i thought that was just an option for business users. couldve sworn you would be able to upgrade your regular gmail to business to get the push but i guess not.I think the answer is no. I think you need your own domain name to use for Google Apps for Business. I don't think you can use your gmail address.
Looks like they make it fairly simple to purchase and configure a domain if you use one of their partners:To sign up for Google Apps, you provide an Internet domain name for your organization.
You can register a domain name. $8-12/yrIs it possible to upgrade a @gmail.com account to a Google Apps for Business account so that I can still have push when using the native mail app in iOS?
Same. I did it way back, when my school pulled my .eduI'm a proponent of controlling ones own email address. If you purchase a domain name you can own it for life (or the end of the internet, whichever comes first) and decide who will host your email. I did it way back when @home became @comcast.