Re: How does my voice system work?[ Edited ]
10-16-2013 02:13:27 PM - edited 10-16-2013 02:25:04 PM
I would take a wild guess that the beep/tone at the end of the call is the answer machine holding the line, creating a new dial tone, that is a stutter dial tone because you have a message from U-verse welcoming you & saying to set up your voicemail. If you pick up the phone you will have the tone.
Yes you can use either or both as you describe.
Most caller ID phones & boxes also have a message waiting light. Just look for the light. Some do not show calls while you are on the phone. Some do.
Another VM plus I forgot earlier is it takes messages while you are on the phone.
The only screening you can do is by caller ID. Once it goes to voice mail you are not connected. I believe you can build a caller list to make friends and family first names. I do that on my panasonic with voice announcements of caller ID.
You can always go back to POTS. I never left. I just have TV & internet.
The FAX modem is the way FAXes work. Connect it to your dial tone just like POTS.