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New York Reverse Phone Lookup

A reverse phone number search or phone number lookup involves searching and identifying the subscriber registered to a phone number. The most common reason to conduct a phone number search is to discover details about the person using a particular phone number, most often on suspicion of fraud or other illicit activities. You can also look up an unknown phone number or a spam call in order to discover the identity of a strange caller.

What are New York Phone Numbers?

The larger percentage of New Yorkers use and own mobile phones or smartphones. According to a Politico report, there are 96% mobile phone users and 80% smartphones users in the state. These figures signal a huge shift from landline phone usage and ownership. As it stands today, landline phones are more commonly used by businesses than home users. In fact, just a little above 5% of New Yorkers still own and use landlines exclusively, and most of them are elderly homeowners.

Early results from the July - December 2017 National Health Interview Survey (on household wireless substitution) show that 53.9% households have substituted landlines with wireless phones in America. In 2014, 42.7%  households had both landline and wireless phones, while a paltry 8.4% had only landlines. By December 2017, these figures had reduced to 36.9% and 5.8% respectively. Presently, in a more recent survey by NHIS, conducted by the U.S Center for Disease Control and Prevention, only 2.9% of New Yorkers still use landlines. These figures clearly indicate that wireless phone usage (cell phones, smartphones etc.) has taken center stage in the state.

Four major telecommunication companies serve New York State. These are AT&T, Sprint, Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile. Each of them provide 100% network coverage across the 47.126 square miles of New York, except Verizon Wireless which has 93.44% coverage.

Aside from wireless phone carriers, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service providers have also gained prominence among New Yorkers. Since 2009, VoIP subscriptions have experienced a yearly increase of 14%, and by 2017, total subscriptions had reached 1 billion.

The advantages of VoIP services, such as cost-effectiveness, convenience, and improved efficiency, are responsible for the tremendous increase in the number of users.

Can I Search a Phone Number and Find Out Who It Is?

Absolutely! You can use reverse phone lookup services to identify owners of unknown numbers. This is possible because carriers require subscribers to submit their bio-data information when registering new numbers. Information provided include subscribers’ names, and contact addresses. These details are stored in carrier databases accessible by phone lookup services. They are public records and, therefore, accessible to anyone interested in identifying callers using those numbers.

However, it is becoming more difficult to answer the question "who is this number registered to" because phone scammers have now perfected the ability to spoof their phone numbers and have them appear as familiar numbers at receivers’ end.

Is there a Free Way to Lookup Someone’s Phone Number?

Yes. There are various ways to do a free phone lookup on someone’s number. Phone records, phone books and phone directories are the most popular and accessible tools available for phone number search free of charge. The downside is that there are restrictions to the volume of data that such free services can provide. They may also not be able to search for some types of phone numbers. Where the search is for a landline phone number, the owner’s basic contact information can be accessed for free.

However, this is not always the case with cell phone numbers. For information retrieval on cell phone numbers such as the user's bio-data, address and location of call, subscribing to a premium service is often the best option. Therefore, paid reverse phone lookup services can search a lot more phone numbers than free options and provide more information about these numbers. These paid services may require one-time fees or monthly or yearly subscriptions.

What are Phone Lookup Services?

Phone lookup services are online tools for discovering subscribers registered to unknown numbers. The rapid growth in mobile phone usage has led to sharp increases in incidences of frauds and scams. Phone lookup services help phone users identify and evade scammers reaching them by phone.

Today, reverse phone search makes it possible to confirm if a phone number has been flagged as suspicious, confirmed as a scammer’s number, or has a history of voice phishing or spam calls. Adding your phone number to the national or state Do Not Call Registry is another way to curb spam calls and robocalls. Even then, scammers are finding new ways to get around phone security features by masking their phone numbers. A list of scams common in New York includes: credit card details scams, social security number scams, debt collector scams, IRS scams, loan scams, fake charities, free trial offer scams, warrant scams, medical scams, emergency scams, insurance scams, lottery scams, tech support scams among others.

To avoid these scams, it is necessary to know how scammers use fake phone numbers, prefix codes, VoIP, area codes and subscriber’s information to run their cons. Knowing scammers’ tricks and tactics will help phone users recognise and avoid them.

Yes. While New York does not have specific legislations governing phone lookup service providers, reverse phone searches are legal in the United States. Identifying an unknown caller using reverse phone number search does not constitute an invasion of their privacy. This is because the details returned by lookup searches are public records that are available to anyone. Reverse phone lookup services only make these pieces of information easier to access.

With phone lookup services, one can identify an unknown caller by name. Besides the full name of the individual registered to an unknown number, it is also possible to obtain the follow details about the caller:

  • Address, including city and state of residence
  • Age
  • Gender

Some reverse phone lookup services, especially the paid ones, can also pull up publicly available criminal records of the individuals searched. Most also allow users to conduct reverse phone number search by name and address.

What is a VoIP Number?

A VoIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) is a virtual phone number that is assigned to an individual, not a phone line, for making calls over the internet. VoIP requires internet connection for calls and can be used on cell phones, smartphones, landline phones, tablets, computers, and other voice/internet-enabled communication devices.

VoIP numbers are markedly different from regular phone numbers in various ways. First, area codes are not needed to make calls with a VoIP number since the service does not require location data to connect users. By using the internet, local, national, and international calls are all the same with VoIP. Furthermore, unlike landline numbers that can only be used on a single device at time, a single VoIP number can be used across multiple devices.

All the unique features of VoIP, including its affordability, convenience and flexibility, also make it appealing to scammers. For example, because VoIP numbers are assigned to single individuals and not phone lines, there's no traditional location data to locate callers. Even tracing callers using their IP addresses is not an infallible method of tracing scammers calling with VoIP numbers. Therefore, scammers from anywhere in the world can obtain New York numbers and make their VoIP calls appear local. A VoIP Fraud Analysis report carried out in 2015 showed that frauds perpetrated via VoIP numbers cost consumers over $46 billion dollars worldwide.

Therefore, phone users must be more vigilant when receiving calls especially from unidentified or suspicious numbers. They can follow the steps provided by the Federal Trade Commission for blocking unwanted calls.

What is a New York Phone Number Area Code?

In the US, area codes are controlled by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). They are designed to identify geographic regions such as counties, cities, and different parts of the states. Area codes are assigned to each state by The North American Numbering Plan Administration (NANPA) which is under the administration of the FCC. Each state has the jurisdiction to make decisions concerning area codes within her boundaries.

In New York, it is the duty of the public service commission to notify the public of new area codes. The New York Public Service Commission provides the Map of New York Area Codes.

Knowing New York area codes and the regions assigned to them can help you tell local calls from out-of-state and international ones. Learning these codes can also help you know where calls originate and know when an unknown caller is lying about their location. This can help you discover a scammer calling with a spoofed number or impersonating someone else.

What is a New York Phone Number Prefix Code?

A prefix code is the set of three digits that occurs in a phone number after the area code. Its primary function is to further narrow down the location of the phone number to a specific locale such as a municipal, town, or city. It succeeds the area code which serves as an identifier for a region in the state.

Consider the telephone number (234) 276-6574. The area code is 234; and the prefix code is 276. The final four digits represent the line number unique to the subscriber owning the number.