So all day I’ve been having trouble getting into Gmail from my desktop client (Mail.app) as well as from my iPhone. Sure, Gmail, has the occasional hiccup, but all day? I decided to try and track down some service status info, and from what I could tell things were just fine.
After doing a quick web search I finally hit upon something that might help: my Gmail account might be locked.
Why would an account be locked? Really not sure, I didn’t to anything out of the ordinary so your guess is as good as mine. What I do know, though, is that if your account is locked there’s no indication of it, you just get either a connection error or a rejected password error.
If you ever run into this sort of situation yourself, try going here from the computer you are having trouble from and see if it does the trick, worked great for me:
Earlier today both Apple’s MobileMe and Google’s Gmail services each experienced their own hiccups today leaving millions of users unable to access their email.
For Gmail the problem was first reported at roughly 5pm Eastern time and was caused by a problem with the contacts system used by Gmail. Around 7:30pm Eastern things were back to normal.
Two and a half hours…not too bad.
MobileMe users, however, got the short end of things as their outage lasted closer to seven hours. The problem was reported around 2pm Eastern and seemed to affect just POP and IMAP users. People logging in to http://www.me.com/mail were still able to access their email, but those checking their email from Outlook, Mail.app, Thunderbird, an iPhone, etc., were left without email until things were resolved around 9pm Eastern.