I heard that GMail is going to start implementing Pop3 and SMTP services. This would mean you could set up Outlook Express, Thunderbird or any other e-mail program and bypass GMail's text based advertising. I am wondering if this might possibly be an add-on that one would have to pay for.
Anyway, I still have some GMail invites if anyone is interested. Just e-mail me! My e-mail is at the top.