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Friday, April 20, 2007

What is the difference between Gmail.com and GoogleMail.com?

I have seen a few people with an e-mail address as Googlemail instead of Gmail - This made me curious. But when I tried to visit the website www.Googlemail.com, I was re-directed to www.Gmail.com . So what's the difference? Theoretically, the names differ, but practically they're the same. This discovery led me research further and this is what the explanation seems to be.

Googlemail is not different; it is the mail solution trademark for certain countries where the Gmail domain wasn't available. Let's have a quick test. Open you email account, other than the one provided by Google, let's say Yahoo. Login to yourID@yahoo.com and send a mail to your Gmail/Googlemail account but instead of your domain, write the other name (Gmail for Googlemail and vice versa). Check your Google account. The mail is here, isn't it? That's why I'm saying they are the same, so stop requesting a different domain.

As you know, Gmail is the mail solution provided by Google and released in 2004. Since the official launch of the product, it was till recently available only by invitation, no free registration being allowed. Starting with February 2007, the search giant decided to make it a public beta and made it available for free for all Internet users. Although it was only a private product, Gmail managed to gather a huge number of clients because every user was able to send no more than 100 invites to his friends.

When Gmail was released, Google described the service as the mail solution with the largest file storage size, offering approximately 1 GB. Then, it evolved and received a lot of new features and functions, all of them included in the freeware product available today. Now, Gmail is regarded as the most secure mail service because it is able to filter the spam messages sent from any address. Keep rocking Google!!


  1. Anonymous said,

    hehe, I got 2 gigs,

    on 5/03/2007 11:05 PM

  2. Anonymous said,

    Thank you for the explanation, JASON S. I didn't know the difference either...but now I do!

    on 6/04/2007 3:57 AM

  3. Jason S said,

    Nice to know that the information helped Gus!!


    on 6/04/2007 2:53 PM

  4. Anonymous said,

    Hey thanks for the info. I was really confused and I thought the googlemail people were scam addresses.

    on 4/11/2008 6:11 AM

  5. Anonymous said,

    i was told that gmail is/was trademarked in the UK not by google inc and so gmail users who sign up are given @googlemail.com addresses whereas the rest of the world could have @gmail.com

    whether its true or not i dont know but both a friend of mine and myself signed up for a gmail account at the same time (6 months ago) and i got @gmail.com and he got @googlemail.com

    on 5/03/2008 5:10 PM

  6. tknmurthy said,

    very good informative article

    on 5/29/2008 12:08 PM

  7. Anonymous said,

    It might be good at blocking spam but it is the most spammer friendly Domain out of all of the free e-mail server's. It is the favorite of all Nigerian 419 scammers to register and other fraudulent companies since abuse reports sent to Gmail are routinely ignored when reporting Gmail accounts that commit fraud using Western Union scams and message board spams. While Yahoo, Hotmail and others close down fraudulent e-mail accounts for spammers and fraudsters. Gmain does nothing about them. When sending in an abuse report you get the normal auto reply but other than that, nothing happens to the offending accounts. Hopefully enough complaints come in about Gmails lack of action in these regards that they will start to do something soon.

    on 9/23/2008 7:01 AM

  8. Startracker said,

    When newly opening gmail account you type www.gmail.com and during registration your country is UK - as a result you'll get yourname@googlemail.com the same happens with all the countries where gmail domain was not availavle bla bla i donno which countries are in the list. But if you go again through www.gmail.com and start signing up as US citizen you'll get yourname@gmail.com -- practically they're the same. But today i noticed one difference. On my friend's hisname@googlemail.com the logo is GOOGLE MAIL and that pretty Envelope ---and no BETA NOT BETA... But my GMAIL is still BETA signed. Donnno why -- I'm one of the first first users of gmail since it launched. Interesting!

    on 5/22/2009 2:13 AM

  9. Anonymous said,

    recieved a googlemail from a domestic location. Are googlemail accounts assigned within the US? I remain concerned about this being an inapparopriate mailing

    on 6/15/2009 1:09 AM

  10. Jason S said,

    GoogleMail is not intended for use in US - But it can be used too.


    on 6/15/2009 10:01 AM