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10. Email and Messaging > A Mobile Gmail Gateway

A Mobile Gmail Gateway

Access your Google Gmail account via a custom proxy.

Google Gmail is among the most popular web-based email services available today. The Google Gmail service not only offers 2 GB of free storage space, but it also provides great email management functionality such as filters and advanced message search. Although Gmail does not provide a mobile web site, it does support SSL access to the SMTP and IMAP servers. Hence, you can use techniques mentioned in “Send and Receive Email on Your Phone” [Hack #60] to make Gmail available on your phone.

In this hack, I will introduce an alternative technique by building a custom mobile portal for Gmail. It supports Gmail-specific features such as email filters, and gives you more control of your email to make better use of the limited wireless bandwidth. You can potentially use the same hack to aggregate your multiple email accounts and eliminate your dependency on operator or third-party WAP email portal servers.


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