I think Google enjoys teasing everybody with Gmail. There’s always rumors and hints that give the impression that they’re about to open up Gmail to everybody. Take for example the 2800 Digg users in December who Dugg an article saying that Google had opened the registration to everybody. That time, it was really only opened up in Egypt.
This time, if you visit the Google and click sign-up, you’ll be taken to the page where you could use your mobile phone to sign-up. On the bottom of the page they have a Frequently Asked Questions page which says “Can I sign up without the invitation code? Or without a mobile phone? By clicking on that link to get the answer, you’re brought to a page that looks like this:
Great news, right? According to the page, anyone in the world is now welcome to create a Gmail account. Unfortunately, when you click on the link that they provide to sign-up, it takes you right back to the sign-in page. No such luck.
What this does indicate though, is that Google is definitely preparing themselves to open up Gmail worldwide, probably sooner rather than later. The screenshot above shows that the page was modified on Monday, so I’m surprised that it’s Wednesday, and they still haven’t pulled it yet.
Thanks for the tip Curtissthompson!