Coffee break- GMail not playing nice

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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