Google Mail to become Gmail in the UK

Google on Monday announced that they will soon start offering their @gmail.com address to residents in the UK again. Previously, UK registrations were only allowed an @googlemail.com address.

UK residents who currently have a @googlemail.com address can freely keep it the same if wanted, but Google will begin to offer the option to finally switch to a @gmail.com address soon. The transition will begin later this week as new UK registrations will get an @gmail address while current customers will get the option to switch over the next week.

"Since "gmail" is 50% fewer characters than "googlemail," we estimate this name change will save approximately 60 million keystrokes a day. At about 217 microjoules per keystroke, that's about the energy of 20 bonbons saved every day!"

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Actually 'gmail' was available in the UK when the invite only service first launched, and any existing account continued to be usable despite the trademark dispute.

Google were eventually forced to only offer 'googlemail' to new accounts in the UK for several years - but those original 'gmail' accounts were always available to any Brits that had one.

I can't face the agony of updating all of my online logins and accounts, I would waste several thousand bonbons worth of energy doing that so I think I'll have to stick with googlemail.com... Autofill saves the effort, Kudos to google though, power to the people.

I'm keeping my @googlemail.com address, even if I will be given the option to change it.
I don't know why, saying "googlemail" just sounds better to me.

I remember it used to be Gmail back in the early days, certainly was when I got it.

Its worth pointing out though that regardless of if you registered '@gmail.com' or '@googlemail.com', you will still recieve emails sent to both domain. So even if your email address is registered as "someone@googlemail.com", you would still receive any emails sent to "someone@gmail.com", its been like that for ages.

If you send an email to someone@gmail.com, they'll still get it if they're in the UK and their address is actually someone@googlemail.com

jporter said,
Can I convert my gmail.com to googlemail.com?

You should first ask them how many bonbons they need!

paokun said,

You should first ask them how many bonbons they need!

Is this a trick question? Are the bonbons measured before or after their feast of bananas? After would entail an increase in the Global warming as there will be an increase in co2 and methane concentrates.

zerrar said,

Is this a trick question? Are the bonbons measured before or after their feast of bananas? After would entail an increase in the Global warming as there will be an increase in co2 and methane concentrates.

Couldn't be more true! At least they didn't say 'Piece of cake!' ;-)

I was lucky enough to grab a @gmail.com before they changed it to @googlemail.com

tbh, if i was stuck with @googlemail.com i wouldn't of bothered as the address is too long.

i've even been thinking about buying mobile.me service from apple as the @me.com addresses look great.. i'm just wondering how it weighs up against gmail though?

Google - Where a bonbon is suitable and acceptable unit of measurement, seems odd how they switched then switched back again.

Huh. I always wondered why my sister was @googlemail.com and I was @gmail.com.

Actually, I don't think this clears it up really, we were both in the UK. Maybe I just made my location "US" while it was in Beta...

Intrinsica said,
Huh. I always wondered why my sister was @googlemail.com and I was @gmail.com.

Actually, I don't think this clears it up really, we were both in the UK. Maybe I just made my location "US" while it was in Beta...

They were using gmail for the UK at the beginning. Sending to a @Gmail when they signed up to a @googlemail still worked anyway so it was a bit of a null point. They just couldn't offer it as the official address at registration because of a trademark issue, but now they can again.

~Neowin~ said,
I never knew that google gave googlemail.com in UK. Is googlemail British English and gmail US English?

No, it was due to a lawsuit they couldn't call it gmail

rob.derosa said,

No, it was due to a lawsuit they couldn't call it gmail


More of a Trademark dispute that a lawsuit really. Another company in the UK had tradmarked the term "Gmail" here in the UK and was using it legitimately. Google was unable to get past that and had to use GoogleMail instead.

Not sure what's changed though. Perhaps that original company went out of business, or their trademark expires? Or Perhaps Google paid them muchos pounds to release the mark to them. Who knows?

Einlander said,
Google can care less what you use, as long as its thier service.

"couldn't care less", not "can care less"!

Yeah as some others here, I already thought we had the option of using both???

I especially hate when people correct me when i say that. I deliberatly mean 'can care less'. There are things that sometimes every time you think about it, you care less about it, until you purge it from your mind.

Sometimes people use words to state a specific meaning however wrong it sounds/

Einlander said,
I especially hate when people correct me when i say that. I deliberatly mean 'can care less'. There are things that sometimes every time you think about it, you care less about it, until you purge it from your mind.

Sometimes people use words to state a specific meaning however wrong it sounds/

By itself it makes sense but the second part of your sentence doesn't agree with the first semantically therefore if you truthfully claim you used the (incorrect) expression correctly then your sentence is uninterpretable.

Fred 69 said,

By itself it makes sense but the second part of your sentence doesn't agree with the first semantically therefore if you truthfully claim you used the (incorrect) expression correctly then your sentence is uninterpretable.

I know it's off topic but yeah ... the phrase i completely nonsensical unless you want to say that basically this IS something of importance to Google. "Couldn't care less" means it's worthless and not interesting. "Can care less" suggests it's actually important and contradicts the usage of it 99% of the time. It's ONLY Americans that misuse this phrase. lol.

Ok I see. I just like to imply that any given moment when a topic is brought up, the level of my caring decreases. Even when its at zero.

Einlander said,
Ok I see. I just like to imply that any given moment when a topic is brought up, the level of my caring decreases. Even when its at zero.

If it's at zero then surely you "couldn't care less"

boo_star said,

If it's at zero then surely you "couldn't care less"


+1 Indeed. The term appropriate here is "couldn't care less". Which implies the care level is the lowest possible. Saing "could care less" or "can care less" implies Google do currently care to a certain degree and there are levels of care below their current level.

Edited by Ryster, May 4 2010, 9:24am :

Um... I've for 4 gmail accounts signed up in UK which were during the era of "googlemail.com" but they work with just "gmail.com" too. so this really makes no difference to anyone.
If you have a @googlemail.com, it is also a @gmail.com

Correct, in fact, for anyone in which I convinced to convert to gmail, I had to hammer it into their heads and prove it to them because they thought @googlemail.com is too long.

I thought you were allowed to use either address anyway? I'm in the UK and I signed up before it changed to Google Mail over here, and I've been using both "gmail" and "googlemail" addresses ever since.

MightyJordan said,
I thought you were allowed to use either address anyway? I'm in the UK and I signed up before it changed to Google Mail over here, and I've been using both "gmail" and "googlemail" addresses ever since.

also @ grunt yeah you can use either address in an e-mail but all UK accounts are technically googlemail, it just works out who you are if you just put in gmail, you can also miss out things like . and _ from people addresses and it still works.

iLoveKannada said,
60 million keystrokes
217 microjoules per keystroke
20 bonbons


yeppa whats this ?


"Christmas Crackers"

Sraf said,
Mmmmm, bonbons

Any word as to how they were able to do this?

I guess they were finally able to get gmail trademarked.