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Android powered Sidekick handset seen in T-Mobile's future?

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Android powered Sidekick handset seen in T-Mobile's future?
July 2nd came and went without much fanfare because it marked the last day that T-Mobile would be selling their latest line of Sidekick branded handsets. For a good stretch there, T-Mobile managed to attract younger audiences with their youth oriented line of Sidekick handsets which played to the strengths for that specific demographic it targeted. One would've imagined that all good things come to an end, however, there was an optimistic tone in a recent statement by the carrier as they said, “Stay tuned for exciting updates in the months ahead, which we expect will provide customers with a new and fresh experience.” Word has it that T-Mobile will continue to retain the brand name and may end up bringing it back from the dead in the form of some kind of Android powered smartphone. It's speculated that it would become available as soon as early next year with Gingerbread on board to continue its long and rich history. You really can't count this out especially when the Sidekick name is one of those things deeply ingrained into the minds of owners who sported the handset since its inception – just keep those fingers crossed tightly.

via Android Authority

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:47

1. jrcrow79 (Posts: 477; Member since: 02 May 2008)


As if making it Droid OS will NOT have any data lost again..ahhahah..funny

posted on 07 Jul 2010, 20:32

3. BlackberryUser (Posts: 609; Member since: 26 Jun 2009)


Can you elaborate? I'm not as familiar with the sidekick.

posted on 07 Jul 2010, 20:57

4. oddmanout (Posts: 434; Member since: 22 May 2009)


he's talking about the t-mobile sidekick data loss epidemic... last year there was a mass data loss of pictures, contacts, info, etc... on all sidekicks... but it was handled pretty well though. T-mobile issued credits to sidekick owners accounts and they found a fix that restored all lost data. The thing "jrcrow79" failed to realize is that the data loss was solely on Danger/Microsoft's behalf and not t-mobile's fault. Danger/Microsoft backs up the data on their servers and something went wrong on their part. The sidekick's name is owned by t-mobile (which like i said is not at fault) and switching operating systems is obviously going to effect future results of data failure seeing that now it will be google/android at fault which is unlikely seeing that android is much more widespread than danger's sidekick OS... its kind of childish that he brought it back up as sidekicks have been around for so long with no problem. besides blackberry had a similar problem as well but do you see him complaining about data failure for new blackberries? I laugh at childish immature ignorant comments like his. Not because he is funny but because he thinks he's funny.

posted on 07 Jul 2010, 21:06

6. CRICKETownz (Posts: 980; Member since: 24 Oct 2009)


Sidekick was one of the first cross-over phones with a full keyboard that was a T-Mobile exclusive. It had a screen that swiveled around to reveal the keyboard. Phone design was very, very bulky and looked similar to a Sega Game Gear handheld (if you're familiar with that). The biggest thing was text messaging, it wasn't a smartphone so data in a sense of web browsing was never one of its strong points (if intended at all). Best way to define the Sidekick is it was the first fruits of the phones we have now for example the EnV 3 or various phones out there now w/the keyboard but it was a hell of alot bigger. They were one of the first "trendy" phones...and i think they may have had more of a customization factor than the phones around its time. The screen was similar to the Blackberry 8703...very basic. I personally thought the phone sucked, but a lot of ppl liked it.

posted on 07 Jul 2010, 20:06

2. CRICKETownz (Posts: 980; Member since: 24 Oct 2009)


LOL...are you kiddin me?

posted on 07 Jul 2010, 20:58

5. oddmanout (Posts: 434; Member since: 22 May 2009)


ha this is pretty old news... this rumors been going around for a while now.

posted on 08 Jul 2010, 06:25

8. mdw92581 (Posts: 131; Member since: 25 Feb 2010)


not the official word from the carrier.

posted on 07 Jul 2010, 21:15

7. digitaljedi (Posts: 27; Member since: 02 Dec 2009)


This rumor has indeed been around a long time. Berryandroid.com had this story up 3 or 4 months ago! Lol! Catch up Phonearena!

posted on 08 Jul 2010, 12:49

9. Cali_E (Posts: 196; Member since: 24 Sep 2008)


I think thats an awesome idea. even though in todays standards the phone was crap, i personally loved my sidekick 2. the 3 was cool, never got it cause i started working for verizon right before it came out, but it was alright. i think the lx and the motorola version they came out with was ridiculous and over-kill. But damn, android with that slick swivel screen. it would be pretty dope if you ask me

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