White Pages

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White Pages

Prior to the emergence of the Internet, "white pages" referred to the listing of residential telephone subscribers within a geographic area. The white pages were so called to differentiate them from the "yellow pages," a business directory open to advertising. The regional phone company typically provides these directories free to its subscribers.

The rise of the Internet and smart phones has rendered paper-based telephone directories nearly obsolete. Now, when one searches "white pages" for a phone listing they will likely be directed to whitepages.com, a large online directory of contact information. PeopleSmart itself mirrors the function of paper-based white pages, but with significant enhancements to make finding an address or phone number even easier.

How do people search sites get their contact information?

People search sites like PeopleSmart get the bulk of their data from public records, county offices, commercial vendors, and other directory sources. By digitizing and indexing these records, including phone and address information, people search sites make finding relevant contacts quick and easy.

I can make my number unlisted with the phone company. How can I do the same on a people search site?

Privacy protection is an integral part of ensuring that the people search industry continues to thrive. While nearly all people search sites offer the ability to opt-out of their databases, not every site makes it convenient. PeopleSmart offers a quick and easy online opt-out..

What is a reverse phone listing?

Unlike the traditional white pages, which required knowing an individual’s name to find their number, online directories often offer a "reverse phone" service. In the age of Caller ID, many people receive phone calls from unknown phone numbers. With a reverse phone lookup, a people search-site user can input the phone number and find the caller’s contact details.

Are paper-based white pages obsolete?

No. The digital divide limits access to online resources for many disadvantaged Americans. That being said, paper-based white pages and phone books are definitely on the decline.

Which Federal agency regulates telephone policy?

The Federal Communications Commission regulates telecommunication services between states and internationally, imposing numerous consumer protection requirements on service providers.