How to Find an Ex Directory Telephone Number

by Stephanie Ellen

An ex-directory, or unlisted phone number, is a number that doesn't appear in the phone directory. This is usually because the owner of the phone number has chosen not to appear in the directory; they may have been required to pay a fee to remain anonymous. If you want to contact someone who has an ex-directory number, you'll want to employ a little detective work in uncovering the telephone number.

Step 1

Use a search engine to look for the person's name. Sometimes an unlisted phone number will find its way into one of the online phone directories.

Step 2

Gather information about the person you are trying to find a phone number for. For example, schools attended, street address, friends and relatives names.

Step 3

Contact the person's friends and relatives and ask them for the phone number.

Step 4

Search social networking sites like Facebook, MySpace or Classmates for the person (or their friends and relatives).

Pay for a phone number search service. There are many sites to choose from, including People Finders and Intellius, who will perform a free search but you'll have to pay to get the actual number (which may be a listed number) . In the United Kingdom, try Telephone Number Search: they charge a fee of £4.99 and up (as of July 2010) for a single search.


  • The more information you have about a person, the more likely you are to be able to find their number. For example, if you are looking for a woman and you know she has remarried, you may be able to find her number under her married name.

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