GMail Lifted Invitation Only Registration
Posted on 10th February, 2007
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?