T-Mobile Making Way for the “Next Iteration of the T-Mobile Sidekick” By Discontinuing the OGs


We all saw this day creeping upon us, but it’s now a reality: the Sidekick is officially dead… or at least the Sidekick as we once knew it, anyway. If you want to grab a piece of great T-Mobile history (good or bad) straight from T-Mobile themselves, then act fast: they’ll be halting sales of all their current Sidekick models July 2nd (tomorrow).

As T-Mobile looks to further innovate and raise the bar for the next iteration of the T-Mobile Sidekick, as of July 2, the Sidekick LX and Sidekick 2008 will no longer be available through T-Mobile, including retail stores, care, telesales and online. While we work on the next chapter of our storied Sidekick franchise, T-Mobile will continue to provide our loyal Sidekick customers with product service and support. Stay tuned for exciting updates in the months ahead, which we expect will provide customers with a new and fresh experience.

T-Mobile’s not done with the name yet, though. Just as it’s been rumored over and over again, they’re expected to re-introduce the Sidekick legacy and it’s long been believed that Android will be a huge part of that reboot.


Taking a look back at those rumors, we kept hearing about “Project Emerald” which everyone believed would be a superphone with Sidekick branding made by HTC and running Android. Is it no coincidence that we’re now hearing rumors regarding an HTC-made Vision with the same 4.3-inch screen we’ve heard to be included with the Sidekick supposedly due at the end of the year? (original rumors regarding the new Sidekick saw the device with a 1GHz processor, while the HTC Vision is said to have an 800MHz dual-core processor by Qualcomm)

All of this is still rumored at this point, but I can’t imagine that the pieces to this puzzle are going together quite this elegantly without there being some degree of truth to them.

[via BGR]

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. Sounds like the Vision might pan out after all. Don’t think a 4.3 inch screen needs a keyboard though.

  2. I could see why it would have a keyboard though, if Tmo pushes the Vibrant as their flagship touch only phone. Sort of how Sprint is pushing the Evo/Epic as compliments to each other.

  3. Andy rubin came from Danger so it is fitting that the next sidekick would be based on android.

  4. RIP Danger servers.

    You served me well, for many moons.

    Hopefully the new iteration will do the legacy justice.

    Too bad the KIN devices never really played out. Though that’ll happen when you buyout an awesome company and force them to conform/work on your crappy platform.

    Maybe I’ll replace my DROID somewhere down the line with the new Sidekick(s)…

  5. Get’em boy…(Bark Bark)

  6. I must be a psychic because I predicted the Sidekick’s demise almost 2 months ago —> http://thetrendaholic.com/2010/04/15/danger-sidekick-on-the-brink-of-extinction/

  7. Good riddance. Maybe I’ll put my SK3 up on eBay for an inflated price and call it a “collectors item”. This phone worked well when it was released to serve the deaf community; then it became a garbled mess of cluster fsck.

  8. Now if Suzuki would just bring back their sidekick… :)

  9. in related news: looks like the Kin died an early death

  10. The sidekick lived a good life with a great keyboard. I hope the next one(sidekick) would be android based and a powerhouse device.

  11. @Trendaholic (6): We’ve been talking about the death of the Sidekick since January.

  12. @jeremy, i got my 1995 geo tracker hard top.

  13. Nice. Got my comment in before coolMANGINA’s daily T-Mobile bashing.

  14. @Sam I Am – LOL. That is funny. He does comment alot for sure. :)

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