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Author Topic: How to locate a mobile network from a mobile number.  (Read 18669 times)
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« on: May 24, 2008, 05:02:46 PM »


In these days of many contracts giving X-net minutes, the subject of locating the network of a mobile number may not have the importance that it once did.

However, many users are on pay&go, or are using landline packages, so it may still be important to be able to look up information when given a new number to call.

There are a number of number checkers available on the internet, but the two which I most often use are shown below:

http://mnnc.net/index_old.php

http://www.numberingplans.com/?page=analysis&sub=phonenr

I like the mnnc one, because it is frequently up to date, and the easiest to use.        Smiley

The second link is more comprehensive, as it will handle numbers abroad, as well as in the UK.
( This service requires the number to be input in full international format, however.        Wink )

There is also a tool for looking up other number types at http://www.phonepayplus.org.uk/consumers/ncd/default.asp
( PhonepayPlus is the new name for ICSTIS ).        Wink

HTH.

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« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2009, 02:41:40 PM »


As an update to the above post, the first and third hyperlinks appear not to work now, and even the second one now requires one to register first before you can use the service.        Roll Eyes

However, I have found 2 new links which do work, and are free.        Smiley

These are:-       http://www.mobilephonechecker.co.uk/network-checker

and       http://www.netlookup.co.uk/        Wink

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« Reply #2 on: July 14, 2009, 10:40:10 PM »

this is a very good post. i have always wondered and tried to find a link like this.
but only one problem: only original network shows up. i've ported mine at least 10 times in 3 years....any idea of a link which updates with each port?
thanks
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« Reply #3 on: July 15, 2009, 02:20:45 AM »

very informative post ..thanks  alot  Smiley
keep it up
cheers Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: July 15, 2009, 03:37:03 AM »

Hi MH,

 Gr8 job. I think this will be a very useful information.
Thanks
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« Reply #5 on: July 15, 2009, 09:38:50 AM »

this is a very good post. i have always wondered and tried to find a link like this.
but only one problem: only original network shows up. i've ported mine at least 10 times in 3 years....any idea of a link which updates with each port?
thanks
sean

If there is such a site, seanjoe, I have not found it.        Cry

The main use of such sites is to gauge how a call to a mobile network will be charged from your landline.        Wink
In this context porting is irrelevant, as landlines charge for mobile calls according to the original network to which its number was allocated.  ( This is why it is a very good piece of advice to port an O2 or Vodafone number to '3', as this will save your friends money when calling your mobile from a landline in the week. )        Wink

Although I am not sure about this, I suspect that everybody uses the original network allocation because this information is freely available from Ofcom.  I suspect that porting details are only shared between the mobile networks themselves, ( and that there may be data protection issues which prevent them from disseminating such information to other organisations or websites ).        Wink

In addition to the 2 new hyperlinks that I posted yesterday, it would be good to remind people of another useful site which was first posted by Dan here, ( although he seems to have deleted it for some reason.        Shocked )
Moneysavings expert runs 2 such services: one for looking up international numbers, and the second for UK numbers.        Wink

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« Reply #6 on: October 06, 2009, 09:56:47 AM »


As a further update of resources to use, the mobilephonechecker site mentioned in reply #1 seems to be a mobile sales one now, rather than offering the service it did formerly.        Cry

http://www.numberingplans.com/?page=analysis&sub=phonenr can still be used if you register on the site first of all;

http://www.netlookup.co.uk/ is still working, and is free;

A third one that I have just come across is:-   http://www.ukphoneinfo.com/locator.php
This is also free, and appears to work well.        Wink

If members come across further useful sites, please post below.

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« Reply #7 on: October 30, 2009, 03:16:16 PM »


I have found another resource that is useful: it allows partial number lookups.

See:-   http://www.telecom-tariffs.co.uk/codelook.htm

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« Reply #8 on: November 02, 2009, 08:48:44 PM »

Very Useful post, thanks. this saves lots of minutes, especially on 3 network
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« Reply #9 on: January 31, 2010, 10:17:24 PM »

only brings up original network of number.

so if number has been ported then will show incorrect details.
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« Reply #10 on: February 01, 2010, 10:40:16 AM »

only brings up original network of number.

so if number has been ported then will show incorrect details.

Perfectly true, but that is all that any website can do.    Wink

The mobile networks keep all porting arrangements secret to themselves, and will not divulge that information to any third parties, doubtless claiming they cannot do so under the data protection act!        Roll Eyes

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« Reply #11 on: May 04, 2010, 11:29:50 PM »

Mind you. These 2 sites seem not to be related to the subject of this thread anymore.


http://mnnc.net/ - is off

and

http://www.mobilephonechecker.co.uk/ - is as mentioned before a mobile contracts comparison site




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« Reply #12 on: September 22, 2010, 11:28:18 AM »

Very Useful post, thanks. this saves lots of minutes, especially on 3 network


it is useful post no doubt.
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