I lost and cannot remember the code number I must use when I am away from my home, in order to retrieve recorded phone messages from my home phone (a lucent At&T 1872 Corded Phone).
Can I use a new code number, and if so, how do I do it ?
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Re: Lost code number needed to retrieve messages
This is from the manual and you have to reset it from the actual base so if you are away from home now you cannot change it
REMOTE ACCESS CODE
The Remote Access Code is preset to 500.
To review or change the code (at home)
1 Press F until the screen displays
the current Remote Access Code.
2 Use the number keys to enter a new code
(between 500 and 999, except the current
Priority Calling Code).
3 Press S when you are finished.
now here is the link to the manual http://telephones.att.com/docMgt/public/art/175/1872_manual.pdf
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Since you declined to specify the model of your Uniden DECT system, select it from the list beginning at
http://www.uniden.com/owners-manuals/dect-phones/scat/dectphones_mnl/ to download a copy of the manual.
When you are away, you call your number and waiting for the welcome message (your message). When the machine invites you to leave a message you enter your secret code, the one you entered when you configured the machine. (Usually there is default, but since you don't have a manual there is no point guessing (although 123 may do the trick). Some older phones have a code sticker on the underside of phone.)
When the code is recognized the machine starts giving instructions press (number) to (do something).
Go to the base unit.
scroll to the answering machine option.
Under there is a setting for your security key.
you can read what's there, or change it to your own two digit code.
when you call in, during the message, enter that two digit code and it'll go into messages. There's a "toll saver" mode so that the machine answers after two rings instead of 4, so that if you call and it rings 3 times, you know there's no new messages.
this instruction may help you , if not a model number could help , but try these instructions . thanks
To operate from a remote location, use any touch-tone telephone, and follow these steps: Call your telephone number and wait for the answering machine to answer. If the answering machine is off, it will answer after about 10 rings and series of beeping sounds. During the greeting message (or a series of beeps when the answering machine is off), press  and enter your PIN code within 2 seconds (see "Setting a Security Code or Personal Identification Number (PIN)" on page 57). The answering machine announces the current time and the number of messages stored in memory. You hear "To play incoming messages, press zero-two. For help, press one-zero." You will hear a beep. Enter a remote command within 15 seconds, each command there after must be entered within 2 seconds. You may select a command from the following chart: Remote Commands
Command 0 then 1 Repeat a Message* Command 0 then 6 Answering Machine On Command 0 then 2 Playback Messages Command 0 then 7 Memo Record/Stop** Command 0 then 3 Skipping a Message Command 0 then 8 Greeting Record/Stop** Command 0 then 4 Deleting a Message Command 0 then 9 Answer Machine Off Command 0 then 5 Stop Operation Command 1 then 0 Help Guidance
we can get a link to your manual if we had model number
To connect with your answering system:
1 Dial your telephone number from a touch tone phone.
2 When the system answers, enter your Remote Access Code.
The system announces the number of messages and begins
3 Listen to your messages
Change remote access code Press [*] [#]. Follow prompts to set new code.