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I have a GE DECT 6.0 Digital phone (silver, 2-handset model) and one of the handsets began displaying "Out of Range" and was unresponsive. We've had severe lightning around here in recent days which interfered with the digital tv reception, so I'm pretty sure that's what caused the problem. Here was what worked for me:
- unplug base unit for 15 seconds - press "PROGRAM" button on handset - from menu, select "HANDSET SETUP" - from menu, select "REGISTRATION" - handset display will prompt you to press and hold PAGE button on base unit for 5 seconds, then press "PROGRAM" button on handset
This action re-initiates the transmission between the base unit and the handset.
On the handset, look for the "PROGRAM" button and choose "HANDSET SETUP". Scroll through the menu to find "REGISTRATION" and select it. The handset display should then prompt you to press and hold the "PAGE" button on the base unit for 5 seconds and then press the "PROGRAM" button on the handset.
Perhaps you've already tried this process, as you indicated your attempts "to set it up". This is what worked for my GE DECT phones when one of the handsets displayed "Out of Range" after an electrical storm. Best of luck to you!
From the Handset Setup Menu: 1. Press the caller ID-volume ( 5 or 6) button to scroll to the TONE PULSE sub-menu. 2. Press mute/program button to enter the menu. TONE/PULSE 41TONE 2PULSE shows in the display. The default setting is “1 TONE”. 3. Use the touch-tone pad or caller ID-volume ( 5 or 6) to enter 1 TONE or 2 PULSE. 4. Press the mute/program button to confirm. You will hear a confirmation tone and your selection shows in the display.
I contacted GE today and they told me how to get the caller ID to work on the additional handsets. You must follow these steps in the exact order given.
#1 - unplug the base phone
#2 - unplug the telephone line from the base phone
#3 - remove the battery packs from the phones
#4 - wait 10 minutes.
reverse the order when assembling. Put battery packs in phones, put the telephone line back in the base phone and lastly plug all phones back in. It takes about another 10 minutes after that before all phones start recognizing caller ID but it now works fine.
How close were you to the base unit when you recorded the message? The manual suggests 9 inches from your mouth to the mic on the unit. Also speak loudly when you make the recording. Yes, you can re-record the message. In fact, you can record two messages and use whichever one fits your immediate circumstances.
I had the same problem. In my case my telephone co. told me to dial #55 then my code. Try reading your telephone co. instructions on how to retrieve messages. (not the instructions which came with your GE phone.