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Answering machine doesn't pick-up reliably

I've set my answering machine to pick up after 2 rings, but often it won't pick up -- it keeps ringing. I replaced it with another answering machine, same model, and the same thing happens. The first machine worked well for about 8 months before this started to happen, so I don't know if it's the machine or if it's my phone line.

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Re: Answering machine doesn't pick-up reliably

I found in the manual that if the machine doesn't answer after the correct number of rings, then it may be the ringing system used by the phone company. But I have also heard of people with VOIP (such as Vonage) having problems with this as well.

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