A new Android app offers users the ability to browse the web even if they don’t have a data plan. The app, called Smozzy, circumvents the traditional mobile browsing experience. By utilizing Short Message Service (SMS) and Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS), Smozzy delivers web content.
The app is free to download and looks and acts like the regular Android browser. Smozzy receives website and search term requests via SMS. The data is received and that’s when Smozzy’s servers go to work to find the information you’re seeking. The results are then zipped and sent back as a PNG files via MMS. The app itself receives the files and displays them on the phone in a functional webpage, complete with links and relevant content.
Don’t go cancelling your data plan just yet, though. According to Smozzy’s Android Market page, it’s only available in beta version for T-Mobile subscribers in the United States. Not to mention that the data exchange between the app and their servers isn’t encrypted — don’t enter any passwords or sensitive material. Also, the app itself recommends that the user have unlimited text messaging as it sends and receives numerous SMS and MMS messages that could result in overages for users on tiered messaging plans.