Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Google Talk's video chat over 3G blocked by T-Mobile

If you want  Google Talk's video chat to work, you will need an Android phone with a front-facing camera and the 2.3.4  build of Google's OS. For example the T-Mobile Nexus S and the Sprint Nexus S 4G. If you want to use the feature anywhere where your carrier has coverage, you can only use the Sprint model. Why? Because T-Mobile is blocking the video chat feature over its 3G pipelines.

If a T-Mobile Nexus S user tries to use the Google Talk video chat, he/she gets a message saying "You must be connected to a WiFi network to start a video chat."

Most future Android phones are equipped with front-facing cameras. Once the new handsets are launched with Android 2.3.4 and the other models receive upgrades to that build, the number of phones able to use Google Talk's video chat will grow in number tremendously.

What do you guys think? Are you with Google on this one? Or T-Mobile is right to do whatever they want with their network? Feel free to share your opinion in the comments below.

source: AndroidCentralForums via Google