T-Mobile discontinues Android-powered Sidekick 4G

Barring the announcement of a new device, it looks like T-Mobile’s Sidekick brand will again be going on hiatus. As of last week, the T-Mobile Sidekick 4G has been discontinued. The phone, which was released last year, revived the line of proto-smartphones with a fresh Android operating system and increased functionality. Still intact was the slide-out QWERTY keyboard that put Sidekick hardware on the map. The result was a surprisingly nice mid-range handset that lived up to its pedigree. We haven’t heard much to suggest an updated Sidekick is headed our way in 2012, but given the line’s history we wouldn’t rule it out.

[via TMoNews]

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  • ncmacasl

    end of an era (and we are STILL waiting for the Gingerbread update!!)
    It is almost a year to the day (March 14) that the Sidekick 4G was officially announced.
    Hardware (especially keyboard) was excellent, but software was buggy (lots of reboots and force closes have been widely reported) and required ROOT and lots of bloatware removal to get the thing working “normal” with the built-in OS skin (which I have done and am now using comfortably)
    Really hope they will release an update with better specs & less buggy software. 
    Interesting only the BLACK version is listed but not the Magenta version. 

    • JBrowne1012

      Software wise besides the touchscreen it was fine at least mine was. Root couldn’t solve it, not only that root for that device was a hassle.

      • ncmacasl

        Xda has many easy options. no problem at all. ROMing, however was another issue — too much proprietary stuff that most ROMs did not give access to.

  • wastry

    Gee, no more “where you at dawg?” commercials.  How will I ever survive

    • http://cashd00d.co.cc/ WHAT?

      What does this have to do with Boost Mobile?

  • http://www.mark717.com Mark Seven

    It’s being discontinued because it sucked.  T-Mo did a horrible job with what could’ve been a great phone.  Just the bad quality of the camera alone was inexcusable..

    • JBrowne1012

      The camera wasn’t the problem the touchscreen turning off randomly having to battery pull it to get it to work was the issue. It was an extremely buggy phone.

      • vitriolix

         Yeah, the camera is actually not bad for a mid range phone, the keyboard is awesome, way better than the various Droid models, but the stupid skinned ROM they run on it is atrocious.  Buggy, slow as hell and basically unsupported.  Stick Cyanogen on this guy and its a decent phone.

  • Groh_G2

    @ncmacasl… i m glad t mobile discontined Sidekick 4G!!!.. cuz i was played with this phone from T mobile store… i hate it!!

    Right now i m use my T mobile G2.. it’s come with qwerty.. i m very happy with it… so.. i m waiting the next better phone.. next new Sidekick or T mobile G3? Wait and see….

    • Stephen_Rockefeller

      You mad bro?

  • http://twitter.com/SpamStream lolwut

    Good riddance