Now you can get a Gmail account AND GoogleTalk if you just give Google your mobile number. What a smart way to not only to get people to sign up, but to get a mobile phone number database.
Some people are worried what Google will do when they have your mobile number. That's the beauty with mobile marketing. The FCC has issue rules prohibiting companies from sending commercial messages to wireless devices without the user's permission.
To sign up for a Gmail account. They will send a text message back on your phone that you use to open your Gmail account on the PC.
My thinking is this, if Google does become the preeminent mobile player, and they continue offering these fantastic services, I want to AT LEAST register my name for a Gmail account now.
Kind of like a mini mobile land rush.
At any time you want out, just reply with STOP or END. I can't see Google DOING ANYTHING TO JEOPARDIZE this valuable gem.
Things I see Google does with this if they create a mobile messenger.
Google would have a permanent search window on your mobile for search, IM, or VOIP.
Google SMS would be incorporated into this search window.
Google would keep track of all of your mobile search requests in your Gmail that you could review later on the big screen.
See an interesting product and want more info? Type in the barcode or take a picture and send to Google SMS. Get info back on the product and that info is stored in your Gmail account under "Things I Mobile Googled Today".
Type in the phone number in search window and connect using VOIP (with all of the dark fiber they have been buying).
I would love to know how many Gmail accounts there and how many people sign up using this mobile invite.
Some people are starting to say Google is taking over the role as being hated like Microsoft. No way!!! I CHOOSE TO USE Google's services. The options for an operating system are pretty limited when you buy a new PC.
Microsoft should be worried, very worried about this.