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Our GigaOM mail is using GMail and normally everything works just fine.  I can either interact with the mail using the standard web interface or with Apple Mail under IMAP.  The iPhone can interact with the mail using IMAP too and everything is hunky-dory.  When it […]

Bim_043_2Our GigaOM mail is using GMail and normally everything works just fine.  I can either interact with the mail using the standard web interface or with Apple Mail under IMAP.  The iPhone can interact with the mail using IMAP too and everything is hunky-dory.  When it works.  The past two days everything works as advertised when I’m in my home office but as soon as I leave my cocoon of happy WiFi things start going bad.  I can connect to an external hotspot via WiFi and everything works as expected except the IMAP portion of GMail.  I can interact with my mail using the web interface just fine which is good enough but Apple Mail cannot connect to the GMail IMAP server.  That means the iPhone can’t connect to it either meaning no email for me without the laptop.

It’s not any particular hotspot as I’ve had the same results in two different ones.  When I figured out that IMAP wasn’t connecting I turned WiFi off on the MacBook and plugged in the Verizon EVDO modem.  Guess what?  Same results, which is darn strange.  No IMAP for me since yesterday unless I am in my home WiFi network.  What could that be?  I’ve seen commentary on TWITTER that indicates others are having GMail problems too.  It’s a royal pain, especially not getting GMail on the iPhone away from home.  Did Google change something yesterday?

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  1. I can use Gmail IMAP on my phone just fine, but this is in Thailand.

    Maybe the problem isn’t with Gmail but with the mobile carrier?

  2. Ah, that might explain some funnies we’re experiencing here with a couple of IMAP accounts…

  3. iphone and outlook sync is all fine on the three wifi and one EVDO modem I use regularly. But that’s not going to help you unless you move to Australia :-)

    Gordon

  4. ive been having the same problem with my iphone as well. started today. all i get is the spinning wheel and the “connecting” display. i hope this isnt a bug in the 2.2 fw.

  5. ive been having the same problem with my iphone as well. started today. all i get is the spinning wheel and the “connecting” display. i hope this isnt a bug in the 2.2 fw.

  6. Same problem here in Ottawa Canada since 6 am EDT Dec 2nd.
    Carrier is Fido/Rogers via 3G.
    I haven’t tried Wi-Fi.
    What changed?

  7. I just got my Baen come get yer Shadow of Saganami email via my paid gmail domain email off my iPhone 3G here in Seattle using AT&T.

  8. Hey Gordon,
    hope all well mate. I see that you got an iphone. I have been struggling in choosing between an iphone and the blackberry bold. Need some help this way! I use GMAIL, update my personal website, facebook, msn and surf the web (Countless emails per day too!).

    Any suggestions? just email me if needed on alwaynmatthomas@gmail.com.

    Cheers,
    Al

    P.S. I am in Aus which is why I needed a local users advice!

  9. Wrong email – alwynmatthomas@gmail.com or comment on this blog.. which ever.

  10. Is IMAP a paid for GMail service? What does CS say?

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