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Use Gmail to send iPhone email on EDGE and wi-fi iOS devices
If you are like me and noticed that not all your emails were being sent when you were on a wi-fi network because of SMTP server settings for local networks, or you noticed that emails set to send via AT&T's SMTP server would only send when connected to the EDGE network (or you're paranoid about sending email via AT&T servers), you can use Gmail as your master SMTP server that will work over both Edge and wi-fi.

I noticed this issue when setting up my work email with the iPhone. My work email only uses the local SMTP of our ISP. My immediate solution was to use AT&T's SMTP server cwmx.com. But I noticed that this would only send if I was solely on the EDGE network. So if I were at home and I was connected to my wi-fi, I would have to turn off my wi-fi on the iPhone and get on the EDGE network to respond to a work email. I found this annoying.

My solution was to use Gmail's SMTP server with an account that I have there, and then use Gmail to spoof my return address so that the emails would appear to come from my work address.

To do this, first we go to our Gmail account. Under settings make sure that you have the POP function turned on (on the Forwarding and POP tab). If not on already, turn it on for all messages from now on. Save the setting. Next go to the Accounts tab. You will want to add an email account and that is the account that you using Gmail to forward all your messages. Once you add this account, Gmail will email you at that account to make sure it is real and that you actually are the owner of it.

Once you verify the email they send you, go back to the Accounts tab in Gmail (force refresh the page if need be) and select the option to have Gmail "Reply from the same address the message was sent to." This will set the account name spoofing. Next we go to the iPhone and into the Settings section for Mail. Go to the offending account's Outgoing mail server settings, and enter this info:
  • Server name: smtp.Gmail.com:587
  • UserName: accountName@Gmail.com (this is your Gmail address)
  • Password: your Gmail password
Then go to the Advanced field, and turn on Outgoing Uses SSL, and set the authentication to Password. Now you should be done. Enjoy sending all your email via Gmail whether you are on EDGE or wi-fi.
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Use Gmail to send iPhone email on EDGE and wi-fi
Authored by: petieg on Jul 19, '07 09:35:41AM

I agree this is a good solution, but look out for some recipients receiving From: YourEmail@gmail.com on behalf of YourRealEmail@YourDomain.com I'd love somebody to come up w/ a workaround for that.



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Use Gmail to send iPhone email on EDGE and wi-fi
Authored by: milkmage on Jul 19, '07 08:34:59PM
i had the same problem. could send and receive on wifi, but could only receive on EDGE. after a tech support call to my isp, I appended the port number to the server name and now i can send and receive on either EDGE and wifi..

my phone's outbound server setting is mail.ispname.com:587

also check out this tip from David Pogue: "As you complete the setup process in Gmail, a message says: "You can now retrieve mail from this account. Would you also like to be able to send mail as chris456@comcast.com?"

MailFetcher:
http://pogue.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/07/19/a-smarter-way-to-fetch-e-mail/


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Use Gmail to send iPhone email on EDGE and wi-fi
Authored by: eboss on Jul 19, '07 03:13:23PM

If you are paranoid about sending your mail through AT&T, why wouldn't you be about sending them through Google ?



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Use Gmail to send iPhone email on EDGE and wi-fi
Authored by: patgmac on Jul 21, '07 01:07:10PM

Because gmail uses SSL.



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Use Gmail to send iPhone email on EDGE and wi-fi
Authored by: TerryJ on Jul 21, '07 10:40:05AM

Excellent tip! Thank you very much for this info as sending mail from my iPhone has been about the only aggravation at all.

This is a very easy and quick solution until Apple offers and alternative.

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Have a great Apple day!



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Use Gmail to send iPhone email on EDGE and wi-fi
Authored by: ericdano on Jul 23, '07 12:58:51PM
Or if you have DSL via ATT at home check this out

http://helpme.att.net/article.php?item=11255

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Use Gmail to send iPhone email on EDGE and wi-fi
Authored by: robartsd on Jul 23, '07 08:22:37PM

Indeed, using an SMTP server that isn't related to your ISP is usually a great solution for any mobile device that switches networks (like a notebook going between home/work/school).



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Use Gmail to send iPhone email on EDGE and wi-fi
Authored by: daviddel on Sep 19, '07 02:12:30PM

I have followed the instructions to use Gmail but I stlll cannot spoof my original email address so that it shows up in the REPLY TO
Any advice?



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