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Phone rings many times with no answering message coming on and no messages recorded

I have attached the ans machine to the phone and recorded an ans message but cannot get the message to come on when the phone rings many times. Someone posted a suggestion on this site to hold down the play button and then the 'skip' button but my model doesn't have a 'skip' button. I held down the stop,set programer button but that didn't set a number of rings and it still rings continuously without answeting.
It is a new Ge 29875GE1B answering machine which I bought from a friend who says it worked before.
Thanks,
Marilyn

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    set up model 29875 digital answering system / it keeps ringing

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I have attached the ans machine to the phone and recorded an ans message but cannot get the message to come on when the phone rings many times. I have asked several people to call
me to see if it will kick on so they hear my recorded message and leave one. So far the ans.
machine is not picking up the call. I have connected the phone to the ans. machine and the
machines phone line cord to the phone jack on the wall.
If you can help me it would be very appreciated.

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The number of rings until the answering machine picks up is controlled on some units by a switch. Most of the time you'll find it on the rear or one of the sides. If it's a cordless phone/answering machine combo, the switch will be on the base unit. These usually have positions for 2 or 4 rings. Some have a "TS" position as well. This is for "toll-saver", which extends the number of rings if there are no new messages. If you call to check message while you're away, if the phone rings more than the number of times you selected you know there aren't any new messages. Then you can hang up before the machine answers and you won't be charged for a call. (This is a hold-over from the days where you might need to make a long-distance call to check your messages. Most people have cell phones with national calling plans now and it doesn't really matter.)

Some newer units have a setup menu where you'll find the ring selection. On a cordless phone the menu button may be on either the base unit or the handset. It depends on the make and model.

On most of today's answering machines, the beep tone is added when you're done recording. Usually you press and hold a button to start the recording, make your announcement, then release the button. The beep is recorded when you let go of the button, so there shouldn't be much delay after the message end. If the beep comes a long time after you finish speaking, either you're not releasing the button, or you have a very old style machine with a fixed recording time. The instructions that came with these usually gave suggested messages that would take the time, and typically had you end with "...please wait for the beep and leave a message".

You can usually find manuals for downloading from the phone or answering machine manufacturer's website, or on one of the many other manual sites on the Internet. Try a search for "(insert your brand and model here) owner's manual" as a start. Of course, if all else fails another option is to get a new machine. Basic models aren't expensive, but if what you have can be made to work the way you want, why spend money?

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While you are away from your home or
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or a pulse (rotary) phone with a pocket
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• erase messages
• monitor the room where the phone
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telephone on the same line as the
phone.
• You can also listen to the message
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If RING TIME is set to TS (toll-saver),
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Note: If you wait more than 15 seconds
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2. If the phone is not set to answer
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commands.
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• If the phone does not respond, try
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an incorrect PIN three times, the
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Remote Operation 27
• When the phone is operating from a remote location, it stops all answering functions
and rC appears on the display on the base. The phone resumes answering
functions when it is no longer in remote operation, if you have not turned it off.
• The remote playback of incoming messages is limited to 4 minutes. If you have
more messages after 4 minutes have passed, you must press # 2 again to listen
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• When using remote operation, you can only delete the current message during
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Remote Commands
Press #
then (within
2 seconds:
Function
1
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2 Play messages.
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4 Delete current message during playback.
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6 Set the phone to answer or not answer calls.
7 Record or stop recording a new outgoing message.
8 Play the outgoing message.
9 Switch to the other line (Line 1 or Line 2).
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