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I live in place where the data charges are extremely high (~0,70€ per MB in Ethiopia, for example.) If I wish to chat on Facebook, data charges rack up quickly due to the standard Facebook app's bandwidth use: always updating the stream, downloading all of the images and profile pictures, etc.

Is there a way to restrict or minimize bandwidth utilization while using Facebook chat, basically only transmitting the text data? 3rd-party apps would be fine as well.

PS: I already tried to download from the Google Play market - but this one is not available in Ethiopia.

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imo has a direct download link on their Android webpage. There also seem to be quite a few other apps to try:

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