You might have experienced difficulties sending emails from your laptop or cell phone from more than one location (e.g. at home, at work, staying in a hotel, visiting another city or country). This is because the SMTP server assigned to you by your ISP only actually works when you're connected to the internet through that ISP.
As soon as you connect to the internet through a different network you lose your ability to send emails! This is a security measure used by ISPs to prevent people sending spam through their servers, but it's also an annoying problem for laptop and PDA users who want to be able to use their email on the go, for instance, on a business trip in China.
Why can't I just use Hotmail email in China?
Many mobile users in China or other countries switch backwards and forwards between their regular email program and a web-based email program like Hotmail. Obviously it's possible to use a web-based program anywhere in the world, but these systems have their own drawbacks. Not only do you have to send mail from a highly unprofessional email address (email@example.com, for instance), but it's also hard to keep track of your emails when you're hopping between your different email accounts. Who needs the drama? Wouldn't it be better to just use the same account, and the same email program, wherever you are? That's what we think.
SMTP is the protocol used to send email China over the internet. When you send an email it gets sent to your SMTP server, which then forwards it to the recipient of your email. Obviously in order to send email you need an SMTP server that works! SMTP2Go is an SMTP server that works all the time, wherever you are in the world.
If you are a westerner in China, you can still use your favorite service and apps such as Microsoft Edge, Safari, Chrome, Bing and Yahoo. However, other services such as Facebook, Instagram, Gmail, Google, Snap Chat, Twitter, and Dropbox are blocked.
You may like to check out Baidu, it is the most dominant browser in China.
The functional email in China options include Outlook, Yahoo, AOL, and Hotmail. Moreover, Skype and Whatsapp function correctly at the time of writing.
Yes, it will be delivered. However, the question is irrelevant! Emails delivery depends on the recipient.
The email you sent from Gmail originates from the Google servers, then the server transmits the email to the destination Chinese email service server, and finally to the recipient's email address. Therefore, your email will reach the user in China.
If the recipient email address is a Gmail, the user can assess the Gmail account through a VPN service.
Do you want to access your Gmail email service in China without going through the VPN route ? You can just link your Gmail account to another email address that is not blocked in China.
The settings are simple, you can go to your Yahoo! Mail settings, Click on Account > click the Add Another Mailbox link, and choose Google. After that, all you need to do is to add the account details of your Gmail account and you are done.
The next time you want to check your Gmail address, just log in to your Yahoo! Mail account and check emails or send emails from Gmail account you linked to your Yahoo! Mail.
In a scenario where you have a smartphone that is roaming data, you can access all your online services without restriction because the Great Firewall will not block any service on devices accessing the Internet through data roaming service.
You may choose to use local WiFi to access the internet and switch to your roaming data when you want to use services (email in China) that are censored in China such as Facebook and Gmail.
On the second note, if you are using WiFi or the sim of a local carrier in China, you may choose to use a VPN to access your Gmail service and other online services that are blocked in the country.
Apparently, the procedure of downloading and setting up VPN service in China can be complicated. Therefore, it is better to have your VPN up and running before traveling to avoid the stress related to VPN set up after arriving China.