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New App Lets You Surf the Net Without a Data Plan

Authored by: Steven Blum — Sep 28, 2011

Thrifty mobile surfers, meet your new hero. Smozzy is a new app that promises to be able to help T-Mobile users surf the net without a data plan. Sound crazy? That's what we thought. But it really works.

Smozzy looks like your typical internet browser but, behind the scenes, operates completely differently. Instead of loading web pages by sending data back and forth from cell towers, Smozzy receives that information via an SMS to Smozzy's servers, and then returns the results via SMS. Crazy? Brilliant? All of the above.

Smozzy then downloads all of the files from the requested page and puts them in a zip file, which is re-encoded and received as an MMS before being displayed in the browser window with full images and links. 

Smozzy is available right now only for T-Mobile users, and there's no telling when it may be yanked from the official Android Market site. Better download it right now!

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Source: Android Police

Steven Blum has written more than 2,000 blog posts as a founding member of AndroidPIT's English editorial team. A graduate of the University of Washington, Steven Blum also studied Journalism at George Washington University in Washington D.C. for two years. Since then, his writing has appeared in The Stranger, The Seattle P-I, Blackbook Magazine and Venture Villlage. He loves the HTC One and hopes the company behind it still exists in a few years.

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  • Peter Long Sep 28, 2011 Link to comment

    Doesn't that take forever to load a site? There has to be a limit to the ammount of data you can send in a text and Im pretty sure that a graphically intense site would talke forever to load with a set up like that!

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  • Christopher Silva
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    Sep 28, 2011 Link to comment

    Very smart solution from Smozzy. Let's see how long it takes T-Mobile to change their SMS/MMS policies..

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  • Steven Blum Sep 28, 2011 Link to comment

    Yes, but then they don't get too charge exorbitant fees for their tiered data plans!

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  • Guilbert McEwans Sep 28, 2011 Link to comment

    Hmmm but I don't know why they'd want to remove it. Having that kind of service just seems like an extra way to attract customers... Websurfing for free but downloads cost. That seems like a good sales pitch.

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  • Steven Blum Sep 28, 2011 Link to comment

    Most T-Mobile users have unlimited texting built-in to their plan. It's legal today....

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  • Miranda Endhoven Sep 28, 2011 Link to comment

    So is it legal? And doesn't it cost you just as much because text messages aren't that cheap....

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