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    Push Gmail for iPhone and Windows Mobile

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    Those of you who live in your Gmail inboxes usually want to know what's happening with your email more instantly than standard fetch mail on your phone allows. Sure, using Gmail in your mobile browser gives you all the benefits of conversation threading and starring, but you still have to refresh every time you want to check for new mail.

    When we launched Google Sync for Contacts and Google Calendar earlier this year, an over-the-air, always-on connection to sync mail was noticeably absent. We heard your requests loud and clear, and starting today you can use Google Sync to get your Gmail messages pushed directly to your iPhone, iPod Touch, or Windows Mobile device.

    You can set up push Gmail by itself or choose to sync your Contacts and/or Calendar as well. If you're using an iPhone, make sure you're running iPhone OS version 3.0 or above (on your device, click Settings > General > About and scroll down until you see Version). If your software is out of date, follow Apple's upgrade instructions. Then, visit m.google.com/sync from your computer for set up instructions. If you're already using Google Sync, you can just enable push mail.

    Once you're set up, new messages are normally pushed to your phone within seconds. While this type of speed is pretty awesome, push connections tend to use more power than fetching at intervals, so don't be surprised if your battery life isn't quite what it used to be. We've done a lot of work to optimize power usage, but if you prefer to save battery life, you can always turn off push in your phone's settings and fetch mail every 30 or 60 minutes instead.

    Setup Instructions:

    Via Google Blog
    Last edited by srl7741; 09-22-2009 at 05:40 PM.

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    I'll try this when I get home for my iPod Touch.
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    Very slooooooooow

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    I just switched over and tried this new option also and I'm still waiting to even see one email. If it's not broken don't fix it has always been my rule and now that I've broken my own rule I'm paying the price.
    I may delete and return to the traditional trustworthy method.

    Edit* In all fairness, seems many others are having the same delays as I. So to be fair I will give it time to resolve it self. I'm sure thousands of people are trying to setup Gmail Push at the same time.
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    I don't use Exchange so this doesn't apply to me. I'll keep my gmail setup the way I had it pushed to my iPod Touch.


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    Exchange is how it's setup. You can sort of just look at "Exchange" as a word and not an exclusive only for "Work Email". It should be noted that only one exchange account can be used on the iPhone. So for example if your using Exchange currently for work then the Gmail setup will not work.
    Google is using the Exchange features to setup and deliver it's Push features.

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    I had already set up the Calendar & Appointments, I just added Mail and it seems to be working great.
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    I set it up again and this time it seems to work pretty good. I will say the test emails came instantly followed a few seconds later on my other (original) Gmail account setup. I chose to only sync email and it still tried to take over my Contact and Cal events with entries in my navigation menus. They are empty since I did not chose to sync those. I wish it would not do that.

    It seems to all work great. I'm still not going to be using it. It's kind of late in the game as I use MM and don't need it now.

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