Listen... about google mail... (gmail)
You can read about gmail at googles info site; http://gmail.google.com/gmail/help/about.html
But what you'll see is that they're not giving out accounts yet.
They are, however, giving accounts to employees and some other select group of people...
And they get to "invite" ten others...
So what you need... is someone with an "invite" to give you.
Hence the existence of GMail Swap http://www.gmailswap.com/
I went there and registered... and within a few hours I had a gmail account. :D
edit: just say'en... and I really should have said when I first posted this... a big thanks out to pookfreak... she showed me the way to the gmail swap thing... :D