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Shuts off before I can leave a message

The Message time is set for 4 minutes. It answers be when I try to leave a message it shuts off after 10-15 seconds. It doesn't show any message was received even though I said Hi

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  • Anonymous May 07, 2008

    Also have the same problem.
    When I tried to call the answering machine and leave a message,
    it only let me speak for about 4 seconds before the end tone occured. My message wasnt even recorded

  • Imran Syed Jun 09, 2008

    Same problem, after greetings doesn't let me record the message. As per manual, power reset the machine, erased all messages, went through setup again for message time length of 3 min, nothing seems to fix the issue.

  • Anonymous Aug 08, 2008

    I have the same problem with the machine cutting off the message after only about a few seconds. I have the time set to 4 mins. I had the same problem with the last machine. Is there a workaround??

  • Anonymous Sep 09, 2008

    Again the same problem. When callers try to leave a message theu are cut off after a few seconds. This despite the fact the machine is set to allow messages of up to 2 minutes.



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Check phone line polarity, they may be reversed. If you have no way to check line polarity switch the positions of the red and green wires on the phone jack.

Posted on Oct 08, 2008


If you are on (Rogers) phone via cable, this model of answering machine is not compatible. I'd love to hear a work-around.

Posted on Aug 03, 2008


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How do you set the answering machine or voice mail on this phone?

First make sure the answering machine is on; press the On/Off button to turn it on and off. To set a message to be heard by those calling in: press and hold Skip/Annc. Begin speaking when A shows in the message window. Speak from about 9 inches away from the phone. Messages must be more than 3 seconds and less than 3 minutes long.

Press Prog/Mem and then Skip/Annc to hear the current message. Press and hold Setup until you hear the current setting (Selected announcement is A or Announce Only). Use Skip/Repeat to change the setting. No one will be able to leave a message if Announce Only is on.

After you have held the Setup button, as above, press Setup additional times to set the number of rings before the machine answers and the remote access code among other features.

To set the date and time, press and hold Clock for 1 second. Use the Skip button to advance the current digit; the Repeat button will subtract one from the current value. Press Clock again to advance to the next value to change (day of week, hour, minute, second).

Press Play to hear new messages; press and hold Play to hear all messages. Press Repeat to repeat the current message. Press Repeat twice to hear the last message. Hold Repeat to slow the message playback.

Delete a message by pressing Remove during playback; press Remove twice to delete all messages (if there are no new messages). A blinking F indicates the memory is full and messages must be deleted.

I hope this helps.

Cindy Wells
(btw additional instructions for the answering system are available at the AT&T website. Direct link: which may or may not work.)

Oct 29, 2010 | AT&T 1855 Phone

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When people leave me a message - the answering machine does not show that I have a message. The person calling hears the greeting - leaves a message, but I do not receive the message.

It may be similar to the problem I had on wireless home phone with answering machine not taking messages when had the answering machine set to 12 rings before answering. Found the sim card (my wireless system) auto response would answer first. Fixed it by reducing time to 6 rings and answering machine now comes on first.

Oct 12, 2010 | Uniden Cordless Phone

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On my TG 2740 Panasonic base unit the 'answer on' light blinks constantly and 'all mail box full' is blinking also but there are only 17 messages. How do I clear the blinking light and the all mail box...

If mail box is full, you cannot record any more messages, and the answering machine is practically useless. You must clear some messages.
Try playing the messages one by one. While a message is being played hit the Erase button. If that works, repeat with every unimportant message.

Most cordless telephone answering machines have a maximum of 14 minutes recording time. You can restrict the length of messages people are allowed to leave. Most default options are 1min or 4 minutes. Some machines give you the option to select Announcement Only. When this option is selected people hear the announcement but cannot leave a message.

Read you manual for more configuration options.

Jan 04, 2010 | Panasonic KX TGA273S Cordless Expansion...

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Change voice mail message

Step 1 Compose your message ahead of time. If not, you may end up stumbling, looking for the right words while you are recording your message or leaving out some important details. Composing your message before you begin recording will save you from having to record several messages before you find one with which you are satisfied.
  • Step 2 Make it easy for your callers to listen your message. Record your message in a relatively quiet room without background noise. Speak loudly and clearly. For the benefit of callers who don't have much time, make your message as brief and to the point as possible.
  • Step 3 Begin the recording process by first locating the "Change" button on your answering machine. This button initializes the answering machine for adjustments to the settings of the various features.
  • Step 4 Locate the microphone on your answering machine and lean towards it until you are about nine inches away.
  • Step 5 Locate the "Annc" button. Press and hold the "Annc" button until it beeps. Begin recording your message.
  • Step 6 Watch the message window while you are recording your message. It keeps track of how much time has elapsed since you began recording. You can record a message that is up to three minutes long.
  • Step 7 Locate the "Stop" button and press it when you have finished recording your message. The answering machine will play your message back at this point. If you are not satisfied with your message, repeat the steps to record it again.
  • Step 8 Press "Annc" if you want to listen to your message again
  • Nov 08, 2009 | Lands Phones

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    How do you set up the message for the answering machine? Lost the instructions that came with the unit. I know the phone has a menu, but not sure if this is where I would program the answering machine.

    Greeting message
    When the unit answers a call, callers
    are greeted by a greeting message. You
    can record your own greeting message
    or use a prerecorded greeting
    Recording your greeting
    You can record your own greeting
    message (max. 2 minutes and 30
    seconds). If you do not record a
    greeting message, a prerecorded
    greeting message is used.
    1 {MENU}
    2 {V}/{^}: “Answering device” i
    3 {V}/{^}: “Record greeting” i
    4 After the handset beeps, speak
    clearly about 20 cm (8 inches) away
    from the microphone.
    5 To stop recording, press {OK}.
    6 {OFF}
    Using a prerecorded greeting
    If you erase or do not record your own
    greeting message, the unit plays a
    prerecorded greeting message for
    callers and ask them to leave

    Sep 11, 2009 | Panasonic KX-TG1033S Cordless Phone

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    People are unable to leave a message. I recorded a message and can reply it , it says announce only

    The exact stpes to correct this will depend on the model phone you have, but if you select menu, answering machine set up and then select record time, you should be able to select 2 minutes, 4 minutes or announce only.

    Jul 10, 2009 | Uniden DECT 6.0 Cordless Phone ID

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    Not recording

    Record Time sets the duration for recording the incoming messages. You have three
    record time options. The options "1 minute" or "4 minutes" set the duration for
    recording the incoming messages. "Announce only" answers the call but prevents
    the caller from leaving a message.
    1) Enter the Answ. Setup menu, and then the Record
    Time submenu (see "Entering the Menu" on page 16).
    2) Press volume up/down to select Record Time
    (1 Minute, 4 Minutes, or Announce Only)
    3) Press the OK soft key. You will hear a confirmation tone.

    Feb 02, 2009 | Uniden TRU8885 Digital Answering Machine

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    My phone is in the announce mode. callers cannot leave an answer,

    What is the specific model of your phone. Typically there is a setting in your machine to set the "Recording Time". Uniden typically you can set to 1 minute, 4 minutes, or "Anounce only". This last one is probably what your is set to.

    Typically pressing the "Menu" key will go to each setting for each time you press the button. Press menu until it announces "Recording Time" Then select 1 minute or 4 minute using the "Select" Button.

    You can get most of the manuals for your uniden phones at :

    Select your paticular phone and see if they have the phone listed.


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