7 Replies Latest reply: Sep 29, 2009 7:02 AM by javigon
markdr Level 1 (90 points)
Apparently the official version of gmail push is now active. Im wondering if anyone has it working. I tried, but apparently you need to use an exchange account instead of the normal way you would add the gmail account. Unfortunately, the iPhone permits only one exchange account on the phone and I, as well as others Im sure, already have an exchange account set up on my phone.
Anyone know if this is the ONLY way to do it besides an app? Or is it back to using an app to get my gmail pushed to me?

PC, Windows Vista
  • prk60091 Level 1 (40 points)
    the best alternative is use mail.app and set up gmail imap and then set it to fetch ( i set it to fetch manually - but u can fetch every 15/30/60 minutes) i get ALOT of emails in my gmail acct so i am virtually guaranteed an email any time i look at my email- i also have office exchange acct set up and my mobileme is set up for push
  • Jeff Breitner Level 2 (360 points)
    I found that the push with Gmail just kills the battery, regardless of how much mail I'm getting. So I went back to using the dopushmail application and manually syncing mail with IMAP.

    Really saves the battery.
  • Helmet2279 Level 1 (50 points)
    in this case pushmail + imap syncing is your friend.
    no other way to get true gmail push (as recently released by google) mail other than exchange.
    you are correct in that indeed exchange is the ONLY way aside from an app...
  • TauZer0 Level 1 (0 points)
    I agree with Jeff. Been using gmail push through Exchange for the last few days, and the battery life just dropped noticeably. Some days I didn't even make it to the end of working hours! Now I switched back to dopushmail and IMAP.

    I think the problem with push through exchange is that instead of a notification/badge, gmail is actually pushing the entire message to your phone, and if you get anything with large attachments, it will drain your battery really quick. I noticed that 'cause when I opened up an email with exchange, the attachment was already downloaded. I wish they'd just send the notification, sms style and update the badge on the mail app, instead of pushing the entire message to our poor, battery starving iPhones!
  • mjpearce023 Level 1 (0 points)
    I have had push mail for a while. It was on sale for 2.99. It sends emails to your phone like an sms. If you want to respond you still have to go into your email though. It sends an email to your phone in sms bubble in about 3 seconds from when it was sent. Great app!
  • Jeff Breitner Level 2 (360 points)
    The problem might be that Microsoft's MAPI is really chatty, and all the queries to and from the server requires the phone to fire up 3G and respond over IP. Over and over, all day long. If you've ever watched Outlook talk to an Exchange server, I think Google's implementation isn't much removed from that.

    One specific handset manufacturer gets around this problem by having their own enterprise server talk to the Exchange server, and then they have their own battery friendly protocol to talk to the handsets.
  • javigon Level 1 (0 points)
    Hi everyone,

    I have been trying out the push mail for iPhone and I have to say that it works but not like it should, taking into account that it is a google service.

    First of all, as most of you have said, the battery draining is incredible... However there is some other bugs that are very unpleasant; if your name contains an accent(like mine, Javier González), the mail reader will be sent a mail from Javier Gonz?lez; and what is even more annoying, the message is randomly tabulated, so the mail will seem to be some kind of poem; it means that the message will contain myriad of unwritten returns, which is incompressible for such a claimed google service.

    If I have committed some error with this, or if you know how to solve this bugs I have claimed here, I will appreciate any help'