Blind World Magazine

Finding Friends and Businesses Without Benefit of a Print Phonebook.

The Fred's Head Companion.
Sunday, April 16, 2006.

You're trying to reconnect with some old friends and having trouble finding their address and telephone numbers? Are you looking for a good "people finder" tool that offer searches for telephone, email and address listings online? Did you know that you can get free directory assistance if you're blind or visually impaired?

I have an accessible name, phone and address search tool called Infospace:

At the InfoSpace home page, click on White Pages then you can key in the last name, first name, city and state to start your search for someone in the USA. Here's a little something to remember when searching: Don't enter a first name, or try using just a first initial. The person may be listed under a nickname or a spouse's name. If a very specific search fails, try leaving one or more of the fields blank.

If you're after someone outside the USA, Infospace also has listings for Canada, United Kingdom, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Spain and a page with links to other phone directories around the world. Click on "World Directories" at the Infospace home page to get there.

To do a search for a Business, click on the Yellow Pages tab at the Infospace home page. You can enter a business name or type, and the city or state to search in.

InfoSpace also offers reverse lookups on Phone Numbers, Street Addresses, Email Addresses, and Area Codes. This means you can find a person's name and address if all you know is the phone number. Or you could find someone's name and phone number if you know just the street address. From the InfoSpace home page, click on search by phone or near an address.

Here's a little trick I found: Infospace can tell you the names of everyone on your street. Just omit the street number on the Search by Phone/Address Lookup screen, and it will return ALL of the listings for that street.

Infospace also provides handy links to business, government offices, and a city guide for the city where the person you looked up lives.

If you DON'T want your listings in an online directory, use the Remove feature. At Infospace, just look up your own listing then click the "Update/Remove" link to change or remove yourself from their database.

Even though the Infospace directory is quite extensive, and is updated several times a year, you may not find the person you're looking for. If that's the case, try the sites below since they all use different databases.


Yahoo People:

Long distance phone companies provide free directory assistance to persons who do not use print. Because long distance companies use different guidelines to determine who qualifies and how they should sign up, it is necessary to contact your long distance service provider to find out if you are eligible and how to obtain the service.

There is a free, nation-wide directory assistance service available over the phone. Simply call 1-800-free-411, or 1-800-3733-411. There is also a website at

Your regular telephone operator can do a subject search on business listings to provide business numbers. You will need to identify that you are blind or visually impaired.

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