Gmail Technical Difficulties in China

It gets a bit of a nuisance using gmail in China.

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Instead of operating as it should, it regularly shows the message “We’re experiencing difficulties that may prevent your chats from being sent.”

This is a bit of a white lie, as at such moments I can’t read emails or send any. I am sure it is not intentional by Google and I bet we can all blame the Netnanny but it would have been nice if they had negotiated a better deal in letting gmail jump the firewall without a problem.

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6 Responses to “Gmail Technical Difficulties in China”

  1. Marc
    August 4th, 2006 02:14

    Use Thunderbird or Outlook to read and send your gmail emails, that normally works fine even if the Gmail site is temporarily blocked.

  2. Shanghai
    August 4th, 2006 02:29

    I will try that, thanks.

  3. Fons Tuinstra
    August 6th, 2006 13:44

    Well, it is no solution for your problems but the same happens in different parts of the world. Guess that is one of the reasons they are just beta.

  4. Shanghai
    August 6th, 2006 14:06

    This actually has not much to do with Gmail being in Beta. When I use a proxy there are no problems at all.

    As far as I can see it has to do with slow international routers due to heavy filtering or whatever other blockades have been put in place to frustrate the user experience

  5. phil
    February 4th, 2007 05:06

    make to order your own connection as a laowai. if a chinese person orders from a provider, the chances to have limited bandwith and being monitored is way higher. i heard that from many expats. also businesses tend to have better connections than private ones …

  6. Seb
    March 21st, 2007 08:16

    my connection takes me to a chinese web site
    often no even pop3 will work

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