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Feature 981 is displayed as an inactive feature and not available

Our electricity was recently shut down over night and when power resumed the next day we had no voicemail. When I enter feature 981 I get the message "inactive feature." We have no voicemail and the phone never gets answered when we are not in the office.

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How do you power off?

Posted on Jan 13, 2014

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    Lindsay Wilson Jan 13, 2014

    How do you power off?

  • Jill Kristine Jan 15, 2014

    You have to unplug the system, if you can. unfortunately one of ours is hardwired and we are going to flip the breaker.

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Try powering off the voicemail system and and then power it on again. I've had it happen many times that after a power failure they just don't boot up correctly.

Posted on Jul 30, 2009

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