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Looks like the basic functions of the phone are correct. Remain the answering machine. Are you sure it can act as an answering machine? If it can act as answering machine the reason it is not doing so may be the following.
Answering function is turned OFF
Answering function may be ON but the number of rings before it answers is set too high.
I suggest you try the following Call you phone. Let it ring at least 10 times. If it can act as an answering machine it will pick up the phone and read the welcome message, because most answering machines (the recent ones at least) answer after 10 rings even if answering function is turned OFF.
The phones that can be answering machines usually do have a display that shows the number of incoming messages, or a LED that flashes to let you know that you have new recorded messages.
You can buy a 2 line phone, but to use the fax/dsl line for voice, you will also need a line sharing device.
"The stick" is a good brand....
All it does is recognize if an incoming call is a fax or a voice call. If fax it would go to a fax port on the stick. If voice, it comes out the voice port which you can call on.
The same rules apply to this line....if something is using it, the next call will get busy......But now you could have the phone company "Hunt" your line 1 to line 2 (fax/dsl) if line 1 is busy.......hence...2 incoming lines....
this happened to mine , I never had aproblem before than one day ??? didnt work . I changed phone jacks ?? dont know why ??
1. Try disconnecting all phones in the household except the phone being affected.
2. Do a test call to see if the unit rings.
3. If the phone rings at this time, begin reconnecting all the other units one at a time. If the affected phone does not ring again, this is an indication that there are too many phones in the loop.
4. If possible try testing the phone on a totally different phone jack (friends or neighbors) to check if the same thing happens.
Also make sure the phone is not connected through an external answering machine, caller ID box, fax machine, computer, splitter, or defective DSL filter. If so then connect the telephone cord directly to the telephone jack and make a test call.
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.