T-Mobile Sidekick 4G returns carrying a $99 price tag on an unlimited data contract
Woohoo! CTIA goes full steam ahead right from the start and T-Mobile's Sidekick 4G is just one of the new handsets we saw. It's here and it's the successor to the iconic Sidekick, but you already know that. What you might not know, though, is the pricing announced at $99 after a $50 mail-in rebate on a two-year unlimited data contract.
The tricky word here is unlimited, as if you opt to go with limited data, the price of the Sidekick 4G grows to $149. The friendly handset has a nicely spaced keyboard and a slide-out (not swivel) screen, but your biggest surprise might turn out to be the extensive skinning on top of Android 2.2 Froyo by LG and T-Mobile. It's not necessarily a bad thing, but how will it perform? The handset is coming this spring, which is soon, but our hands-on is coming much sooner, so stay tuned.
1. oddmanout (Posts: 435; Member since: 22 May 2009)
"...extensive skinning on top of Android 2.2 Froyo by LG and T-Mobile." I think you meant Samsung.
I'm not a fan of Samsung. Just their name being relevant to the software is enough for me to pass. If your planning on buying this phone, get used to 2.2 or learn how to root and apply a custom rom because you probably wont be seeing many updates.
2. remixfa (Posts: 14080; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
while that may or may not be true, if you buy a phone expecting an update, then ur an idiot. u buy a phone for the way it is out of the box, not for what updates might come down the road. thats just called icing on the cake.
3. oddmanout (Posts: 435; Member since: 22 May 2009)
Of course people buy a phone for what it is out of the box, but most phones don't come with perfect software and require updates to fix certain bugs (especially phones with custom overlays like touch wiz). Thats where Samsung fails to do their job. That and the fact that gingerbread is already out which makes the phone out of date at its arrival. Pardon my idiocy for wanting to be sure my phone is upgradable and well maintained with reliable software fixes. We all can't be as clueless as you are...
4. Spear (unregistered)
I cant wait to see this interface ported out to the other devices. I can hear a Sidekick Custom Rom coming already.
5. lydia (unregistered)
whats wrong with 2.2? its actually really good and im actually really please with froyo i root all my phones but i havent had to route my droid pro which came with 2.2 and havent had one problem I have had all sidekicks and this is gotta be the best one that their coming out with juss sayin
6. oddmanout (Posts: 435; Member since: 22 May 2009)
Most people feel that way after each update. There doesn't necessarily need to be a problem with the software but simple additions to the software is enough for someone to want the upgrade. I thought eclair was really good at its arrival and felt the same way about froyo and now I'm hooked on gingerbread and still looking forward... That's the beauty of android. It always gets better. Why would anyone want to be excluded from that?
7. rahul sharma (unregistered)
can u please tell me how much this phone costs now ???????????
i want to buy it ......
8. Bria (unregistered)
I already have a contract with 3 plans on it. Will I be able to pay the $99.99 price. And if not can I end a plan and get a new one with my same # and get the phone for the $99.99 price?