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Re: Message Waiting Light
(Yet another conspiracy: Apparently the message I posted in this thread earlier today got lost in the system crash.)
I have an answer, after several phone calls and emails, and a lot of frustration. Thanks to one knowledgeable and polite female agent, who sent my problem up to the next support level, I was called by a man in Denver, Colorado, who has been working with voice mail for twenty years.
CenturyLink uses two types of equipment; the one I am on sends a refresh every thirty minutes, and that is hard-coded so that it cannot be turned off. The man in Denver told me that my phone, a Cortelco 2200, is the only one he has encountered which responds to the refresh signal by turning on its LCD and showing the `message waiting off' message.
I suppose I can get used to, and ignore, this on the phone next to my computer keyboard, but I don't want this with a new phone in the bedroom. I'm trying to find a reasonably-priced phone with Caller ID and a hold button (my two main requirements,) and every time I think I've found one, I discover the unit to be battery-powered, with reviews saying that the batteries die quickly.
I don't get many calls, so perhaps a battery-operated unit will be acceptable, but I'd prefer not to experiment, so shall continue looking for a line-voltage device.
(Ironically, the LCD lit up just as I was about to post this, so I am still aware of the thing. I sent an email to Cortelco about the problem, complete with CLink name and phone number in Denver; I've not received any reply, and likely won't, alas.)