Hi, I'm Nathan.Sorry to hear that you're having trouble with this but I'll do my best to help you.
What is happening is that your callers are reaching a voicemail service provided by the phone company. It is answering before your home answering machine has a chance to pick up the line, which is why you hear a different greeting about the mailbox not setup, and why you get no messages when checking your home answering machine.
The solution in that case is to contact the phone company and have them cancel/remove the voicemail service from your account, OR as an alternative, you could just stop using the answering machine and use the voicemail function instead. You can record your own greeting on the voicemail if you like, and voicemail actually has several advantages: it is always on, meaning it will work even if the power goes out, while the answering machine could stop taking or playing messages if it is ever damaged or unplugged. VM will also work even if you're on another call, with answering machine, the 2nd caller would just get a busy signal. For these reasons, I tend to recommend voicemail over using your own machine, simply because it tends to be more reliable and accessible. The choice is yours of course though.
If you need more info on how to use the voicemail I can explain that as well.
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If century link is your phone company, you'll dial your full 10 digit home phone number, from the home line. This routes you into the VM system.
You may be prompted to enter a pin - if you don't have one look on your phone bill, and if it doesn't show there you'll have to call century link to provide it for you.
There will then be voice prompts that guide you through listening to messages and recording a greeting.