(Updated: Engineering Problem!) T-Mobile Blocking 3G Video Chat On Nexus S/G-Slate

Update: As it turns out the folks over at AndroidPolice had already discovered this problem a few days back and the trouble is due to engineering resource constraints. Due to such engineering constraints T-Mobile blocks the specialized P2P mode that Google uses to connect video chats.

Nexus S owners have been hit with some disappointing news with the arrival of Android 2.3.4 which gives them the above error when attempting to initiate a video chat over 3G. “You must be connected to a WiFi network to start a video chat.” Uh oh. We’ve been able to independently confirm  Engadget’s report that this is indeed a problem for a multitude of Nexus S owners. The puzzling thing is that this feature is working just fine for Sprint Nexus S 4G owners on their own 3G network.

As a secondary note at least one T-Mobile user is seeing the same issue reported on his G-Slate on T-Mobile’s 4G network. What gives Tmo?

Via Engadget

Thanks Zeon and Tenkely!

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  • MSalam11

    T Mobile is starting to become garbage. 

  • http://profiles.google.com/scottoldfield Scott Oldfield

     Thanks for posting this. I’ve been frustrated by this since I was able to upgrade and further frustrated when @androinica:twitter posted his interview at Google I/O with someone from the Android team that confirmed this. Hopefully we’ll hear something from Tmo. They seem to pay attention to you.  

  • Guest

    ….and the takeover begins.

  • http://twitter.com/iGNetworks iGNetworks

     Oh the developers said that this is a Google issue not T-Mobile.

  • http://www.facebook.com/omgitzjose Jose Guitian Cicero

     well they cant crap on the iphone anymore i guess

  • Biggloulou

     AT&T in the works, I’m telling you watch……FML

  • alt-mobile

    Just giving you an update that the site wasn’t loading for me in Google Chrome (when it always had before) but it’s loading fine in Firefox.

  • http://twitter.com/domineus Malcolm Williams

     haw haw!

  • Anonymous

    That’s some fuckin bullshit!

  • http://twitter.com/Zeon45 Oscar Zeon Dominguez

    I know it was blocked on the Nexus S but I’m surprised its blocked on the G-Slate. This seems like a very AT&T&T move. Is T-Mobile purposely trying to implode to get the merger approved ? I really dislike CEO Humm it seems he was only put here to successfully facilitate this evil merger… I would not be surprised if the Nexus 3 will be a Sprint exclusive or be unlocked with AT&T 3G/4G bands… #sayno2att !!!!

  • Jarrod

    I can under stand the nexus s but not the gslate because it is a 4g device unlike nexus s

  • Anonymous

     lol was this not a huge advertising point for t-mobile. ( oh you can chat with no wifi with us )wifi with us )

  • tmnsreader

     Sneak preview of things to come with AT&T merger.

    • Whitegurl77

      @tmnsreader yea wateva I have an infuse which I got yesterday while I admit at&ts network and data plans are crap there not the greatest at least I can make video calls when I have an h+ icon no wifi needed I kno cuz I have been doing that since day one. So its a T-Mobile thing only cuz apparently at&t allows them over 3g just like sprint. We dnt need wifi like u people on T-Mobile

      • Anonymous

        Completely incorrect. T-Mobile was the FIRST to allow 3g/4g video chat. See the commercials where they make fun of the at&t iphone NOT being able to video chat without wi-fi. It is specific to the nexus s and possibly g-slate and is more likely a google issue and NOT t-mobile.

      • Tito!

        hahahah laugh in your face whitegurrrrrl77. XD

        AT&T sucks and you know it! :) 

        • Whitegurl77

          @ tito I kno I admit at&t sucks I just got the infuse 4g cuz I like the design and specs. But hey at least they don’t block video calls over 3g. Even I’m shocked cuz I kno atts 3g network is overloaded so I was thinking video calls for sure are not gunna work for my surprise they did and the quality is not that bad its not wifi quality but its acceptable

        • Giraffe

          T-Mo is “blocking” Google video about as much as AT&T is “blocking” Amazon Appstore.  Get over this crap :-)

        • Yourallwankers

          Everybody just complaining about stuff here!

          I’m on TMO using video chat just fine… Works flawlessly!

          You need to hack your gchat database.db file. Takes 1 minute

          Your all a bunch of posers who don’t know the first thing about your phones…

      • Tito!

        hahahah laugh in your face whitegurrrrrl77. XD

        AT&T sucks and you know it! :) 

      • Tito!

        hahahah laugh in your face whitegurrrrrl77. XD

        AT&T sucks and you know it! :) 

      • Tito!

        hahahah laugh in your face whitegurrrrrl77. XD

        AT&T sucks and you know it! :) 

      • Tito!

        hahahah laugh in your face whitegurrrrrl77. XD

        AT&T sucks and you know it! :) 

    • Tito!

      who said the merger is legit going to happen? :) 

    • Tito!

      who said the merger is legit going to happen? :) 

    • Tito!

      who said the merger is legit going to happen? :) 

  • mac

     wouldn’t this be a google issue? i don’t exactly see t-mobile popping notices on my screen lol

  • mac

     wouldn’t this be a google issue? i don’t exactly see t-mobile popping notices on my screen lol

  • Anonymous

     I can remember T-Mobile throwing their ability to video chat over their regular Network in AT&T’s face, now they are playing the same lock down the network bull shit game as AT&T pulls on a regular basis. I;m sure the boys over on the XDA network will be able to figure a way around this lock down. I sure hope they can.

    • Tito!

      They have an agreement with QIK! NEVER compare the two! they are apples and oranges, my friend. :)

      Google Talk, isn’t all that great anyway. that UI? are you kidding me? XD
       

    • Tito!

      They have an agreement with QIK! NEVER compare the two! they are apples and oranges, my friend. :)

      Google Talk, isn’t all that great anyway. that UI? are you kidding me? XD
       

      • Anonymous

        Doesn’t matter! T-mobile shouldn’t be blocking anything, period. Sprint’s early term credit deal is looking better and better. Thanks a lot T-mobile.. I used to be your biggest fan.

  • Alfaleon84

    You think that’s bad my nexus s i9020a AT&T 3g bands data speed are cap upload around 12kb and download around 2.30 MB my nexus one did 10 times better on upload and download so really I don’t know who to blame google or at&t

  • Osama

    Good your guys like to say: oh we are Google true sons…BS!!!! Get a life! G2x guys!!!
    And don’t come with sensation-gay!
    Lock bootlegs…LOL…loll…vanilla!

    • http://twitter.com/borodin1 Eugene Borodin

       uhm…. what?

    • VIVIT

      So what you are trying to say is that we are “true Google sons”? G2x is a true Google experience phone.
      And what about the sensation? 
      And I bet you don’t even know the difference between a “boot LOADER” and a “boot LEG”
      Really now.  

    • mikeyo

      dumbass dunecoon 

  • Tito!

     Please let it be known T-Mobile has an agreement with Qik? Ya’ll act like you actually cared or will even use Chat via Google Talk constantly. 

    Stop defaming the Network.
    that Google Talk UI is way too ugly worth defending. :)

    • http://twitter.com/borodin1 Eugene Borodin

       As a matter of fact, I would use it all the time.

      Network is going to crap without me doing anything.

      Talk UI is fine.

      That’s all. 

    • Wesley

      and the qik app that loads onto the gslate does not do live video chat….

  • Tito!

     Please let it be known T-Mobile has an agreement with Qik? Ya’ll act like you actually cared or will even use Chat via Google Talk constantly. 

    Stop defaming the Network.
    that Google Talk UI is way too ugly worth defending. :)

  • Tito!

     Please let it be known T-Mobile has an agreement with Qik? Ya’ll act like you actually cared or will even use Chat via Google Talk constantly. 

    Stop defaming the Network.
    that Google Talk UI is way too ugly worth defending. :)

  • http://twitter.com/SocalFrank1 Frank Alvarez

     Looks like T-Mo is learning the ways of AT&T already

    • Noel

       Thats what i was abt to say. Recently i have realized i can’t get internet on my N1 as fast like i used to….i have been getting slow connections and many failled attempts to connect in areas where usually i will get connected easily…..hmmmmmm hope it ain’t so, cz that will be bad and might result in ppl taking the exits. We don’t want that Att type stuff on Magenta…thats why we are all speaking against the buy out, take over, merger or what ever it is called.

  • Youngt82

    If the deal does happen, lets have faith and see, who knows it might now be that bad, because we”ll have at&t and t-mobiles network together so it would be a much faster network lol

    • Jayq330

      They haven’t even been bought out yet & already att’s values are being incorporated onto t-mobiles plans. So it’ll only get worst.

  • http://twitter.com/whfsdude Will

    Sounds like it could be because T-Mobile is using carrier grade NAT (CGN) where Sprint is still able to assign external IP addresses.

    Need IPv6 ASAP!

  • Eamon

    Its not an engineering constraint. I have it working on my Nexus S, you only have to change one value from true to false in a database file in the data partion. I can put the steps up if anyone wants to get it working.

    • J-Hop2o6

       email David: http://www.tmonews.com/submit-news/ .. and let him know so he can make a note of it on his post.

    • http://beerpla.net Artem Russakovskii

      What’s this variable called?

      Also, I never said at Android Police that it was an engineering contraint – that referred to complete different points. It’s simply T-Mo’s decision to block it for an unknown to me reason.

    • johnnn

       Please do put those steps up!

    • Andrew

      I saw that there is a hacked version of the Gtalk APK on XDA-developers that allows for this too.

    • Andrew

      I saw that there is a hacked version of the Gtalk APK on XDA-developers that allows for this too.

    • Andrew

      I saw that there is a hacked version of the Gtalk APK on XDA-developers that allows for this too.

    • Andrew

      I saw that there is a hacked version of the Gtalk APK on XDA-developers that allows for this too.

  • Anonymous

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  • Anonymous

    Kinda feels like the T-Mobile Commercials can backfire now with the WiFi only video conferencing.  Let’s just hope it’s just a temporary hold back..

    • Andrew

      Seriously..  how can T-Mobile run commercials bashing the iPhone for only allowing video conferencing on Wi-Fi and then turn around and do the exact same thing?

      • http://tmonews.com David

        This isn’t the same thing and you should be able to easily recognize that. I don’t see how you can even compare these two.

        • FlyinR

           I think it is exactly the same thing.   It T-mo forces us to use wifi, then how is it different?  

    • Andrew

      Seriously..  how can T-Mobile run commercials bashing the iPhone for only allowing video conferencing on Wi-Fi and then turn around and do the exact same thing?

  • Noel

     Tmo should take note…DON’T GET YOUR LOYAL FOLLOWING PISSED BY THIS TYPE OF STUFF…else lots of ppl might start heading for the EXITS. We are all hoping that the anti competitive buy out doesn’t materialize…thats why most of us are speaking strongly against it. So this Att type stuff should not start rearing its ugly head on Magenta. Recently abt two month or so i have started experiencing slow connections or lost connections in areas where usually i will connect w/o any difficulty. It is just like one is being throttled even tho it is just the begining of the billing cycle in which case there is no way to have used even a Gb of data. With EM+ one is supposed to be unlimited data with a 5Gb cap b4 begining throttling. So hopefully Tmo doesn’t try to copy any bad traits from those other carriers…else all the love they are accorded by the 34 million or so customers will start to wane fast and make some to peel off. I want us (Magenta family) to remain 34 million strong and to build on that strength to 40, 50, 60+ million

  • Jayq330

    Ever stone att got in t-mobile’s buisne business everything’s been going to sh* t! T-mobile always made you feel that everything they did was for there customers & now it feels like att’s its all about us & f#(k there customers, I get it, att bought you & now you have to do what they say. If your going to go, its always best to leave on good terms.

    • o0cynix0o

       AT&Suck hasn’t  bought T Mobile…..yet.

  • http://twitter.com/mrmiddl75 david middlebrooks

    another reason i’m glad i didn’t grab the NS. seems Google dropped the ball on this one.

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  • Anonymous

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  • http://twitter.com/anjiecai anjiecai

     nexus 3 ftw yeahhh waiting till that comes out

  • Anonymous

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  • Sam

    I didn’t expect this to work because TMO does not support video calling over their network, which is no different than this…I had the nexus s and updated to 2.3.4 and had the same issue, so I sold it and now using the g2x big mistake!! G2x doesn’t last a half a day, I even swapped multiple batteries…now I just carry 3 batteries to get me by for the entire day. It’s a shame how advanced these phones are, yet their batteries haven’t changed much. Also I’m back to 2.2 :( which is depressing once you’ve been used to gingerbread since December.

    • Giraffe

      wait, when did T-Mobile stop using Qik? Or stop putting FFCs on their top tier phones?

      • Sam

        You’re right, but those are specific apps…you cannot just grab a phone and make a “video call” it’s apps like Qik, Tang, or Fring. With other networks the user is able to click on a contact and hit video call and the other phone receives it like a regular call but with video…you can call TMO and ask them, they will tell you that it’s not supported by their network.

        The best way to test this is to use a non TMO phone such as a Nokia with video calling capabilities and attempting to place a video call, you will not be able to place the call…try it on AT&T and you’ll place a video call with no problems.

  • http://twitter.com/BiGMERF Merf

     any update on this? its pissing me off ! lol

  • Anonymous

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  • Anonymous

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  • Hernan H

    Tmo can suport it, they just choose not to. Today I tether my nexus s to my wife’s nexus s and video called my laptop. The video and sound quality was phenomenal and all done over tmobile’s 3G.