Update: If you've been itching to try this workaround on a non-T-Mobile phone, then now's your chance. The Snozzy dev has added experimental support for AT&T and Sprint, and untested support for Verizon, Virgin, Cricket, Straight Talk, US Cellular, and Viaero. Since the latter group is completely untested, there's a good chance that it will be extremely buggy, if it even works at all. If you decide to give it a go, make sure to drop us a line and let us know how it turns out!

With all this talk of data plans - unlimited, tiered, throttled... whatever - one developer decided to find a way to circumvent the system and gain access to the web without paying carrier prices. The end result is an app called Smozzy, and it allows T-Mobile customers to surf the web without a data plan of any kind.

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Here's the breakdown: Smozzy looks like a typical web browser, but it works very differently underneath that familiar face. When you execute a search or enter a URL in the browser's address bar, it sends that info via SMS to Smozzy's servers and then returns the results via MMS. Brilliant, right? Just wait -- that's only the beginning.

Smozzy then downloads all of the applicable files from the requested page and places them into a zip file. The file is re-encoded as a png and received as an MMS before being displayed in the browser window with full images and working links. Bloody brilliant, if you ask me.

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I'm sure it will only be a matter of time before T-Mo tries to put this app underground, but until then, you can enjoy it completely free of charge form the Android Market.

Smozzy Beta
Smozzy Beta
Developer: Jeff Donahue
Price: Free

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