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

Richard Laager rlaager at
Fri Sep 19 12:03:52 EDT 2008

On Fri, 2008-09-19 at 11:37 +0200, Pepijn Schmitz wrote:
> Ah, yes, I should have clarified that. I thought it would be implicit
> in my remarks about mobile phones icons, about this behaviour changing
> in version 2.5.0 and about Pidgin showing them as "online", not
> showing them period....
> I already have "show offline buddies" turned off, but Pidgin
> nevertheless shows some offline MSN contacts in my contact list, and
> shows them as online and available, with the green icon and
> everything. I have verified with Windows Live Messenger that they
> really are offline, and they don't appear to be receiving my messages.
> The common factor seems to be that all these contacts have a mobile
> phone icon next to their buddy icon in Pidgin.

I'm seeing the same thing: users are NOT online, but are showing as
online/mobile in Pidgin and don't receive messages I send them.

How exactly is this mobile stuff supposed to work?

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