OT - NO (Non-Operational) Question

Andrew Haninger ahaning at mindspring.com
Fri Dec 17 00:28:47 CST 2010


On Fri, Dec 17, 2010 at 12:22 AM, Joe Blanchard <jbfixurpc at gmail.com> wrote:

> It appears there's really no easy way to determine the origin of a text
> sent to a cell...
>
For shortcodes, Neustar provided a list:

https://www.usshortcodes.com/csc/directory/directoryList.do?method=showDirectory&group=all

For regular cellular numbers, the Wireless Amber Alert site is popular
amongst MVNO (e.g. prepaid) users to find out so they can use the
email-to-text gateways:

http://www.wirelessamberalerts.com/

(You don't actually sign up, just enter the number and then it will tell you
the carrier.)

For landlines/VoIP/etc. Google should be able to tell you at least the
city/state. Though it's rare that you will get a text from a landline, it is
possible.

Andy



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