Carrier 86's the Android flavored T-Mobile Sidekick 4G

Carrier 86's the Android flavored T-Mobile Sidekick 4G
The T-Mobile Sidekick 4G, which launched last April 20th to strong demand, apparently won't be around to see its first birthday. A leaked screenshot of T-Mobile's recently discontinued list obtained by TmoNews shows the T-Mobile Sidekick 4G on the list of models that have reached the end of the line. You might remember that the original Sidekick, which was a bit ahead of its time with a well liked physical QWERTY keyboard and a swiveling display, ended up in hot water when data belonging to users was sucked into a black hole. While Sidekick owners did get most of their data back along with a free month of service and a $100 credit, the whole affair left a bad taste in some Sidekick owners mouths.

When the Sidekick re-emerged as an Android powered smartphone, priced to sell at $99.99 on contract, the whole smartphone platform had changed which allowed for HSPA+ connectivity and the 4G suffix on its name. But even less than a year after its launch, the T-Mobile Sidekick 4G had become something of a dinosaur with a single-core 1GHz processor driving the device, Android 2.2 installed and a 3MP camera on back that captures video at a DVD quality 480p. There is a VGA front-facing shooter.

While the specs really don't allow the T-Mobile Sidekick 4G to stand up the current slate of dual and quad-core powered models with 4.3 inch and larger Super AMOLED Plus screens, Google said that the T-Mobile Sidekick 4G was one of the most searched for consumer electronics products for 2011. And now, with a quick look at a T-Mobile screenshot, the device is gone.

With obviously a well known brand name, it certainly would behoove T-Mobile to update and refresh the Sidekick 4G. While the Sidekick 4G is gone, the Sidekick name can still live on for its fans. The nation's fourth largest carrier brought the device back once, so why not try it again?

source: TmoNews

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Sidekick 4G
  • Display 3.5" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 3 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
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  • Battery 1500 mAh(6.50h talk time)

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7 Comments

1. quesoesgrande

Posts: 217; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

My mom has a sidekick and she loves it. She doesnt need the newest version of android or the fastest processor so its a good phone for her. She wishes the camera was much, much better though...

2. Lboogey6

Posts: 281; Member since: Jan 31, 2012

Where they went wrong: 3mp camera.... In 2011? What's the purpose, too much going on with the ui, battery life. We called it a phone got the teens then the tweens now we don't recommend it to anyone

3. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

Lolzzzz! Never should have even existed in the first place. Watch, tmo will get some cheap shiity replacement for it. And you wonder why they cant compete with other carriers. Doesn't matter, dropping them next month for galaxy note and Nokia lumia 900.

4. Jphones

Posts: 256; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Goodbye then go ahead an go to AT&Wallet.. Ha TMobile has great phones and prices. Ha AT&Wallet will find any possible way to rip you off charges for the stupidest of things.

5. tward291

Posts: 559; Member since: Feb 14, 2012

i would like to see another sidekick but i would rather see a highend windows phone come to tmobile first hint titan 2 lumia 900

6. donfem

Posts: 708; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Bothers me why some people give personal opinions when none was required. No sense of objectivity whatsoever. Keep your crappy decisions where they belong, with you.

7. josej

Posts: 2; Member since: Feb 01, 2014

well i really hope they do come out with a new sidekick, litterally it was a mistake to take away the sidekicks one true unique quAlity the kickflip screen or the customizable lights and vibrations and the cursor ball. thats what brought the attention to the phones most, sidekick needs to step it up, and maybe change a few specs on the phone to draw attention, i got a few ideas:)

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