If you have the manual there is a full tutorial on how to set it up with a standard phone line. It is pretty simple if you have that. What type of phone service provider do you have? For example I use a cable phone provider and my answering machine has to be set up via their phone number.
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This come from a previous model than I have (mine is a ol5870), but seems to work for this one in retrieving messages from another phone.
Default access code is 0000 if you haven't changed it (but you should); when answering machine answer dial in the 4 digit code while the outgoing message is playing.
Once in dial 1,2, or 3 to play messages (mail box number I believe)
You can dial * for a help menu
4 Repeat a message 44 Ignores a message (message won't remote retrieve next call) 6 plays next message (skip to next) 7 Deletes message 8 Lets you record a memo 9 Let's you change the outgoing message (5 stops the recording) 0 Toggles answer on/off
You can operate your answering system from a remote location using
any touch-tone telephone. Use this function to check for recorded
messages, to play or delete
messages, even to record a new greeting message.
Call your telephone number.
During the greeting message, press 0 and enter your PIN code. By default, the pin code is "80" without the quotes.
The answering system announces the current time and the number of messages
stored in memory. Then you hear "To play incoming messages, press zero two.
For help, press one zero".
Following are instructions for the GE25881 phone which is similar to your 25880. Hopefully this will work for you. -Vish
Answering System Set Up
This section shows you how to set up your answering system to receive incoming calls. Before you begin the setup, you must turn on the answering system.
? Press the conference/ans on/off button to turn the answering system on and off.
NOTE: The display shows ANSWERER OFF when the answering system is off. The default status is on.
If you need additional assistance, press and hold the memo button on the base and follow the voice instructions.
Answering System Operation
Recording the Outgoing Announcement
For best results when recording, you should be about nine inches from the microphone, and eliminate as much background noise as possible.
1. Make sure the answering system is ON.
. Press and hold the announce button on the base while you record the announcement.
3. Begin speaking after you hear the beep.
4. Release the button after you finish your announcement.
If you choose not to record an outgoing announcement, the default announcement plays. To return to the default announcement after you have recorded your personal announcement, press the delete button on the base while playing the announcement, or press the announce button and release it when you hear the beep.
From the Manual:
Before using your new answerer, you should record a greeting
(the announcement callers hear when your answering system
answers a call). If you don't record a greeting, callers hear a
default greeting which says, "Record message after tone."
When recording the greeting you should be about 6 inches
from the unit. Eliminate as much background noise as
1. Prepare your greeting.
Sample Greeting: Hi, this is (use your name here). I can?t
answer the phone right now, so please leave your name,
number, and a brief message after the tone, and I?ll get back
to you. Thanks.
2.Hold down the GREETING button. After the tone, you have
30 seconds to record your greeting.
3.Release the GREETING button when you finish. The greeting
will playback automatically.
NOTE: Your recording time should not be less than 2 seconds.
Otherwise the unit will return to the default greeting.