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batteries are available from e-bay
one dead battery will not affect any others
all hand sets make calls and receive calls through the base unit that is connected to the landline
base unit is connected to the landline and operates any hand set that is picked up
make sure all handsets have the end call button pressed as one not pressed after use may keep a line open
call your provider to check the land line to your premises
borrow a neighbours phone and plug it into the socket and see it you get a line on their phone
Connect an ammeter and set to the 2 amp scale and check out the current drain with the ignition key removed. Remove a fuse one by one until the current drain goes down. That is the fuse that is connected to the power line that is responsible for the drain. Check all of the accessories, etc on that line for the draw.
In meantime till you resolve the issue just disconnect the negative battery terminal till next time you want to use the car so the battery does not drain.
Yes. The battery will go bad if they are not cycled regularly. You should be able to get a replacement from radio shack. Make sure to recycle the old batteries at a drop at lowes so they will not end up in a land fill.
The answering part of the machine will probably work as it is powered by the phone company circuit. If you do not put batteries in the BASE unit, it is line powered and will continue to work if batteries are dead. However, your handsets will not work, they will not ring and you will get no dial tone as they will not transmit a signal . A hint is to replace the batteries with new nickel-metal hydride batteries to assure long battery life if you have replaceable battery capability. Mine have lasted 10 years so far and still going strong!
Assuming that you didn't do anything to kill the phone (drop it too much, get it wet, use it as a doorstop), it could be an issue with the connection between the battery and the phone.
Using a normal pencil eraser, rub the gold terminals on both the battery and the phone.
Rub the terminals with a cloth to remove any debris.
Try turning the phone on.
If this doesn't work it may be that the battery is dead or the phone is dead. If it's the battery it can be replaced. To check if the phone or battery have gotten wet, look for a small patch of paper on the battery or the phone. Typically this paper will turn from white to pink if liquid comes in contact with it (this is how the cell phone company knows if you got your phone wet when you bring it in broken). If it is pink, most likely the phone is completely dead and not fixable.
"The charge is depleted and the phone dies" This happens in two cases....
Your batteries are dead and old. Try replacing the batteries
This can also happen if there is a short-circuit somewhere in the connection.
Try exchanging your batteries with a new one or with another phone of same model. If the problem is gone then your batteries were dead but if it arises again there must be a short-circuit somewhere, get is checked....
The power (On/Off) button is not responding probably because it is broken, the phone is dead, or the battery is dead or drained. Connect the phone to a charger and check whether the phone charges the battery or not. The power button is indeed not responding and broken when the phone charges the battery. The only way to turn on the phone is by replacing the power switch.
When the phone doesn't charge the battery, the phone may be dead or the battery is dead/drained. To revive the battery and verify whether the phone is dead or not, check it here.
Your phone could be suffering from:
A dead battery. Replace it.
A dead Charger not charging the battery, try a different charger to confirm. If dead replace.
A faulty power on switch. You need to confirm and replace it.
A dead phone (I hope not). If nothing works then the phone may be dead. Sometimes the connections snap with the slightest of jerks and the phone goes dead. You need to carry out the fault finding and rectify the fault.
If it still does not come on then replace the phone. But in this order.