to-use services typically provide basic information about a phone number owner while paid services provide more descriptive information which may include their public records. These public records may include an individual's traffic records, and criminal records amongst others as defined in New York’s Freedom of Information Law (“FOIL”) Article 6 (Sections 84-90). Some paid third-party phone search services bait inquirers with basic information about a phone number owner, and other information is blurred out behind a paywall. For this information to be unblurred and subsequently disclosed to an inquirer, they would need to pay a fee. These fees may be renewed monthly, and prices typically vary by service providers.

What is a New York Phone Number Area Code?

New York phone number area codes are telephone numbering plans by the North American Numbering Plan that is used to divide the state into 12 geographical areas. The state of New York currently has a total of 19 area codes also referred to as numbering plan area (NPA) codes.

A New York area code is a three-digit number that identifies a particular geographical area in which the state is divided into. An area code is the first three digits that precede a caller's phone number. For example, the “(NXX)” in an (NXX) NXX-XXXX phone number.

There are two types of area codes in New York namely; local and toll-free. The federal communication commission defines toll-free numbers as phone numbers that can be dialed from landlines with no charge to the caller. However, when toll-free numbers are dialed from a mobile phone, they may carry airtime charges. Toll-free numbers are commonly used by businesses for customer service and long-distance calls. Toll-free numbers generally begin with 800, 888, 877, 866, 855, 844, and 833.

Meanwhile, local area codes are used to recognize and distinguish different cities and regions in New York. with a total of 19 area codes, New York has the third-highest number of area codes in the country. The Department of Public Service New York state area codes map can be used to review all area code that currently applies to the state.

It is worth mentioning that, per directives from the Public Service Commission of New York, since February 11, 2017, state residents within the existing 315 area code are mandated to dial ten digits when making a local phone call. This mandate is a result of the new 680 area code that was introduced within March of the same year. As a result, state residents in the 315/680 area codes must dial 10 digits (three area codes + seven-digit local telephone number) for local calls within the same area code. Furthermore, calls to other regions (areas code) would require 11 digits (1 + 10 digits).

How to Lookup A VoIP Number in New York

Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) numbers are numbers assigned to an individual when they sign up for a VoIP service. Much like a traditional phone number VoIP numbers may be dialed to make a call. However, unlike traditional phone numbers, a VoIP number does not require a phone carrier to make calls or send messages rather it makes use of an internet connection. VoIP numbers are not also limited to a single device, as they are not attached to a physical sim; instead, VoIP numbers are virtually stored and can be used through different internet-able devices.

Some benefits of using VoIP numbers rather than traditional cell phone number includes Increased accessibility and portability. The advantages of VoIP numbers have led to a widespread adaptation to its use, making the likelihood of one receiving calls or messages from an unknown VoIP number high. As such, there are several ways a VoIP number may be looked up to reveal a caller's identity:

  • Inquire through VoIP service providers
  • Packet analyzers
  • Reverse number lookup services (explained above)

Inquiring through VoIP service providers: when an individual registers for a VoIP number, the VoIP service provider takes down some of their details. VoIP service providers may be approached to look up a VoIP number. However, an inquirer may be required to have a registered account with the VoIP service provider to make a VoIP number lookup request. Additionally, inquirers must also provide the caller ID and the timeframe they received the call to lookup a VoIP number with its service provider.

Nevertheless, this method of looking up VoIP numbers is not without its limitations as caller ID can be faked. This makes VoIP numbers with fake caller IDs almost impossible to track. Fortunately, an inquirer may request a CNAM lookup and provide a reason for their request to look up a VoIP number caller ID name which is hardly ever forged. If an inquirer is denied their lookup request, they can alternatively perform a search with other online lookup services which requires a certain level of technical expertise.

Using packet analyzer: with the use of a session initiation protocol (SIP) softphone or hardphone and a packet analyzer, inquirers can trace a VoIP number when connected to a proxy or server.

For softphones: an inquirer would have to install a packet analyzer on their device. In doing so, a SIP filter can be applied to calls they receive. The SIP filter can be applied by selecting the “FROM” field on the invite packet option. This would display the IP details of a call origin.

For headphones: the packet analyzer on one's local router or server can be used to filter hardphone IP and SIP. With access to an Internet service provider (ITSP) server, one can download a secure shell (SSH) client and run a trace command to trace VoIP numbers.

Phone Number Searches With Data Action Integration

As defined by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), “data action” are system operations that process personally identifiable information (PII). Data action integration can be applied to customer relationship management (CRM) which is a business strategy devised to increase profitability, reduce cost, and foster customer loyalty.

CRM (otherwise known as customer service software) is geared toward creating a better customer experience by helping businesses track and manage customer interactions through different communication channels.

Through services such as mobile support, live chats, messaging, and video chat amongst others, CRM is used by businesses to provide tailored responses to each customer. Data action can be integrated with these services to let users trigger targeted action, bring out data, and perform several other functions. For example, given how large CRM databases typically are, data integration can help administrators search through these databases to find customers by stored criteria such as their phone numbers.