Gmail Gone Mobile

Google wants you to get your Gmail without fail, even
when you’re away from your laptop or PC.

So today, the Internet giant is enabling Gmail users to access their
messages
from mobile devices.

The service is free to users in the United States, although Google offered
this caveat: Check your wireless carrier contract for details about Web
access or data transfer fees.

Gmail Mobile is designed to work seamlessly with users’ phones and Gmail
accounts. It sizes photos and documents for small screens; allows users to
reply-by-call to people whose phone number is stored in their Gmail
accounts; and automatically synchronizes between Gmail Mobile and Gmail
accounts.

Today’s launch is the latest move by Google to enhance its webmail. It also
recently added customizable Web clips and feeds to the Gmail in-box page,
vacation auto-responder features and the option to create contact groups,
among other improvements.

The competition for webmail users is keen and mobile access appears to be
the next carrot that ISPs and portal players are dangling before users.
Yahoo and Microsoft (MSN Hotmail)
already have mobile versions of their products.

Previously, Google and its rivals have rolled out added storage, spam
filters and antivirus protection among other features to keep users or
attract new ones. Besides building brand loyalty, webmail can serve as an
important way to deliver ads and launch new products to a large number of
people.

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