How long has Google Mail been in this beta/invite only status? I recall invites floating around about 2 years ago. Mind you Google doesn't need to push it since they've got millions of people on their service already.BladeSabre said:You need to get an invite from someone. I can give you one if you want - just PM me your current email address and I'll send it over.
Well I suppose they can afford to keep it on a strictly invite only basis,peopl will always want Google products. The big problem, as you say, is that fact that it takes forever to get a name you like. For me it would be something like firstname.lastname@example.org - not very catchy is it!BladeSabre said:Originally it was designed to regulate the number of accounts, so the whole world didn't sign up at once and overload their servers. (They only provided invites at the rate at which they were able to accept accounts.)
However, I believe they intend to keep it like that permanently. I remember reading that they want to make it slightly more difficult to get an account, in order to help prevent abuse.
It's not difficult to find someone to give you an invite. I have 100, and they replenish faster than I can use them. (So my offer extends to anyone on this forum .) And like you said, there's millions of people who have accounts. I guess it just takes a little time and thought.
Hi johnnytrumpet,johnnytrumpet said:Hello all. I have stumbled into your very interesting forum while surfing in an attempt to discover how to get a googlemail account when I live in the uk... I was directed straight to this thread, so was a little disorientated to discover that it was off-topic for this forum. However, it looks like a good place to be for a chap who does a little programming and the odd electronics repair in his spare time, even if some of the high-end electronics mentioned in the other threads goes somewhat over my head. So I will check back regularly, and hopefully learn a thing or two.
Anyway, would it be cheeky to ask if anyone has a spare googlemail invite? Or knows the best way to get one, as noone I know in the real world uses anything except hotmail...
That scheme is not available in the UK, hence why I haven't heard of it. Anyhow, thats an options for residents of those countries, thanks for the info n9352527.
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