If you want to find a phone number for someone, flipping through the white pages does not yield the same results as before. Many people have their numbers unlisted now, and if you are looking for someone who lives out of your local area, you are not going to find them there anyway. Today, the Internet has options for you that you can use to find a phone number for just about anyone, even if you are looking for the elusive and unlisted cell phone number. See what many of the online phone directory options can do for you.
As a first stop for any personal, landline phone number, you want to go to the online White Pages. This online phone directory has listings for the US in any state. As long as a number is listed, you can find it here. You simply put in the name of the person you are searching out, and then see what comes up. Add the state if you know it. That will help you narrow things down. If you have a landline come up on your caller ID that you do not know, the online White Pages also has a reverse search through which you can enter a number to find a name and address to go with it.
Along the same lines, there is an online phone directory when you need to find a business number. Some businesses do not have a web site through which you can find a number, so the online Yellow Pages is your best bet. You can put in an area and type of business to see what your options are, or you can search out a business by name. As with the online White Pages, you can also do a reverse search through the Yellow pages.