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Hello mad1963, usually the U-verse phone installation defaults to having voicemail enabled. By default settings it will allow a call to ring 4 times then sends your call to be answered by the Voicemail Service. If your answering machine is set to answer after a higher number of rings then the Voicemail Service is beating your answering machine to answering the call as beebeesa suggested. I have sent you a private message to assist you further if you have not been able to disable your Voicemail with the instructions beebeesa provided.
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