[guispeak] Goggle Opens Gmail Service to Public Via Mobile Phones

  • From: Chris McMillan <chrismcmillan@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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  • Date: Thu, 25 Aug 2005 17:23:53 -0400 (EDT)

Google Opens Gmail Service to Public
By Nate Mook, BetaNews 

August 25, 2005, 11:20 AM

When Google unveiled its instant messaging client yesterday, there was only one 
problem: Google Talk requires a Gmail account, which has been invitation-only 
since its beta debut in 2004. This changed on Thursday, however, as Google 
opened Gmail to anyone in the United States with a mobile phone.

The mobile phone requirement was designed to prevent Gmail accounts from being 
created by robots and stop spammers from signing up multiple times. Google will 
send an invitation code via SMS, which can then be used to register with Gmail. 
Only one account may be created per phone number.

"We're also working on some new mobile features that will make your Google 
account more useful and secure, such as SMS alerts and password recovery," said 
Keith Coleman, Gmail Product Manager.

"When you sign up using your mobile phone, you can choose to save your number 
with your account so you can use these features as soon as they become 

At the moment, Gmail only works with U.S. phone numbers, but Google plans to 
extend support internationally in the near future. Gmail, which offers 2.5 
gigabytes of e-mail storage space, is already available in 29 languages.

Google Talk natively integrates with Gmail, automatically populating the 
friend's list with e-mail contacts and directly enabling the composition of 
e-mail from the IM client. Logins for the Jabber-based Google Talk network are 
also utilize Gmail addresses.
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