Forgive us if this is old news for you, but we just recently discovered Gmail Mobile, and we are loving it. Basically, it’s a tiny app for your mobile device that allows you to read and respond to your email and open up attachments — all very quickly (much faster than trying to look at Gmail through your phone’s internet browser). This is just what we needed, since we use Gmail for all of our email and were having trouble getting our @shmobile.com email to work properly on our phone. Speaking of phones, we use a Sony Ericsson k750i, but we think this should work on most phones with GPRS service. Here are some other requirements, according to Google:
Requirements: The downloadable application requires a Java Virtual Machine (JVM) to run. Certain devices, such as Palm Treo™ or Windows Mobile™ smartphones may not come pre-installed with a JVM. Depending on your phone model, you may have a choice between a web-based version and a downloadable application. Please see our help center pages for more information. This service is free from Google but charges from your carrier may apply.
You can find China Mobile GPRS charges here. We opted for the RMB 20 GPRS tao can (套餐 or literally “set meal”). That gives us 50 MB a month, and it is 0.01 RMB for every KB we go over. Call 10086 from your phone to set up a plan.
We have never used a Blackberry device before, but this seems like it must be kind of similar. Only difference is with Gmail messages don’t “push” to your phone automatically. You need to hit “refresh” if you want to see new messages, but we kind of prefer it that way.
To download Gmail Mobile, just visit gmail.com/app on your mobile web browser.
And no, we are not friends with someone named “Buck Rogerson.”