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Callers are not able to leave a message-they receive msg saying the voice has not been set up yet.

I had another answering machine, set it up, when calls came in, the caller was not able to leave messages. So I returned that machine, bought this GE one. Set it up, same problem, callers cannot leave messages.They get some message like-voice message has not been set up yet.
So I set up my original machine, still worked ok,but sometimes the messages were garbled. Same thing, same problem as above.
I called Bell Canada, they said I have nothing wrong with my line, their Call Answer is not on my line. I do not necessarily believe them, I believe there is something on my line blocking to go to my answering machine..
So I am asking for help. Anything you can say would be appreciated.

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SOURCE: How to record messages

Call 1-800-448-0329 for warranty info. You have a one year warranty and they'll replace it.

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The instructions are on page 9 of the manual at

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SOURCE: 6 rings before answer comes on,t0 long a wait

Normally the ring and the start time can be set up on the answering machine as you will need to check for the lowest ring time- 3 times which is good enough. This is possible on the most models and must be checked on this one -- the model is not specified.

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