Googlemail open to all

Google on Wednesday morning said its Googlemail service is now open to anyone who wants an account. Previously the service, which provides users with 2.8GB of email storage space, has been by invitation only. The service, known as Gmail outside the UK, has proved very popular. When it was launched, Google raised eyebrows with its practice of indexing the content of emails so that the company could place contextual adverts in them. Nevertheless, early ZDNet UK stories garnered hundreds of Talkbacks from people looking for free accounts.

Google ceded rights to the Gmail name in the UK following a court case with Independent International Investment Research, which registered the trademark Gmail in the time between Google's Webmail launch and the search firm's own attempt to trademark the Gmail name. Its woes did not end there: across western Europe, a quiet battle rages on between Google and Daniel Giersch, a German-born venture capitalist who insists he'll never relinquish his six-year-old trademark registration of "G-mail... und die Post geht richtig ab" (translation: G-mail... and the mail goes right off).

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"Googlemail open to all"...

Hmm... I wish it was! Why I'm still getting the BETA and the "SMS" signup page? Yes, I've tried the SMS signup many times and never received a single SMS. Been wanting to get a gmail account for a long while now. I guess I'll have wait a little while longer :sigh:

furby said,
Did you try the link I posted above?

Yes I did; twice as a matter of fact -- before posting my initial response. I tried (again) just now but to no avail. The link brings up the same old BETA login page I've seen for months... Perhaps the non-invite signups are available only to select countries?? Click signup and I get the SMS signup page (see "sacrifical" post above).

Firecat said,

Yes I did; twice as a matter of fact -- before posting my initial response. I tried (again) just now but to no avail. The link brings up the same old BETA login page I've seen for months... Perhaps the non-invite signups are available only to select countries?? Click signup and I get the SMS signup page (see "sacrifical" post above).

You might be right, maybe it'll take while to update everywhere There are loads of countries in the drop down box on the sign up page. This is where i get in th UK

Jugalator said,
The news isn't that it's not in beta, it's that it's now in semi-public beta
Read the article carefully; it's all about sign ups and nothing about it leaving beta status.
The word "beta" is not even mentioned.

Exactly.

Firecat said,
"Googlemail open to all"...

Hmm... I wish it was! Why I'm still getting the BETA and the "SMS" signup page? Yes, I've tried the SMS signup many times and never received a single SMS. Been wanting to get a gmail account for a long while now. I guess I'll have wait a little while longer :sigh:

Send me a PM with your e-mail address and I'll give you an invite.

The post says nothing about it coming out of BETA... It just says it's open to all, there are loads of google labs stuff that is open to all but still in beta

quotation from gmail's help file:

"Google Mail does not recognise dots (.) as characters within a user name. This way, you can add and remove dots to your username for desired address variations. Messages sent to your.username@googlemail.com and y.o.u.r.u.s.e.r.n.a.m.e@googlemail.com are delivered to the same inbox, since the characters in the user name are the same."

I've been using this for ages now and only few days ago got email from some guy to my email, click it and see whatever@gmail.com instead of what.ever@gmail.com... then i read the quote above and.... apparently some guy has been receiving all my bank mails, passwords and everything like that just because he has created email a few days ago without a dot which i use to separate name from surname...

How could this be possible?
If you registered what.ever@gmail.com you can't sign up and register whatever@gmail.com.
Or atleast I couldn't when I tried it with my gmail. Sending to my.email@gmail.com was the same as sending to myemail@gmail.com

Great, I never knew that. I use a dot in my username. I recently got an id tag for my dog with my email address on it, but after the machine did the engraving, you couldn't really see the ".". Now I don't have to worry if my dog gets lost and the founder doesn't enter the dot.

about time it has gone public.... fyi I have 500 invites still... shoulda used them :nuts:
PM if anyone wants an invite

The service, known as Gmail outside the UK

Those who use it in UK also refer to it as GMail as we don't really care about name collisions from Germany or some tinpot "search firm"'s internal product noone had heard of until they decided to join the "cash in now that Google has some money" bandwagon...
I'm certainly not about to stop calling it "GMail"

Huh, well I've just been to sign up so I can give this a try and it says

Sorry, this is not a valid Google Mail login.

You cannot log into Google Mail using your Google Account username and password.

Google Mail is in a limited test period and is only available to a small number of people who are helping test and improve the service before it is made more widely available.

If you have been asked to test Google Mail and have not yet created a Google Mail account, please click on the link in your invitation email.

If you have been asked to test Google Mail and have already created a Google Mail account, please try to log in again using your Google Mail username and password.

I tried it out quite some time ago, and couldn't find anything it makes it different from other email services, so I stopped using it. Are there any changes now?

I thought you could get the service without an invite. Thats how I got a friend of my to get the service just by signing up on the home page.

ACTIONpack said,
I thought you could get the service without an invite. Thats how I got a friend of my to get the service just by signing up on the home page.

thats what i thought

ACTIONpack said,
I thought you could get the service without an invite. Thats how I got a friend of my to get the service just by signing up on the home page.

That's what I thought as well...either way I love Gmail and have used it as my primary email for almost 2 and a half years now, with everything else being forwarded to it.

You could also create an account on the homepage for Google Calendar, or via Blogger, since they upgraded their service to use gmail accounts.

Wow, GMail has been beta/invite for how long? Its about time they released it to the public.

BTW: I still have 97 invites if anyone wants one.