Google has made its Google mail web-based email service available to all in the UK, ending the invite-only policy it’s taken since launching in 2004.

Anyone can now create a free account at and get access to over 2.8GB of free space. The Google-mail service includes anti-spam and search features, and also integrates with the Google Talk instant-messaging application.

Jason Cook, product marketing manager for Google UK, said that email is the second most popular activity on the internet after search in Europe, and claimed that Google-mail would make it easier for UK users to access their data “wherever they are, whatever the time”.

In addition, Google has released a new downloadable Gmail for mobile application in the UK, allowing mobile phone users to access their email on the move.

The free service automatically syncs with users’ web-based Google-mail account and allows them to read, reply to and search messages. It also enables users to access email attachments such as photos, PDF and text documents on their phone.

In order to use Google-mail for mobile, users need a Java-equipped handset and data services. People from UK whose handsets meet these requirements can now go to on their mobile phone’s browser and download the application right away.