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Cosmos Browser uses SMS to provide web access without Wi-Fi or mobile broadband

In regions without mobile broadband, or where it’s still too expensive to have a data plan, other ways to connect to the web are always welcome. Say hello to Cosmos Browser, which provides web access using SMS so that you can view web pages without using Wi-Fi or even a lowly 2G network. Using Cosmos on Android, you enter a web address which is sent to back-end servers through a text message. The servers strip out CSS and JavaScript from the content at that URL, compress the information and sends it back via SMS. The host app then decompresses the site info and renders the HTML. Clever!

9 Responses to “Cosmos Browser uses SMS to provide web access without Wi-Fi or mobile broadband”

  1. Rajesh Hemdev

    This seems good only where the net connectivity is pathetic/non-existent. Elsewhere, considering the amount of data that SMS’s can transmit, I can’t think of any place where SMS is cheaper than a data plan.

  2. Vishakha Patel

    Nice trick I must say…

    Their purpose is to provide internet in areas where internet is not still not a cheaper internet. :) :P

    Will this create junk SMSes in phone inbox? I guess yes.