I am now a Gmail account owner, my email address is –
I got the account via GMail Swap – I had to offer something for Swap. My offer was to hold a sign up with anything the person wanted (within reason) outside the Sydney Opera House and then to take a photograph of it and send it to them. Within 5 minutes I have my invite to Gmail and here I am. I will post the picture when I have done it!
As for GMAIL it is pretty good. Not that I am trying to boast, but they use the same layer hiding methods that I do in corporate things I have done to make the site appear very very fast.