Gmail goes universal in India

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HYDERABAD: Now one can be in possession of a Gmail account even without getting invited. Google Inc., which own the email service has banished its invitation-only practice to unfurl a revamped open-to-all service while also making available a new downloadable Gmail for mobile application for Indian users.


"Web-based services like Gmail give users more control over their information by making it easier for them to access their data wherever they are, whatever the time. We are delighted to make our Gmail service universally available in India,’’ said Keith Coleman, product manager.

Gmail had been running as an invitation only service ever since its inception in 2004. Gmail, which has 2.8 gigabytes of free space, is integrated with Google Talk, which facilitates instant messaging.

One can avail of the new downloadable Gmail for mobile application through Java-equipped handset and data services. The application is free of charge. Gmail for mobile is automatically synchronized with a user's web based Gmail account enabling reading, replying, archiving and searching through emails. Email attachments like photos, PDF and text documents can also be viewed from mobile devices.

"People expect to be able to access their email whether they are sitting at their desk or walking down the street.  If a message is urgent users need to be able to read it immediately.  Gmail for mobile will also help people make better use of their time as they will be able to check emails waiting for trains or in taxis.  This new application means that no matter where you are or which device you are on, you are always in control of your email conversations,’’ added Coleman.

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