This sounds like a familiar problem - not just with a virgin phone line, but with BT as well. My new cordless phone system won't ring for an incoming call; neither the base, or the handsets. I have reset them several times and sometimes they ring and sometimes they don't.
At first I thought it was a faulty phone (new BT with answerphone and 2 handsets - my old one worked fine), but having read of so many similar problems on the internet, I don't think it is.
I have read the troubleshooting instructions on the forum. I understand that this could be something to do with the 'REN', or a 'too low voltage to enable ringer to work'. Not being technically minded I have no idea how to establish these things. Perhaps some would kindly enlighten me?
There are also quite a few posts (in various places) about engineers coming out and 'changing' some wiring, either in, or on the property, or at a nearby substation (probably not the right word).
I run my business from home and have missed several calls because of this. I can take my phone back to Curry's, but too many people have had two or three new phones replaced and encountered exactly the same problem.
Thank you very much for responding so swiftly. It is both the handset(s) and the base/answer machine and it appears to be spasmodic. I will reset everything and they all ring, and then suddenly they don't, or one does and another doesn't, without me touching or changing a thing. (The answer machine picks up messages OK though).
My old and similar phone system worked fine, but I have not tested anything in another house. This sounds so much like the problem that others have encountered and it generally isn't the phone....so what next? Is there an easy way I can check REN, voltage etc? Can you explain a bit more about these?
Well...blow me down Craig! I have just tested this brand new system again, by calling my landline with my mobile. On first try the base and base handset worked, but the second handset didn't. I phoned again and then they both worked, followed by an incoming call that rang on both base and the two handsets....???
I tried again and now the second handset isn't ringing. Doh!
As you can imagine I am loath to return my phone system yet, as more than a few posters on various forums have replaced their systems, once, twice and, on occasion, three times and still had the same problem.
Can you explain a little more about the REN and voltage issues, which seems to me to be the next step in the troubleshooting process.
Thanks for the response, I explained how the line voltage can affect your line in my previous post, from the situations you've described, I don't think that's an issue here.
If we're able to rule out the handset as a potential cause of the problem, I'll be able to escalate this from our end for the line to be fully investigated. You can rule that out by trying a completely seperate handset system on your line, or your handset on another line. Do you have a corded handset handy? Long shot I know, but worth it if it saves us time in getting this resolved.
OK Craig - I will reconnect the old system I have just replaced and see if that works (I don't have a corded phone I'm afraid). I won't get this all sorted today; off to work now, but will get back to you once I have completed this part of the troubleshoot.