Smozzy for Android lets you surf the web for free (kind of)

Smozzy for Android lets you surf the web for free (kind of)
Being able to surf the web on the go is cool indeed and is something that every modern smartphone excels at. But at the same time, the data plan that doing so requires does not always come cheap. However, somebody came up with a clever way of accessing the internet without the need for one and without being charged for the transmitted data.

Here is how the magic happens: Smozzy is an Android app that looks like your ordinary web browser, but works in a very different manner. All the data that is being sent and received gets routed via SMS and MMS and is processed by the Smozzy servers. When you request a web page, the server compresses it as a ZIP file, which gets encoded as a PNG file. After that, the image gets sent to you and Smozzy takes care of converting it back to a usable web page. Ingenious, don't you think?

Of course, Smozzy has more than a few drawbacks. It goes without saying that being subscribed to an unlimited messaging plan is a requirement, unless you want to be charged for the transmitted text messages. Besides, it is a bit slow due to the way it operates. Also, Smozzy is tailored to work specifically on T-Mobile, an although you can try it on Sprint, AT&T, Verizon, or any carrier you prefer, it might be buggy.

With that out of the way, those who wish to give Smozzy a try are free to hit the source link below. The app is available for free on the Android Market.

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15 Comments

1. rex1213

Posts: 77; Member since: Jul 29, 2011

This is something I never thought could be possible. It's actually a clever concept.

2. Tarkio

Posts: 30; Member since: Jan 17, 2012

I love it! May not be the best way to get information, but sometimes when data is down, text still works. Could be great in places with very slow data speeds that make surfing essentially useless anyway. Also, in some countries with shaky data networks, this could help. With all of that said, most people who would need this type of service to work over text already know there are tons of info by text services that provide almost anything this could.

3. atheisticemetic

Posts: 377; Member since: Dec 18, 2011

however it's still an android app....which requires a data plan on most providers. clever idea, however it almost feels redundant

5. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

what do you mean by that? not all android app constantly connects you through mobile data.. most work offline.. do you even know what you are talking about, dude? yes, you still need to download through 3G, but you can still use wifi.. the idea behind it is to reduce your data usage by switching from 3G to the usual sms, and this will allow those prepaid 2G users to be able to enjoy internet as well (maybe in the future) so you won't be limited by whether you are in 2G or 3G connection.. like i say, dude, do you even know what you are talking about? i think it's a clever idea of using an image file sent over by MMS and let the app do the conversion.. this can be something big if the devs can make it work faster.. but otherwise a great alternative when you are nearing your data limit..

7. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Now you can just grab the prepaid unlimited text program for $15 bux at tmobile, use smozzy for the internet and hook up to wifi to call through skype/googlevoice/vonnage/ whatever

10. jdrevolution

Posts: 87; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

I think what bay meant was because it's an android phone, carriers -require- data plans. (I believe the smallest one is 2 GB.) But considering most people aren't very heavy users, or, as you mentioned, people do use wi-fi when they have it available, they probably won't experience any overages with that anyways. For some heavier users this will be convenient, but I can understand why bay said it would be kind of redundant. I also don't think there is any android phone that is a 2G phone. So that would not be it's primary connection. Unless they're in a really poor service area, and if it's prepaid then they'd probably switch to a more reliable prepaid service. Either way, I think it's a clever app, and has the potential to be very useful to a bunch of people. Definately a new way to "use the internet"

11. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

if you get the phone from elsewhere, or buy it full retail without the payment plan, Tmobile does not force the data plan on you. Apparently, other carriers are different, but on Tmobile if you want, you can have a galaxy2 with no internet. you are just going to pay for it.

13. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

@jdrevolution: Some carriers have smaller data plans. AT&T has a 200 (now a 300) plan, and T-Mobile has either a 200 or 250. Verizon's lowest is 2Gb except for select areas that have (I believe) a 150MB plan for $15, which used to be 75MB until they bumped their data rates

14. atheisticemetic

Posts: 377; Member since: Dec 18, 2011

ive been selling cellphones and service for over 4 years..so when you say things like "dude, do you know what you're talking about?" it makes me wonder if you even read what i wrote. since most REQUIRE a data package, why would i use this service as in the title of this article 'Smozzy for Android lets you surf the web for free (kind of)' i'm basically forced to have a data package with most providers (which means i pay :P ). With prepay i can see people using this, but there are much more effective alternatives imo. opera mini for example is a better alternative...you sir are just slinging insults without actually reading what someone is saying

4. meetmadzky

Posts: 12; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

It's in Beta version. And the thing is that the app is somehow carrier-dependent. Would love to see this to work with any network provider around the globe.

6. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

your welcome, PA :) lol.

8. droiddomination

Posts: 203; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

welcome for what?

9. solidsnakeduds013

Posts: 221; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

There was already an article on this PA! Stop reposting the same articles! But still much love for phonearena

12. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Reminds me of when GPRS data was first coming into widespread use, it seemed to work in a similar manner. Trouble is, if one has a smartphone on most any U.S. carrier a data plan is automatically added and required to use said smartphone. Granted this could help the user be on a lower data plan, which would amount to some savings, but if the messages are being sent as MMS, (depending on the carrier) they can use their data capacity with it

15. Cwebb

Posts: 501; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

*cough*unlimited data*cough**cough*

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