I have cordless phones which we all know don't work when the electric goes out so I decided to buy a corded phone. No matter what jack I install the phone, there is terrible static. What could be causing this?
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1) unplug all phones
2) plug them back in and check line.
If you still have the issue,!take a corded phone with. Phone jack coed to your box on the outside of the house. Usually gray, unscrew the first box - you'll see modules there - the one with the last four of your phone number is the module we'll use. Follow the directions on the box to open that module - plug your phone into the module. Here's the important thing - if you don't hear static, then the problem is from inside your house. If you call att to come out they will charge you - but that's the whole unplug the phones and centralize your base better. However, if you still hear static in the outside box, it's an att issue and have to come out at no charge.
The most common cause of static on the line in your home is a bad or loose wire. If all your phones are experiencing the static, it would indicate that the bad wiring is before the first phone. Check the network interface device (NID) on the outside of your home first. If you are able you could bring one of your phone outside and listen to the static as you move wires around inside the NID. Make sure they are all tight and no bare wires are touching or shorting. If you don't find the problem there check as much wiring as you can get to. If you move or affect the problem you should be able to hear it in a handset. Then check all of the phone cords especially handset cords and phone cords on the floor.
I hope this helps you solve the problem. Have a wonderfull day
You should not have to do anything to make the base find the phone line as long as it's plugged into a working phone jack and the AC power is on.
Have you tested the phone jack where you are connecting the base to be sure it's working? You can check with a simple, basic corded type phone. (You should have one of these on hand anyway, in case your power goes out. Without AC power, cordless phones won't work since their base unit would be off. The basic corded phone gets its power from the phone line so it will keep going. It's a good thing to have.) Plug the phone in and see if you have dialtone at the jack. You don't know what kind of phones the former residents had and how their jacks were wired. The one you're using may have been set up on a second line, for example.
If you don't find dialtone at the jack, you can try others and move the base unit as necessary, or see about having the wiring corrected. The model number of your phone is a UK version, and I don't know the rules regarding who can do telephone wiring there. Here in the US you can do the work yourself, hire a contractor, or contact the telephone service provider.
If you find the jack is working, something may have happened to the cordless base unit during the move. Try another cord; maybe the one you're using was damaged. Then your remaining option is to see about servicing or replacing the phone if it's still not working.
Yes, that is normal for all cordless phones. they are really just a radio that sends a signal from the base/charger to the cordless hand set. when the power goes off the base does not work at all. Go buy yourself a cheap corded phone, and when power goes off plug it into any wall phone jack and then you can make calls.
Try changing channels to find one with better reception. If you can't find a clear channel, try plugging a corded phone into the same jack and see if you get better reception. If you are getting static on your corded phones too, call the phone company to have them check the lines. Don't forget that fluorescent lights, vacuum cleaners, and other electric devices with an electromagnet (light ballast, electric motors, etc...) will create interference.
try a corded phone and unplug your cordless. see if that helps. If not go outside to your power meter and near it you should see a box labeled telephone. open it and you "should" see a spot to plug in a corded phone. you first have to unplug the little cord thats already in it then plug in you phone. If no static, then prob is in your house wiring or in a defective old jack or possibly another device plugged into your phone line (computer, answering machine, caller ID box, etc. ) .
If you do have static while outside & plugged into the "test jack" , then prob is in the phone companies regulated facilities and they will come out and fix no charge to you.
I had the same problem when I answered my cordless phone static charge went thru me and into my phone and I had now display, so i changed the batteries in the handset and it worked. So I hope this works for you.