Almost a year ago I wrote an article “Best Instant Messaging Client” and back then I claimed that Palringo was by far the best IM client out there and till this day I feel that Palringo is the best. Since my article, the Palringo team has made a lot of changes to the software making it faster, simpler, and easier to use. However, I recently stumbled upon another feature of Palringo that makes it even more awesome, It works without a data plan or a text messaging plan!!!!!!
Recently, I left my phone in my car and went on a 15 mile bike ride around a lake where I live and when I came back to my car I notice the “new Palringo message” icon on my top task bar and thought that it was weird because I do not have a data plan on my phone and my WIFI is turned off. However, my data connection was turned on. I don’t have a data plan but my cellphone does show the 3G, H, or Edge icons whenever it connects. So, I called Tmobile and asked them to make sure that I do not have a data connection and they confirmed that I do not have a data plan and that they do not see any data usage of any sorts from my phone. I thought maybe it is using my text messaging plan but I continued to use Palringo when I am not at home and don’t have a WIFI connection and did notice any increase in my text message usage. Look at the Images below to see what I am talking about (After the break).
I am not sure how Palringo is working if it is not using text messages or a data plan. I do have a theory that maybe in the time that my phone takes to ping data towers Plaringo is already sending my messages thorough before my phone realizes i don’t have a data plan. The messages seem to come in bursts and not real time like they would on WIFI. However, the delay is only about 30-45 seconds between messages.
I have only tested this on Tmobile and I am not sure if it works on the other networks. I am hoping one of the Palringo developers will chime in like they did with my first article. Maybe someone out there can try this on other networks and let me know if it works or if they know why Palringo is working without a data plan or text message usage.