Death Comes For The Sidekick 4G – T-Mobile Hints At New Sidekicks In The Future


The T-Mobile Sidekick will always hold a special place in my heart. I’d even go as far as to call its early days on this earth as a precursor to what we now know as the Android OS. Well, like all good things, the T-Mobile Sidekick 4G has reached its end-of-life today, and it’s time for the device to be officially retired.

But it’s not all bad new for T-Mobile’s QWERTY lovers. In a statement to The Verge, T-Mobile mentioned that just because this device has reached the end of the road, the Sidekick brand will live on.

While the T-Mobile Sidekick 4G is being retired, it doesn’t mean we are discontinuing the T-Mobile Sidekick line. T-Mobile continues to update and expand its 4G product portfolio and we’ll keep you posted when we have news to share on T-Mobile’s latest 4G devices.

I’ll be crossing my fingers for a newer, more higher-end Sidekick in T-Mobile’s future. If you think about it, you can almost count all the Android QWERTY devices on one hand. As they say, all slates and no keyboards makes Andy a dull boy.

Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. How about a smaller version of the “Archos G10 xs” as a phone? That would be pretty awesome if someone could do a detachable qwerty form factor. 

    1. I wonder if ASUS is working on it…. :D

  2. i feel like this came and went. it was nice for nostalgia but with todays devices…who the fuck wants a  sidekick anymore? updated specs or not its a sidekick. and from what i hear this thing had a shittastic camera and little dev support.

    1. Kids.

      1. Kids as in the phone was meant for kids? or as in Im a kid because of my response to this article? Please elaborate :)

        1. This is a perfect phone for kids.  Not everyone needs or should have a $200+ phone.

    2. Really, this was a Sidekick only in name and form factor.  It wasn’t the same OS and didn’t have the same backbone as previous Sidekicks.  It was really just another low-mid range Android device.  It’s like Motorola bringing back the RAZR name.  It’s only relationship is the name and that it’s thin.

  3. i had the second and third sidekick loved them but they need to go back to the original os that was on it some wat and use it 

  4. The Danger software was abandoned by Microsoft. That’s why Sidekick had a year long hiatus before it was reformatted as an Android device.

  5. T-Mobile really needs to push the Sidekick brand into high end territory.  

  6. please use more castlevania images

  7. Good Riddance to bad rubbish.  They EOL’d this because it was an unstable buggy mess that could never be fixed.  If a day went by where my wife did not have to do 2 battery pulls because the phone locked up and was unresponsive, it would have been a miracle.  This should have been a slam dunk for samsung since this was just a galaxy s with a keyboard and a modified touchwiz, but alas, that proved too difficult for samsung.  Three updates and it still didn’t work right.   Maybe the next “sidekick” they release will actually work right.

    1. I completely agree. I finally Rooted mine and added a Task Killer to fight the hourly bloatware-loads/runs. Now it runs much better but took some work. Also, some design points were buggy, like Smiley key only working in the built-in TXTing app and limited symbol access (unlike previous models, no Unicode-entry options and no “~”). Also the “Optical Trackball” should have been a mini-Touchpad.

  8. The Sidekick allowed the hearing and speaking impaired community a viable means of communication.   

    1. Yes, but the Sidekick 4G unforunately id not offer anything special specifically for Deaf and Hard of Hearing to use. When it was first released there were no built-in offerings specifically for Deaf people to use. Also many left the Sidekick platform after the big data outage on older devices. Sprint took advantage of that and many migrated to Sprint devices. Several months after the SK4G release, Netflix with Captions was added as well as the top Video Relay Service provider. I have seen some deaf people embrace the device, but most have moved on.

  9. Die Sidekick — just die…

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