May 16 AT 7:04 PM Alberto Vildosola 30 Comments

T-Mobile blocking Google Talk’s video chat feature when using 3G

The number of people that are able to enjoy Google Talk’s video chat feature freely just got even smaller than before — hard to believe, I know. Previously, to use video chat with Google Talk, your phone needed to have Android 2.3.4 and a front-facing camera — aka just the Nexus S.

Now we can add one more “if” to that list. To use the feature wherever you wish, you’ll need to own Sprint’s Nexus S 4G. Since T-Mobile is currently blocking its Nexus S users from using video chat over the carrier’s 3G network.

When Google Talk users try to initiate a video call over 3G, a message pops up saying: “You must be connected to a WiFi network to start a video chat.” Huh?! What happened to that “Truly Unlimited” sign you have all over your homepage, T-Mobile?

In summary, to video chat wherever you want with Google Talk, you’ll need to buy a Nexus S 4G from Sprint. If Google Talk with video chat gets one more requirement, that last remaining guy that’ll be able to use it won’t even have anybody to use it with.

Via: Engadget

Alberto is a college student living somewhere between Miami, Sarasota and the World Wide Web. Although a former iPhone owner, Alberto is now a proud Android enthusiast. You can follow Alberto on Twitter and Google+ for his thoughts unworthy of an article.

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  • wwJOSHdo

    WOW! That is REALLY GAY! And I have Sprint! But I care about other Carriers to! I don’t hate on anything BUT APPLE. LOL

    • DistortedLoop

      How REALLY STRAIGHT of you to point that out.

      • http://Website Lube

        Calm down fruity

        • http://Website geah

          I lol’d.

    • http://Website T-erriblemobile

      wait, teen-mobile has 3G???

    • http://Website @neidlinger

      It is really ghey of T-Mobile to do this. The more and more i see what T-Mobile is doing the more and more i think they are turning into AT&T. I guess they are getting the lube out for when they rape us.

  • http://Website oscillik

    you can use Google Talk with Video on your phone to talk to ANYONE on a computer that is also using Gmail.

  • http://Website mista2x

    Could this also be the reason the u stream app crashes when you try to record live over 3g? I noticed it after the 2.3.4 update.

    • Artem Russakovskii

      No, it’s not the same reason.

    • http://Website Richard Yarrell

      As usual someone posting as me……THEY NEED TO GET A LIFE OR BUY ONE…..

  • http://Website tokinotabumblb

    Wow that’s messed up. Already having AT&T rubbing off on them. Good thing I already switched to Sprint. T-Mobile is already showing signs of changing for the worse.

    • http://Website Tito!

      T-Mobile was always up for protecting their 3G network.
      they did it with tethering, & what do we have now:
      the most limitless welcoming convenient form of tethering & wifi hotspot service at no cost.

      ya’ll just a bunch of babies.
      it’s JUST Google TALK! (what is so great about that?)
      besides that, if you want reasoning:
      T-Mobile has an agreement with Qik .
      that’s far more better I think .

      Meanwhile Google’s “openness” is great, let’s not pretend the restriction will never be lifted.
      Besides, I like Qik’s UI at this point in time then this Beta Google Talk! XD

      People are silly :)

  • DistortedLoop

    I’ve got phones active on Verizon, TMobile and AT&T. I’ve been thinking about cutting back a line, but wasn’t sure if it would be TMo or AT&T. My favorite phone is probably the Nexus S on TMo, but their service isn’t very good around here (north Los Angeles), and this blocking action doesn’t do much to help endear TMo to me any more. One more check in the “drop ‘em” column for TMobile.

  • http://Website Leo

    Wtf is this? is this now an iphone? C’mon tmobile!


      Tmobile is AT&T. It might as well be an iPhone.

  • Artem Russakovskii

    I’ve actually confirmed this at Google I/O – indeed, T-Mobile is blocking the P2P communication method required for GTalk video to work. A shame really.

  • http://Website Gary Tzu

    What the article states is not entirely true.

    If you have a rooted phone / custom ROM, you can install a modified version of Google Talk that allows video chatting on WiFi AND TMo’s 3G. I do this with my Nexus S and it works.

    • http://Website Hans

      another round of fragmentation, eh? :D

      • http://Website Tito!

        Google Talk is a mere app, that hardly anyones uses.
        Not the Android OS as a whole, so no, not fragmentation necessarily. XD

  • http://Website Maja

    Facetime on my iPhone is not blocked! Thank god i got an iPhone.

    • http://Website lovo

      ur sooo Riiiight cuz u can use facetime on 3g..oh wait u can’t do that either


      You are a troll. GTFO!

  • http://Website mrkeepon

    The fix is simple:
    $ adb pull /data/data/
    $ sqlite3 gservices.db
    insert into overrides (name, value) VALUES (‘gtalk_vc_wifi_only’, ‘false’);
    (control-d to exit sqlite)
    $ adb push gservices.db /data/data/
    Then restart the phone.

  • http://Website LeBron James of Miami Wheat

    You meandroid clowns are really pathetic. I wonder what your lame excuses are for this mess. You better get a real, working (i)phone.
    Ironically, they call this shit google TALK….hahahaha but there is none

    My iPhone 4 never fails on VZW.

    • http://Website Richard Yarrell

      Your Iphone wil become USELESS as soon as you add LTE to it. Just like all the other USELESS DEVICES ON VERIZON…LTE drains your battery like hell. I’d love to see how great that garbage you call iphone 4 will be if it had LTE in it…

  • http://Website Tito!

    How ’bout T-Mobile is in agreement with Qik?!
    Don’t ever try to dogg on my T-Mobile, when we all know they are the one’s with the least presumable limits.
    How ’bout Google Talk sucks? & we prefer Qik anyway .
    I’m sure the UI on Qik is much better, & not in Beta .
    I can get people to join Qik anyday, meanwhile Google, though I Love them.
    they’re not well known to be used as the likes of “Google Talk”

    T-Mobile FTW!
    Qik, FTW! :)

  • http://Website schwiz

    sounds like at&t is already calling the shots!


    Why are trolls here? gtfo trolls.

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  • Koko

    Iwamt to talk & video chat with my andirod