Have you ever had issues connecting to data service on your Android device via T-Mobile? Maybe they have a data outage that is preventing you from getting online but you still have cell service. Or maybe you just want to help cut your data usage down so you don’t go over your plan. The mother of all work arounds has just emerged and it is a doozy.
There is a new app on the market called Smozzy Beta. The developer, Jeff Donahue, has found a way to allow all U.S. T-Mobile customers with unlimited messaging and MMS services to leverage it for web surfing. Sounds crazy, right? Not when you get into the technical aspects of it.
Smozzy is basically just a wrapper around the standard Android browser, but instead of using a data (2.5, 3, 4G) connection, everything is funneled through SMS and MMS. Whenever you click a link, instead of firing off a packet to a remote web server, a web request is instead sent to Smozzy’s intermediate server via SMS. Smozzy forwards the request, downloads the web page you’re trying to visit, and then sends it along to your phone as MMS messages. Both SMS and MMS are completely free with T-Mobile’s unlimited messaging plan.
Are you lost yet? In English please! When you enable the service, the web page you want to visit is sent through Smozzy. They download the page and send it back to you as a message essentially. You still see the page like normal and all browsing is still the same. Click a link and it will open. Nothing really changes on how you view or use the web on your device. To make it even easier to understand, you can now use your browser via SMS and MMS instead of using a data plan.
The most important fact to know is there isn’t any type of encryption or security in place. That means sites that you set to auto log in, like Google, the password and username are sent as plain text to the Smozzy server. The same rings true if you were to check your bank account, Facebook, or any other site you would sign into, it could easily be intercepted and potential used against you maliciously.
I am certain that T-Mobile will catch on to this in a hurry and find a way to either fix the loop hole on their end, or put a C&D letter to the dev and have the app pulled off the market. As innovative as the idea is, it could ultimately increase our data rates and cause a significant amount of damage to a users life. You are free to explore this application and its options at your leisure, but this is one app that we DON’T recommend you install. We are intentionally leaving the market link and QR code off this article. You are free to do as you please and find it on your own if it interests you. We don’t accept any responsibility for what you do with your device or your personal information.