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Answering machine wont pick up it just cuts off incoming call leaving line busy

When p[hone rings the answering machine if its set to pick up after 3 rings on the 2 ring will cut the call off leaving line busy to incoming calls

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    people can leave messages but the machine wont replay it. It stays on 0, new phones

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Just set the amount of rings higher on the back of the phone and make sure all you old messages are deleted and also make sure its not set to do not disturb

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