Old 7th February 2007, 20:18   #1
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Gmail is officially Open to all

http://news.com.com/2100-1038_3-6157...-0-5&subj=news
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Google opens Gmail to all

Previously the service, which provides users with 2.8GB of e-mail storage space, has been available by invitation only.

Google on Wednesday said its Gmail service is now open to anyone who wants an account. Previously the service, which provides users with 2.8GB of e-mail storage space, has been by invitation only.

The service, known as Google Mail in the U.K., has proved very popular. When it was launched, Google raised eyebrows with its practice of indexing the content of e-mails so that the company could place contextual advertisements in them. Nevertheless, early ZDNet UK stories garnered hundreds of reader responses from people looking for free accounts.

Google ceded rights to the Gmail name in the U.K. following a court case with Independent International Investment Research, which registered the trademark Gmail in the time between Google's Web-based e-mail 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 6-year-old trademark registration of "G-mail...und die Post geht richtig ab" (translation: Gmail...and the mail goes right off).

Google said it has also launched an application to let U.K. users access Gmail or Google Mail on their mobiles. The application, which will run on any Java-based phone with data services, synchronizes Google Mail on the phone with the user's Web-based account. E-mail attachments such as photos, PDF and text documents can all be viewed from mobile devices, said Google. The application is free of charge. Google said it will be available for download from here.
Matt Loney of ZDNet UK reported from London.
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It took them long enough.
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Old 7th February 2007, 21:24   #2
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YOU STILL NEED TO HAVE AN INVITATION CODE VIA CELLPHONE TO SIGN UP IN THE US. NOTHING. HAS. CHANGED.
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Old 7th February 2007, 22:05   #3
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Thank you captain caps.


This just in:
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http://googlesystem.blogspot.com/200...l-account.html

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/6338183.stm

Users can now freely sign up to Gmail in across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, as well as in Brazil, Australia, Russia and Japan.

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IT was an oversight by Google. That is all.

Though you can always use this:
https://www.google.com/accounts/

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Old 7th February 2007, 22:44   #4
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I know, I know, it's just that this is like the third time news people have reported that GMail is open to everyone and they still haven't gotten there.
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Old 7th February 2007, 23:51   #5
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Well, there were initial links that lead to a signup page other than the SMS thing.

But a couple of mins later the whole thing went '503 Forbidden' and then later it redirected to the old sign in page.

The blog that had the information was updated to show what the BBC had written apparently. Even the BBC has a retraction statement at the bottom. Though CNET hasn't done so yet.
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Old 8th February 2007, 04:48   #6
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[...trumpets play...]

GOOGLE OFFICIALLY WELCOMES SPAMMERS TO GMAIL

[/..trumpets play]

Gmail is good for nothing except as a spam receptacle.

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Old 8th February 2007, 04:48   #7
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I think the invitation code is to limit the number of accounts you can have per cell phone number?
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Old 8th February 2007, 05:25   #8
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[...trumpets play...]

GOOGLE OFFICIALLY WELCOMES SPAMMERS TO GMAIL

[/..trumpets play]

Gmail is good for nothing except as a spam receptacle.
Really? Right now I have...ooo! Three pieces of spam. they are all in my Spam folder though.
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Old 8th February 2007, 06:14   #9
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[...trumpets play...]

GOOGLE OFFICIALLY WELCOMES SPAMMERS TO GMAIL

[/..trumpets play]

Gmail is good for nothing except as a spam receptacle.
That title is reserved for Yahoo Mail.
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Old 8th February 2007, 06:24   #10
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Big whoop. I need another email address like I need a hole in the head.

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Old 8th February 2007, 13:21   #11
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One reason I love gmail is because my domain name's mail only sends stuff to my yahoo account (yahoo is where i got the domain), so when i reply, it shows up as something else. Gmail alows me to send mail as my domain email, its really cool
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Old 9th February 2007, 21:34   #12
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tuckerm : I was trying to set mine up, and I got sick of trying, is it pretty easy?

You still need to send an invite sent to a cell phone last time I checked.

Gmail is the ONLY email if you ask me.
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Old 9th February 2007, 22:38   #13
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Oh yeah, You type the mail in. It'll send you a verifcation mail to the email you're trying to set up. Verify it and then when you compose mail you can select who you want it to be from, Your Gmail Account or your Domain Name email.
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Old 15th February 2007, 02:28   #14
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http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20070214-8846.html
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GMail opens its doors to the world

2/14/2007 12:01:54 PM, by Jeremy Reimer

GMail, the popular web-based e-mail service provided by Google, is going global. Today Google announced that new GMail accounts will now be available to anyone on the planet.

"In keeping with our tradition of Gmail holiday announcements—Gmail was launched on April Fool's Day—we're inviting everyone worldwide to share the love this Valentine's Day," said a spokesperson from Google. "Good relationships require good communication, after all, and we think Gmail is a great tool for staying in touch."

GMail was launched as a beta service on April 1, 2004, and was initially available by invitation only. A select group of initial users were given a number of invites in their mailbox that could then be sent to friends and family members. The invite-only system allowed Google to fine-tune the system and helped to keep away spammers.

In 2005, GMail opened itself to the general public for the first time, but new users had to provide a mobile phone number capable of receiving SMS text messages in order to sign up. This restriction was also touted as a way for Google to limit abuse by spammers.

So does the lifting of the mobile phone requirement mean that GSpam is now inevitable? Not according to a Google spokesperson. "Since we launched Gmail, we've paid particular attention to combating abuse of the system," the company official said, "including building tools for spam detection and taking measures to ensure that spammers have a difficult time sending their spam messages and getting these messages delivered."

GMail still has the "beta" moniker applied to its logo on its home page, but in Google-speak that merely means that the service continues to evolve and add features. Last February the company added GTalk instant messaging support, for example.

GMail has been touted not only for its unusual user interface, which keeps chains of messages organized in threads, but also for its large storage capacity. GMail changed the competitive webmail landscape when they launched by providing 1GB total storage per user. Other free webmail services, such as Microsoft's Hotmail and Yahoo! Mail, were forced to match this capacity to stay competitive. However, GMail has since upped the ante by continuing to increase their maximum storage on accounts, which is now nearing 3GB. GMail also offers the ability to check e-mail from a mobile phone, as well as a POP forwarding feature that allows desktop mail clients such as Outlook to check their mail (Yahoo! Mail also provides these features). Other small niceties include a quick search bar to scan through your entire message store, and an "Update conversation" feature that checks to see if new mail has come in while you were busy typing in a reply to an older message.

While GMail was not the first free webmail application, it has certainly shaken up the competition, most significantly by establishing 1GB storage capacity as a minimum standard.
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ITs official for sure now.

I just checked the signup page and its a traditional form now.
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Now I'd love for them to start re-enabling accounts to be registered that have been used and canceled. They canceled my first account for a TOS fault and I'd like to get it back!
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Old 16th February 2007, 01:16   #16
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If gmail still won't let you attach *.exe or a *.zip with an *.exe inside (yes, gmail scans INSIDE zip files)... I'm not a fan of gmail.
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Old 16th February 2007, 02:43   #17
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If gmail still won't let you attach *.exe or a *.zip with an *.exe inside (yes, gmail scans INSIDE zip files)... I'm not a fan of gmail.
Never heard of that.

I'm pretty sure that renaming the file extension might get it through if it only goes by that.
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Old 16th February 2007, 06:23   #18
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do you know if it will be as good as hotmail?
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Old 16th February 2007, 12:28   #19
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it isn't.


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The interface in GMail is a lot better than Hotmail (or Windows Live Mail, from what I've used of it). I think it also has more space. But then, Hotmail is pretty ass.

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Never heard of that.

I'm pretty sure that renaming the file extension might get it through if it only goes by that.
It's happend to me also.
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Spoiler: This seems obvious.

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