GE 29868GE1 Digital Answering Machine
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I'm tossing it out and buying another...
Voices are harsh, garbled, fuzzy and have an unnatural electronic tone. Also, if the speaker does not speak in a consistently load and clear tone, the sound just drops out completely (you don't even get the pause, so its almost impossible to guess what is being said). I have lots of messages to call at, say, 25149.
I have also experienced the problem, noted by another reviewer, of the unit erroneously indicating memory full and refusing to function.
I long for my old Panasonic tape-based answering machine, which preceded this one. Are all digital machines this bad, or is this GE model particularly egregious?
I'll be throwing this unit out shortly...and kicking myself for not returning it when I could.
Don't buy it.
Don't take it if someone offers to give it to you for free.
Don't take it even if someone wants to PAY you to take it.
Since I bought it new just a year or so ago, this piece of crap has been an unbelievable hassle. Every few weeks the "F" indicator would light, supposedly indicating a full memory, even with NO messages stored. The only way to reset it was to unplug the unit, at which point it would lose all of its settings, even with a BRAND-NEW battery installed. About every third time when I hung up the telephone, the machine would beep and lose all of its settings. I gave up recording a greeting early on, because it never lasted long enough to make it worth while. Finally, today I hung up the phone and the machine immediately displayed "8" in the message counter and went completely dead. DEAD. Unplugging and replugging, removing the battery, nothing works. The buttons might as well not be connected to anything. It's a paperweight.
HOW can any company market a piece of junk like this that does not work??? I will NEVER buy another GE home product. NEVER!
I read the user guide that comes with the product and there is no information in there (nor on the web) on how to address this problem. In addition, I have found that it is just about IMPOSSIBLE to get "customer service" or any help whatsoever (either via the web, or by phone) from "Thompson Multimedia" .... the company that makes "GE" branded consumer electronics, including this answering machine. THAT makes it highly UNlikely that I'll buy another one of THEIR products again. I hope they saved alot of money on their 1-800-voice-jail system, because they just lost future sales (from me an perhaps others) over it.
Well gotta go now .... off to the store to replace this 2-week-old broken down piece of junk with another machine (from another manufacturer of course). Hopefully, I'll have better luck this time. Bye!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Originally I bought this machine over 10 years ago. And when it died recently after a lightning hit I wanted to replace with exactly the same model because I loved it and got so... Read morePublished on August 12, 2014 by M. Khan
Every 2 weeks, the machine shows F, even when there are no messages on it. While the F is showing, the system will not accept messages. Read morePublished on October 6, 2004 by Imre A. Pattantyus
I bought this machine hastily to replace my Bell South which only lived a short life. This machine was a waste of money. Read morePublished on October 23, 2003
great machine when it is working, but the digital memory flashes "full" when there is nothing in the memory. as a result it does not function as answering machine. Read morePublished on May 2, 2002 by E. D. Pons