Google changes Gmail to Google Mail in the UK

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Wednesday, October 19, 2005

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Following a dispute with London-based company Independent International Investment Research (IIIR), Internet company Google Inc. has dropped the use of its "Gmail" name for its free email service. IIIR launched its own web-based email service called Gmail more than two years prior to Google's own service. All other countries (except Germany, where a similar dispute also resulted in a name change) will continue to use the Gmail name and domain (

The change took place on Wednesday, when all new Gmail accounts created from a UK IP address will use the domain, instead of the former As the service is still "invite-only", invitations for the service will also be made for the domain.

Former UK Gmail users will continue to use the domain for the near future.