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A simple wrapper for the NumberPortabilityLookup service of Data24-7. Give them a msisdn and they (usually) give you an operator code. Compile your own list of relevant codes.

I'm scratching my own itch here, so I'm only adding what I use. Feedback and patches are welcome.

For more info about the service, take a look at:


The usual way you'd do a lookup

Data247.username = "meeeeee"
Data247.password = "verysecret"
data247 = Data247.detect(31612345678)
data247.operator_code # => "20415"

data247.operator_name # => “T-Mobile Netherlands”

data247.msisdn        # => "31612345678"

When the lookup does not work due to a timeout

Data247.detect(31612345678) # => nil

This means that the amount of retries specified as Data247.retries have all timed out after Data247.timeout seconds. You can retry at a later time or do something else. This is great if, as is my use case, the lookup is used as a type of pre-selection for numbers.

Note on Patches/Pull Requests

  • Fork the project.

  • Make your feature addition or bug fix.

  • Add tests for it. This is important so I don't break it in a future version unintentionally.

  • Commit, do not mess with rakefile, version, or history. (if you want to have your own version, that is fine but bump version in a commit by itself I can ignore when I pull)

  • Send me a pull request. Bonus points for topic branches.


  • Gerard 'smeevil' de Brieder

  • Wes 'Narnach' Oldenbeuving


Copyright © 2011 Gerard de Brieder. See LICENSE for details.

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