Windows Live Messenger contacts showing as online even though they are offline

Maiku cmaiku at
Fri Sep 19 15:32:22 EDT 2008

On Fri, Sep 19, 2008 at 2:16 PM, Richard Laager <rlaager at> wrote:
> On Fri, 2008-09-19 at 14:01 -0500, Maiku wrote:
>> As of 2.5.0, MSN has two ways it does mobile messaging. The first is
>> when the contact sets up their mobile phone with MSN, possibly through
>> an MSN client on their phone, and they will be able to log on and off
>> with it. The other method is done when you set a contact's mobile
>> number. Then you can send text messages to their mobile phone, but
>> they appear always online.
>> I'm starting to think there ought to be a distinction between the two
>> modes as not everyone wants to use the latter mode.
> Could we just disable that second mode for now and then try to figure
> out how it should be used, if at all? I've got contacts with their
> phones *on* where messages to them just disappear into the ether.
> Richard

I wouldn't mind disabling showing the contacts, with mobile numbers,
set as mobile, as long as we managed to add the same text messaging by
being able to add mobile numbers as contacts. This text messaging
feature is the only way I am able to talk to some people. That way you
would have to explicitly add a mobile contact with the intent to send
them text messages, rather than them just appearing online.


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