Android app will allow you to browse the web without an internet connection, using SMS instead

Android app will allow you to browse the web without an internet connection, using SMS instead
In emerging markets where an internet connection can sometimes be hard to find, the Cosmos Browser for Android will be a Godsend. This app will allow you to browse the web without having connection to an internet pipeline. Simply punch in the URL, and the app uses SMS to send you a text-only, image free version of the website that you requested.
 
To keep costs down, you need to have have an unlimited text plan. Also, keep in mind that receiving websites via SMS is still going to be a slow process regardless of how barebones the results are.


Cosmos is expected to launch before the end of September and is actually quite a fascinating way of getting information into the hands of those who just do not have the infrastructure in place to maintain an internet connection. And while images are a no-no for now as we mentioned, the developers behind the app are working on a way to include images in future versions of Cosmos.

source: GitHub, fastcolabs via Engadget

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11 Comments

1. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

boobies would look like this (. ) ( . )

6. greenelektron

Posts: 537; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

This is "Data over SMS". Salazzi (at # 2) doesn't understand the concept. No GPRS/EDGE/3G/4G/WiFi. No data connection is different from SLOW data connection.

8. madmikepr

Posts: 138; Member since: Aug 09, 2011

Hey Bro What u doing nothing Just : Sexting The Web ... Lol

2. Salazzi

Posts: 537; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

Perhaps you need to rename your article.. SMS ARE sent over data connection. Just like Cable or Fiber, dial-up is a data connection too! 1G and 2G networks are quite slow, but that doesn't mean they aren't data. All data is equal.. from our calls, to our texts, to our web searches and downloads. Want to see what it's like to send a sms over no data connection? turn your phone on airplane mode and watch as your texts are unsent. So perhaps this article means to say there's a way to browse the web over slow data connections.. but hey, that's nothing knew. I recall the days of dial-up where you'd wait several minutes for a basic web page to load.. see? same thing here. So this is nothing new.

3. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

Pointless quarrelling; you know what's implied, as does everyone else. Find a better way to spend your intellect...

5. hurrycanger

Posts: 1742; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

I believe Data Connection in the article refers to mobile data, not mobile connection in general. And as far as I know, sms doesn't consume data allowance. Why turn on airplane mode? That shuts off all connection including wifi, bluetooth, blah blah. Just turn off Mobile Data if you wanna see how texts and data connection are independent of each other. And yes, sms sends even when mobile data is off. Well.. At least here in the US with T-Mobile, that's how it works.

10. tokuzumi

Posts: 1730; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

Currently, phones have two channels: Voice/Text, and data. You can talk and send texts if your data connection is down. You can surf the web if your voice/text service isn't working (assuming both channels are not down). Turn off your data connection, leaving your cell radio on, and send a text. I bet it goes through, unless you use Google Voice to send texts. If you put your phone in airplane mode, you are shutting off all radios, which would explain why you can't send texts, surf the web, or make calls.

4. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

Pretty good idea! I see one problem, though; one rarely has a site URL (which can be quite complicated) handy, particularly WITHOUT a net connection!

7. Aywhy93

Posts: 49; Member since: Apr 03, 2014

As far as am concerned, this will be so so boring. I cant just imagine surfing the web without images not to talk of a SMS App. I'll rather have unlimited data plan than have unlimited SMS. By the way, do people still buy SMS plan ? Probably, that would be a NO...

11. Armchair_Commentator

Posts: 222; Member since: May 08, 2014

Depends on which market you are in. Most if not all of the plans here in the states come with unlimited or reasonable unlimited texts

9. dufis

Posts: 79; Member since: Jun 27, 2014

give it to me :D

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