I've been using Gmail (Google's 1gig web-mail alternative to Hotmail and Yahoo type mail servers) for a couple of months now, and I'm liking it more and more everyday. At first, I was unsure if I'd bother with the pain of yet another email address, but I find myself casually switching my email subscriptions, etc., over to my gmail address.
It's in Beta, still, but seems to work very well for my needs. They are now beginning to add the odd addition here and there to make it even better.
Anyway, they are once again looking for people to help test it, and have granted me a couple of chances to offer the service to my friends.
So, if you're interested in getting a gmail account (at this early stage, there's still a good chance you can get the email name you want), post a reply here stating as such.
I'll only contact the person(s) to whom I'll send an invitation, so if you don't hear back from me, don't take it as a sign that I don't like you.