How to Search Verizon Wireless Cell Phone Numbers
By Steven Melendez
Updated September 13, 2017
Verizon Wireless doesn't allow you to search for the owner of a phone number on its own website. Instead, try a variety of other websites, including search engines such as Google and Bing, Whitepages and Facebook, to search for Verizon numbers or those from any other carrier.
If you are receiving harassing or threatening phone calls to a Verizon number, Verizon can also help trace those calls, turning the information over to law enforcement.
Use a Traditional Search Engine
If you're researching Verizon phone numbers or those from any other carrier, it's worth checking if those numbers are listed anywhere online. Even if you don't recognize a phone number, it might be listed on a public website if it belongs to a business or to someone who has a personal website.
Visit Google, type the phone number into the "Search" box and click "Google Search." See if any of the listings indicate the number's owner. It's worth trying several variations on the number if you don't see it at first. For instance, you might try searching for "(555) 555-5555" and for "555-555-5555," in case the number is listed in one way and not the other.
If Google doesn't have a listing for the number, try doing the same searches with Bing. The two engines sometimes store and index slightly different pages.
Whitepages is a phone number search engine. It's similar to, but not affiliated with, the traditional White Pages directories phone companies such as Verizon have long published. Since it's not connected with any particular carrier, this technique may work even if the number isn't a Verizon number or you're not sure which carrier issued it.
Visit Whitepages' reverse phone number search website, enter the phone number into the "Search" box and click the "Search" button.
Even if Whitepages doesn't have information on who owns the number, it may have other potentially useful information, like the city and state where the number is registered.
If a Facebook account registered with a particular phone number has privacy settings that are searchable, you can find that account by searching Facebook.
Visit Facebook, type the phone number into the "Search" box and click the "Search" button.
Handling Harassing and Threatening Calls
If you're receiving harassing or threatening calls to a Verizon phone, even if you're not sure if they're also made from a Verizon number, enlist Verizon's help in reporting them to law enforcement.
After receiving such a call, dial *57 to activate the call trace feature. The number will be traced, though the information will be released only to a law enforcement agency. Contact your local police or Verizon's security department for more information.
- If you are searching an unlisted Verizon number you will need to use a fee-based service such as Intelius.com, Spokeo.com, Peoplefinder.com or USSearch.com.
Steven Melendez is an independent journalist with a background in technology. He has an undergraduate degree in computer science and has written for a variety of publications and was awarded the Knight Foundation scholarship to Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.