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No dial tone at all!

We bought this product for the office- specifically because we need to be mobile and there are 2 lines we need to be able to access.
We can't figure out why we can't get a dial tone-if we plug in a normal phone it gets a dial tone-but not with this. Are we supposed to set up the lines with their respective phone numbers?

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Re: No dial tone at all!

I assume you put the battery in and charged it for 12 hrs. If everything is plugged in correctly then it's time to return the phone as it is defective. GE does not have a very good rep with phones.

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