Problem with Pidgin and getting Chinese characters instead of English

David Woolley forums at
Mon Jun 7 03:29:51 EDT 2010

Alex Garcia-Rojas wrote:
> Hello, I've been using Pidgin for a while now and have not been able
> to fix a problem I've been having.  If I am talking to someone who has
> the mobile device image next to their screen name, most of the things
> they send to me get changed into what looks like Chinese rather than

Which version of Pidgin?

Which service?

What client is the other party using?

What does the Pidgin debug log say?

Which country is the other party in?

> being in English.  I don't know what is causing this problem and it
> only ever happen when talking to someone listed as being on a mobile,
> and it has started up a few months ago I think.  If you can shed any
> light on this as it gets very difficult communicating with people when
> i can't understand almost any of what they type to me.
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