It works: Gmail mobile app on SE K750i and Smart connection

I finally got my Sony Ericsson K750i to work with the Gmail for mobile application released last week. The first time I tried it, I couldn’t get the inbox to load.

It was puzzling as I could access the Internet using Opera Mini. I kept changing Internet settings and I still couldn’t go past the “loading” screen for the inbox. Just as frustration was threatening to boil over, I spotted the solution.

Gmail for mobile application on K750i ACCESSING GMAIL ON K750i. I finally got to connect to my Gmail account using my Sony Ericsson K750i and a Smart Buddy connection. Click on photo to enlarge.

It turns out that you have to specify the Internet settings for Java applications in the K750i. If you’re using a Sony Ericsson with a Smart account, this might do the trick for you: Go to Settings then Connectivity then Settings for Java and pick Smart Internet. That solved the issue for me and I can now use Gmail on my phone.

The application is indeed faster and better to use. I have never been able to use the K750i’s default email program to connect to my Gmail account. I remember spending days trying to make it work a few months back, to no avail.

The only other option left for me was to access the account using the address, which serves up pages that are specially formatted for mobile devices. This served me well for times when I needed to check my email and I couldn’t get to a computer with an Internet connection.

The Gmail for mobile application, however, is a better and more integrated way of using your Gmail account in your mobile phone. The Gmail team promises “serious speed” for the application and it does load fast albeit a few times I noticed that it seemed to plod along, whether from a slowdown in my mobile connection or the Gmail server, I really have no idea.

The downloadable Java application also comes with the look and feel of Gmail, including the rendering of messages into conversation views, the feature that sets Gmail apart from other e-mail service providers.

With Smart’s mobile Internet access costing just P10 for 30 minutes, using your phone with Gmail becomes easier and convenient with the Gmail for mobile application–all at an affordable cost.

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13 responses

  1. Hi Max,
    I’m envious. I’m still trying to figure out how to get Gmail for Mobile Application working on the Motorola Razr and the help screens on Google don’t really help.

  2. Thanks for this solution, finally got it to work on my K750i

  3. hey,
    am from India and use a “Hutch” (Orange) connection. Whenever i try connecting to gmail im unable to do it –


    It says “communication failure. secure communication failed.”

    any idea that im having a wrong setting or if the Service Providers mistake.

    and im not able to browse any webpage directly by entering the address i have to go to google , search the webpage and then go to the webpage.

    please help me out !!

  4. Sherwin Ong Avatar
    Sherwin Ong

    Hello Max,

    I have not tried the gmail application with my phone. I just bought a new phone, a Nokia 6233 which almost has the same features with the Sony Ericsson K750i.

    At least you also have a advantage of using Smart’s mobile internet access which is cheaper than that of Globe. Globe charges kilobytes per seconds which is expensive.

    Hope globe can bring down it’s mobile internet charge.

    By the way Max, have you tried to look at I accidentally stubbled to it here on the internet when someone told me from the blog to look into for applications on my mobile. (Please do also try to look at

    I will stop here for now. More power to you!!!

    Sherwin Ong

  5. I also had problems on my phone SonyEricsson V800 but I solved it in the end. I can tell you that the app is great and very fast, it has that old Google look. Everything is great but if you have other accounts like Hotmail, or Yahoo mail you will have to install another mail app. I use Movamail for all of my mail accounts including Gmail.

  6. Thanks for the advice! I’ve got it working now on my SE W810i, on the Dutch T-mobile network.

    Instead of “Smart internet” (which wasn’t among the options) I’ve selected “T-mobile internet”

  7. Sander,
    That’s great to hear. “Smart internet” is only available if you are a subscriber of the Smart network in the Philippines. What you essentially do is just pick the Internet connection setting for your mobile phone network.

  8. Svein Are Avatar
    Svein Are

    Well, I still have problems with my k750i. I get Opera Mini etc. working, but the Gmail app keeps giving me the “Sorry, the Gmail mobile app will not work on your phone…” message.

    I have downloaded and installed (and verified it is listed) the certificate that is needed (ref.


  9. nic norman tugaff Avatar
    nic norman tugaff

    i have a e mail account and i already configure the setting on my phone on smart communication. and ive tried to send on my phone…
    the phone response envalid passwod or mailbox pass word…
    can you help me? thanks

  10. I have tried it with my w700i phone and I succeed..thank you again..It solved my problem…

  11. It worked for my russian k750i 😀
    I just changed to MegaFon Wap 😉

  12. 1. go to settings for java
    2. make all java apps use the internet profile u created(the one u use to browse)

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