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GE Telephone answering machine will not work

We have the answering machine set to 4 rings. When people call, the machine picks up on the 4th ring, it beeps, then cuts off. No recorded message. No message is recorded, the call is disconnected. What do we do?

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  • 1lilmonkey Dec 22, 2007

    The exact same thing happens to us! It will pick up, click then disconnect. Nothing else happens. Our memory is fine, there's plenty of space so that can't be the problem. Any other suggestions?

  • Anonymous Jul 15, 2008

    i have the exact same problem...
    shall we contact GE ?


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We have the answering machine set to 4 rings. When people call, the machine picks up on the 4th ring, it beeps, then cuts off. No recorded message. No message is recorded, the call is disconnected. What do we do?
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  • samspicuglia Jul 04, 2008

    We have the answering machine set to 4 rings. When people call, the machine picks up on the 4th ring, it beeps, then cuts off. No recorded message. No message is recorded, the call is disconnected. What do we do?

  • samspicuglia Jul 04, 2008

    We have the answering machine set to 4 rings. When people call, the machine picks up on the 4th ring, it beeps, then cuts off. No recorded message. No message is recorded, the call is disconnected. What do we do?

  • samspicuglia Jul 04, 2008

    my phone i by new, 1 week ago' and complet empty

    the memory,

    Why i have to pay again online to have assinstence?

    the company not give any assinstence any more?

  • samspicuglia Jul 09, 2008

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I'm assuming this is a digital recorder and does not use a tape. Any chance the memory is full and you need to erase messages to free up space for new recordings?

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