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My phone works, but it doesn't ring!

Other telephones will ring on same line when GE phone is disconnected. I have 2 GE 21018GE3 and the second phone will not ring either.

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  • George Kerney Jan 05, 2007

    Have not found a solution yet.

  • misseylee87 Jan 14, 2008

    My set is doing the same thing. I can use them, because I know the phone has rung ( from another phone) however neither of the GE 21018GE3 will ring. I've very disappointed... if anyone has solution email me at

    Thanks, Linda

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Disconnect all phones and just connect the GE phones.
there is only a certain amount of power transmited through a phone line to make the phone ring if you have too many phones running off the same line then the ones further away from the main connection suffer

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  1. When you pick up your GE cordless phone and press a button, the phone should beep as a confirmation that a button has been pressed. If the telephone handset does not beep, or if it does not respond to any buttons, the battery may be in need of a recharge. Verify that the cordless phone base unit is plugged in to an electrical source, then place the handset into the charging cradle. If no lights illuminate on the phone, or if charging fails to correct the issue, clean the metal charging contacts on the cordless handset and place the phone back on the charger. If it still fails to respond or to charge, the unit may need to be serviced or replaced.
  2. Does the Battery Hold a Charge?
  3. If the cordless phone charges up and appears to be ready for use but dies after only short periods of use, the internal rechargeable batteries may need to be replaced. Replacement batteries are widely available at electronics and discount retail stores. Note your phone's exact model number, as this number will be necessary when purchasing a replacement battery.
  4. Listen for a Dial Tone
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