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GMail Lifted Invitation Only Registration

February 10, 2007 by  

If you go to GMail you’ll notice that everyone can now sign up for a GMail account without he need for an invitation from an exiting GMail user.

Unlike other free web based email service, registering to GMail uses SMS verification codes where you have to enter your mobile phone number to get an invitation code directly.

The phone number is stored to manage the number of accounts created per phone. Supplying your mobile phone is compulsory and one of the reasons why GMail is by invitation only or uses SNS verification codes is to prevent abuse of the system especially spamming.

If you are using GMail, do you receive fewer spam emails as compare to other web based email services like Yahoo Mail or Hotmail?

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Comment by pinolobu
2007-02-11 00:37:28

once i got to using gmail, i never rarely went back to using my yahoo and definitely not the lumbering hotmail.

spam control i think really good.

btw, i noticed registration at Orkut also no more invite-only.

 
Comment by Wahlau.NET
2007-02-13 00:17:08

i thought it was long taken away..but invitation are still there

Comment by Gaman
2007-02-13 00:52:18

Invitation by existing users was removed recently actually

http://blogs.zdnet.com/Google/index.php?p=472

But you can still ‘invite’ yourself.

 
 
Comment by Joneh
2007-02-13 00:34:23

im used to yahoo 2GB email… any positive thing about using gmail? im sure they have but can anyone compares it to hotmail or yahoo? pro and cons? thanks.

Comment by Gaman
2007-02-13 00:55:00

I am more to yahoo too. Unfortunately my gmail was spammed to death but I hope to ‘fix’ that soon.

Comment by Undertypo
2007-02-16 08:00:59

Agree. Google just have a lot of spam, Yahoo as well.

Until now, only my hotmail receive the least spam among these 3 mail provider.

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