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Calls not saved when power is disconnected

I've got a new battery in the answering machine, and calls are in memory. When I unplug the power cord (from the wall socket) and then plug it back in, the calls have disappeared. This is not expected behavior, is it? Any suggestions on how to remedy it?

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  • Joe4455 May 17, 2008

    During any power outage or if the unit is unplugged all calls and sttings are lost.

  • roger604 Sep 01, 2008

    I just lost 57 special messages that I had saved for years to follow up on, and learned the hard way (if you haven't come across it yet):

    Somebody mentioned this below in Solution:

    From page 6 of manual:

    INSTRUCTIONS FOR MOVING THE ANSWERER...

    3. Go to the electrical outlet and unplug the power supply. DO NOT UNPLUG THE POWER JACK CONNECTED TO THE UNIT. If you do, all memory will be erased.
    I wasn't even moving it to another place, the jack just came a little loose while moving it around the table, and all the messages disappeared.
    A very poor detail in an otherwise (in my experience) well-designed machine.
    Manual's page 6:
    http://www.fixya.com/support/p129719-ge_...

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For this particular model it says that when you want to move the unit you must NEVER unplug the power cord from the BACK OF THE UNIT! Doing so erases all messages. Terrible feature. Who would have ever guessed unplugging it from the back of the unit would erase all messages! Frustrating!

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