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Phone won't connect

We've replaced the batteries on our phone, but it still won't work. The power works, the answering machine works, but we cannot dial on the key pad or get a dial tone. The phone says "connecting" all the time.

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I had the same problem. I unplugged the base unit for several minutes. When I plugged it back in, the base unit reset itself and the handsets reset themselves to the base unit. You will have to reset the clock and any other features you use. My phone is a model E5908. Hope this works for you. Goos luck.

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