My parents have a set of AT&T 2.4 GHZ 2255 Cordless phones with one handset on the base and a remote handset. These were working at one time, but the base got unplugged for an extended period of time and now both handsets are showing "Out Of Service". They don't have any documentation for installing. I know that the handsets have to search for the signal on the base but I don't know how. Can you offer any help?
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Re: Phone Installation - Out Of Service
Find the manual on the link below.
Check batteries are charged preferably for a few hours then perform the reset as per the manual:
To re-initialize the handset and base:
1 Disconnect the power to the base.
2 Remove the handset battery pack.
3 Wait at least 15 seconds.
4 Insert the handset battery pack.
5 Connect the power to the base.
6 Put the handset in the base to re-initialize.
7 Wait for handset to display READY (or handset name).
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At 20 ft line of sight, you should have perfect reception with most any cordless phone.
The fuzzy signal can indicate: 1. A weak signal between base and handset. 20 ft line of sight should have a good strong signal. Your handset may be defective. Or, your handset battery may be weak. Your base unit may be defective.
2. You may be experiencing RFI Interference. Is the base unit next to any other electronic devices? If it is next to a wireless router or some other wireless device, it may be overloaded by the nearby signal (even if on a different frequency)
I've got a 5 year old Panasonic 5.8 Ghz cordless phone connected to my VoIP box. I just tested it from about 25 ft away from the base unit in another room with a wall in between and my reception is perfect.
I did the same test with my Panasonic DECT 6.0 phones (1.9 GHz). The first handset is slightly fuzzy, but otherwise good signal. The 2nd handset was perfectly quiet with good strong signal. So, there is a difference between two identical handsets connected to the same base unit. This indicates to me that one handset is better tuned than the other. Nothing I can do about that but get a new 2nd extension cordless handset. Sometimes, it's just luck of the draw
1. Make sure the answering system is ON. 2. Press fash/answerer/call waiting button on the handset to enter answerer remote mode. 3. Press key  to enter Time/Day set menu on handset. 4. To set Hour, key in -. 5. To set Minutes, key in -. 6. To set AM/PM, press the CALLER ID-VOLUME (5or6) button. 7. Press #PAUSE/ringer button to confrm the setting.
The DXI4286-2 is an Analog phone, it does not allow for both handset to be used at the same time. You can transfer a call from one handset to another, but cannot talk on both at the same time.
The following is from the user's manual for your phone:
Unavailable message is displayed on the LCD screen of the handset. • Make sure the other handset is not already in use. Both handsets cannot be in talk mode at the same time. • Place the handset in the main base for at least 5 seconds to re-register to the main base. • Make sure the handset is not too far from the main base when trying to use.
You might want to try one of the DECT or a Digital 2.4 or 5.8 GHz phones, they allow you to use multiple handsets at the same time.
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Ge Telephone Solutions Handset can not link. • If any handsets become inoperable, place it on the main base
cradle for 20 seconds to re-register. No dial tone • Check or repeat installation steps • Make sure the base power cord is connected to a working
electrical outlet. • Make sure the telephone line cord is connected to the base unit
and the modular phone jack? • Disconnect the base from the wall phone jack and connect another
phone to the same jack. If there is no dial tone on the second phone, the
problem might be your wiring or local service. • The handset might be out of range of the base. Move closer to
the base. • Make sure the battery is properly charged (for 16 hours). • Ensure the battery pack is installed correctly. • Did the handset beep when you pressed the TALK/CALL BACK button?
Did the in use indicator come on? The battery may need to be charged. http://www.home-electronics.net/ge/pc/IB/25922GE2_IB.pdf
if battery just replace battery but the head sets are compatible with other handsets of same ghz say 2.4 you just gotta set in base and let base recognize new hand set these phones are practically built the same way but only with new technology
Apparently that one from Ebay looks nice but has issues (not uncommon). If you took it out of the box, charged it fully and its has garbled audio, then the handset or the base is defective, or both, but at least at this point you can get a handset to "communicate" with the base and the "in/use light turns on, when you try to access a line,correct? . If you get the "out of service" message when trying to "move" the "ebay" handset to the other base, it sounds as if the base station and handsets are "coded" and were married together at the factory and one handset won't interchange with anothers base. However, try this before you go the repair service route, or roll the dice with another fine product off EBay :). Unplug and power down both bases, the one from Ebay and your old one. Take the Ebay handset and set it in the charging cradle of your old base. Power up and wait three minutes. Plug dial tone in and give it a try. If it still says "no service" , and won't light the "in/use" light when you try to use it then it won't work with your base, or/and your old handset you lost is somewhere near and is still communicating with its base. Now if you lost your handset weeks ago, then the odds that it is still alive are pretty slim. But I have heard handsets in the warehouse beep for days til their battery dies. You can google cordess telephone repair for service. Good Luck. CG