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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 m.gmail.com 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.

By Max Limpag

Max is a journalist and blogger based in Cebu City, Philippines. He is co-founder of the journalism start-up InnoPub Media.