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The portable phones do not ring. The phone line is open,and

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the portable phones do not ring. The phone line is open,and able to communicate, just no ring to alert that there is a call . I have tried the trouble shooting. to see if the ringer is off, If so, I can't figure out how to turn it on.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Phone Systems
Expert:  Louie replied 1 year ago.

Hi and welcome to JustAnswer,

Thank you for the question and your patience. Should you still need assistance for information purposes only...

Initially, bear with us; re-confirm and post back with the complete model number of the phone system. Additionally, please confirm:

  • • there is a dialtone;
  • • able to make a successful outgoing call.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
model# ***** yes there is a dial tone. yes able to make outgoing call. with static
Expert:  Louie replied 1 year ago.

Appreciate the additional information Judith.

Is there a "bell icon" with a slash mark displayed in the handset's screen?

Have you tried pressing on the + button when the handsets are indicating an incoming call ?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
no speaker with slash also volume is on. on first test after I restarted , phone rang once, so I think volume is ok.
Expert:  Louie replied 1 year ago.

Other than ringing, do the base and/or the handset show any sign of an incoming call?

And who is your phone service provider please?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
nothing showing on handset or base. provider is at&t
Expert:  Louie replied 1 year ago.

I understand and two (2) possibilities:

  • • call forwarding;
  • • VoiceMail (not the Panasonic's built-in answering machine).

Have you tried calling the Panasonic's number and note if it:

  • • would ring at least in the calling phone;
  • • or a voice announcement of sorts;
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
no call forwarding, and no voicemail when I call from another phone to the portable phone I get static and it cuts my phone off before it can make a connection.
Expert:  Louie replied 1 year ago.

These results are rather significant particularly "...static and it cuts my phone off before it can make a connection..."

Have you brought this to the attention of AT&T?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
no, thought it was the portable phone since we can call out. what do you think?
Expert:  Louie replied 1 year ago.

Doubtful that it would be a Panasonic issue basically due to the presence of "static".

Even if it were a problem with the "portable phone", the base unit would show some sign of an incoming call.

Or more significantly, the "...other phone..." used to call the Panasonic should be able to hear the ringing even if not the portable phone / Panasonic handsets.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
My sister and I have been able to talk if we both know when to pick up the phone as the line is open when I call. That is why I suspect the ringer is off, but have tried all the reasons for it to be off, and nothing works. So I will check with at&t, but since the phone does work, don't know what will happen. Thank you for the suggestions, I'll let you know how it works out.
Expert:  Louie replied 1 year ago.

Yes please; an update when able.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I am closing this window shortly, so won't be responding. Thank you
Expert:  Louie replied 1 year ago.

I understand.