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it's called remote operation. Press "MENU", then "number sign" and enter a 3-digit code of your choosing. Press "SAVE" and then "OFF" When you away from home, dial your phone number and after the greeting message starts, enter your 3-digit remote access code.
call your home number, and as soon as you hear your message, press the * (star) key, then you should get your messages...you may have to have the code, which is on the bottom of the phone.....usually 3-4 numbers...put the code in when prompted (or password)
To quote from your manual:
Pages 41 - 42
The default remote code is 11 (two ones).
1 Dial your phone number from a touch tone phone.
2 After the greeting message starts (before it ends), enter your remote code.
The unit (then) plays back new messages.
After playing back new messages, the voice guidance starts.
3 Follow the voice guidance as necessary.
4 When finished, hang up.
A remote code must be entered to operate the system remotely. The factory code setting is "111" and you can set your own personal code by following the directions on page 31 of the phone system operating guide.
To check messages from a remote location, dial your number from any touch tone phone, enter your code after the greeting message begins, then follow the voice prompts.