When i first read the news tried with the normal, old, and plain links and with w3m too, but in both complained about dont having cookies support, so had to go to bigger text-mode browsers.
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Was about to send a story with this, but there is not enough meat for it. Seems that GMail now, between other new features have a "plain HTML" mode, that supports most available browsers. Is nice to read in console with i.e. eLinks your mail there, with most of its interface too (there are some missing interface feature, like address autocompletion, that needs bigger/featureful browsers), but it would work with not last-generation browsers too, and probably will not complain for browsers that don't know.