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Gmail has a serious problem about the possibility of creating new email addresses.

I was not able to create a name.surname account for the last three people I helped in the creation of an email address.

I think that the problems are two:

  1. Gmail does not distinguish between name.surname and namesurname
  2. many users have activated the address to access the services Android

Do you know if after a period of non-use usernames return available for Gmail?

  • Gmail just ignore the periods. For Gmail name.surname and namesurname is same. – serenesat Jun 29 '16 at 7:51
  • Some older email addresses they do distinguish between those with periods and those without – Eight Days of Malaise Jun 29 '16 at 13:49
  • For myself and my daughter with a fairly common first name, I had to resort to surname.name@gmail.com. – ale Jul 28 '16 at 12:02
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Do you know if after a period of non-use usernames return available for Gmail?

No, they do not. And some Google services (e.g., Blogger) have promised that this will not happen.

However I do not see that there is a problem: we are not running out of numbers, so it will always be possible to get name.surnameNNN accounts, although NNN will become increasingly large.

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