interesting.. if you have a US-based cell phone, you can sign up for gmail.
To sign up, enter your mobile phone number below. We’ll send you a text message with an invitation code to create your account. If you’ve already received a code, skip to step two!
r, you could just ask anyone of the users for one of their 99 idle invites. but its more available now.
update: apparently, its been available to the US for a year now. neither the UK, nor europe, nor india has anything of the sort. unfortunate. my bad.