Seeing as how I couldn’t get my typical email setup working well on the E61, I decided to poke around with some alternatives. I’ve been using Google Mail to get notifications for work already. They have an option to forward all messages but keep them in the inbox, which I have setup to forward all inbound emails to my TMobile SMTP gateway address. SMS notifications on inbound messages, and effective history, so it’s what I’ve been using for informational messages from the production servers. They have a nice mobile interface as well that’s usable from a browser.
So I decided to hack around not being able to get the email client to do what it’s supposed to in terms of fetching updates by setting up SMS notifications and using GMail. Gmail has a POP interface, which I found out from the fantastic E-Series blog does work with the messenger app. Both POP and SMTP actually. So I can get my notifications via SMS, and if necessary either connect to messenger or connect with the browser and do what I need to. I did have to poke around a bit to get this working though. Seems like it might be a TMo specific problem. Fetching email was fine, but SMTP didn’t work as described other places. I had to turn on encryption, but put the port back to 25 (standard SMTP). I remember someone mentioning that somewhere, maybe in a post about using GMail + TMo on the 6680 or something. So here are my settings for the connections (this seemed to be the trouble part):
- Incoming email:
- incoming mail serv: pop.googlemail.com
- mailbox type: POP3
- Security(ports): SSL/TLS
- Port: 995
- APOP secure login: off
- Outgoing email:
- Outgoing mail serv: smtp.googlemail.com
- Security (ports): StartTLS
- Port: 25
That got me up and going with Gmail on TMobile. Sure would be nice to try out other public email services using POP and SMTP directly from a handset. Yea, that would be really cool.