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Phone not working

I just bought this phone 2 weeks ago. It was working fine until a few days ago. It didn't ring but the answering machine picked up. So I checked to see if the ringer was on, it was. So I pushed talk to pick it up and see who called. It will not pick up. It beeps 2x a few seconds later and shows "unavailabe" on the display. I have tried taking the battery out and replacing it, putting the battery from the other handset in it, unplugging the phone and plugging it back in, and I plugged another phone it's place and it worked just fine.

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Re: Phone not working

You may need to re-register the phones. Below is a link to the owners manual in case you don't have one. Good luck.

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Re: Phone not working

One of the hand held phones the number 1 keeps coming on and it won't let me call out when i hit the talk button the number 1 stays on .how can i fix this problem?the madel number ge 27996.
please help me

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