Archive for March, 2007

The SKiD is colorful and coming next month

Friday, March 30th, 2007

Everyone is slipping these days. Looks like the Rebate guys over at T-Mobile were a little quick to jump the gun and information on the Sidekick iD’s release date, rebate amount, and available colors slipped out. The rebate will be $50, the release date looks like April 18th, and you’ll have your choice of blue, pink, or yellow at first. From what we hear the colors will actually be changeable, so no need to buy all three to match your outfits. They’ll be like the bumpers were on the Sidekick IIs. With the already low price and the rebate, these are almost like disposable Sidekicks, handy for the situations where you wouldn’t want to take your several hundred dollar Sidekick 3.

Rebate Form (PDF)

Thanks Engadget

SKiD Marks at CTIA 2007

Thursday, March 29th, 2007

Looks like someone might be in some hot water over at UT Starcom after a banner was put up by their booth with a larger than life Sidekick iD. Of course the device hasn’t been officially launched yet, and T-Mobile probably wasn’t happy that someone was jumping the gun on their marketing. I can just imagine the conversation at the UT Starcom booth:

“Why is this banner up? This isn’t supposed to be up yet, it’s not official!”
“Oh @!#$ Should we take it down?”
“No, that would be too obvious that we’re trying to hide something. Let’s just spraypaint over the ‘iD’ parts”

Yes, with a can of black spray paint they covered up the ‘iD’ name and the buttons, leaving the familiar screen and keyboard. This led the boys over at Gizmodo to speculate that the keyboard and the screen will be the same. Keyboard, yes. Screen, no. They’re going with a lower quality screen to help keep costs down.

Thanks to Gizmodo for the photos and everyone who emailed this one in.

Sidekick X RAZR

Wednesday, March 21st, 2007

T-Mobile Sidekick X

We got the image above from someone who probably wants to remain anonymous. We’re told it’s a slide from a PowerPoint presentation given at the T-Mobile National Marketing Meeting last week in Twenty Nine Palms, CA. While it’s not as exciting as pictures of an actual device, it tells us a few things. The “Sidekick X RAZR Multimedia device” basically says it’s going to be made by Motorola, it’ll at least play music (possibly even video since they mention “multimedia” instead of “MP3”), and it will be a smaller form factor as is typical of the RAZR phones. Speculation past that at this point is probably just speculation. Whether or not this “Sidekick X RAZR” name will stick is yet to be seen as well, but chances are the “Sidekick” name is still going to be used since it mentions their “intentions with the Sidekick line”. What’s with the “4:49” in the middle? We’re assuming this was put up on a projector at the conference with a countdown timer to when the session was due to start, a common sight for anyone attending conferences. What’s with the blur? Out of courtesy, we covered up someone’s full name so they don’t catch any heat. Unfortunately no time line or expected drop date, so we expect it’s far in the future. As always, we’ll keep you updated on what we hear.

Sidekick 3 OTA 3.4 Rolls

Tuesday, March 20th, 2007

Looks like the OTA is upon us. A couple of good ones in this update. Character count is back in SMS messages, MyFaves support, saving photos, and the ability to download themes from the catalog. Free themes are still possible though.

From Danger’s Help page:
Release 3.4 Over-the-Air Update for Sidekick 3 Users

This Over-the-Air Update contains the following new device features:

* Support for myFaves phone plan – If you sign up for T-Mobile’s myFaves plan, you will see a new “myFaves” application on your device. To add myFaves contacts, go into the application, press MENU and select either Add myFaves Contact (to add a new contact) or Add from Address Book (to add an existing contact). Read more in the myFaves help page.
* Download “themes” from the Catalog – You can use the themes you download as backgrounds to your application splash screens. To apply a downloaded theme as your background, press JUMP to go to the Jump screen. Then press MENU and select Backgrounds. In the submenu that opens, your downloaded themes will appear at the top of the list.
* Save photo attachments – You can save Email photo attachments to your device. To save a photo, open the message then scroll down to the photo attachment you want to save. Scroll down to just below the photo and select the Save to Album button. Your photo is saved to the Device Album in the Camera application.
* Text message character counter – As you compose a text message, you can see a running count of the characters you’ve typed against the message character limit. You’ll also see the number of SMS messages required to send what you’ve typed. For example, if you see “2 140/146” below the message you’re composing, it means you’ve typed enough characters to require two text messages. It also tells you that in the second message you’ve typed 140 characters against the limit of 146 characters.

Note: Not all characters count the same. Some characters count as two and therefore decrease how many characters you’re allowed in any one message. Also, the message limit varies depending on how many messages you’ve typed. Check the count/limit indicator (e.g., 140/146) to see where you stand.

Thanks to Brandon for the heads-up

The Sidekick ID, the SKiD!

Tuesday, March 20th, 2007

When it rains, it pours… We’ve gotten confirmation from several sources that the new Sidekick will be dubbed the Sidekick ID, or the SKiD for short. (Yes, we know, be glad we didn’t pick a different picture for this post) This is the PV-150 we’ve seen on the FCC site, and heard in passing the past few months. Consider it confirmed now though. The details? It’s going to be about $100 with a 2 year contract and $150 with a 1 year contract. No bluetooth, no camera, no miniSD, no MP3 player, etc. Basically it will be a phone, web browser, and AIM client, with the addition of MyFaves. Why would you buy this? It’s inexpensive, people that can’t have camera phones at work can take it to work, and it’ll probably end up being one of those “Free with activation” phones further down the road. Expect it to hit in the next month or two, leaked pictures before then.

UPDATE: Speaking of leaked pictures, CrunchGear already has one:

Sidekick 3 4GB miniSD Cards

Monday, March 19th, 2007

For those that were wondering, it looks like (some) 4gb miniSD cards will work on the Sidekick 3. Of course, YMMV, but we’ve heard reports of people dropping in 4gig cards and having them work. Brandon provided the screenshot above for proof.

Rumor Roundup

Monday, March 19th, 2007

We’ve been hearing a couple rumors about an OTA for the Sidekick 3 coming soon. No definite dates, but then again it doesn’t really matter as we’ll go through the same old roll-out sequence of a few at a time. We’ve heard that maybe this OTA brings MyFaves support, but haven’t been able to confirm that. We heard that MyFaves support was coming out, but you would only get the update if you called and requested it. That’s highly unlikely, so don’t bother picking up the phone and bothering TMobile.

We also heard that the Sidekick 4 was coming out soon, but we know that’s bunk. The PV-150 is next on the list, sometime in the next two months or so. We know it’s not the “Sidekick 4” but it is another Sidekick model. We’ll get more details on it as soon as the FCC docs are released into the wild. From all we’ve heard it looks like this won’t be a device for the hardcore Sidekickers, but will be a highly affordable internet enabled phone for everyone else. Tmobile/Danger are skimping on the features in order to offer a low-cost phone with internet and AIM. If you debating on whether you should wait for the PV-150, don’t. Go ahead and get a Sidekick III, or settle in for the long wait for the Sidekick RAZR that may grace us who-knows-when.

Thursday Afternoon Link Roundup

Thursday, March 15th, 2007

Just a couple of stories we’ve seen in passing that we thought you might be interested in:

The first “doll” with his own Sidekick – of course coming from Mister Cartoon
Pass Da Chutney Or, OMFG this POS!! – A funny article about the frustrations one user has with his Sidekick II
GPhone Kinda, Sorta Confirmed by Google Spain, But Not Really – Should we start tossing the “sidekick-killer” term around yet?
Driving While Texting May Be Illegal in Oregon, Washington – Gizmodo wins best article picture of the year. Hiptop3 shamelessly steals it.

Sidekick 3 Razr sighting?

Tuesday, March 13th, 2007

It’s 2007, 3 months away from June. If TMobile is on track with the (seemingly more and more confirmed) roadmap, then we wouldn’t be surprised to see a prototype Sidekick NG, aka Sidekick 3 RAZR, out in the field. “Moonrock” wrote us today to tell us that she may have seen one. She was on a ferry, coming into Seattle (near Bellevue, WA which is TMobile headquarters!) when she saw what she thought was a black Sidekick 3 at first. She writes “I saw two girls leaving the ferry, one had a sk3, the other looked like it was just a black sk3, then I was trying to get a better look cause I realized there ISNT a black sk3 and realized it was a sk looking device that was super small.” She says it was “black, small, looked like the drawing.” We asked her if she might have mistaken it for a Diane Von Furstenberg Limited Edition, and she said that it wasn’t, because “it was very small.” Unfortunately she didn’t get any pictures and didn’t bother the girl with the device for more details, but says she will keep an eye out for it. We’ll let you know if we hear anything else of course.

Sidekick foils home invasion

Friday, March 9th, 2007

The men who police said raided a Queens home on Wednesday came armed with pistols, but they didn’t count on facing a quick-thinking 12-year-old and her new cell phone.

“I dialed 911 but I hit the ‘check’ button instead of ‘call,’ said Katie Ruiz, describing the nervous call she made on her week-old Sidekick 3, which foiled the violent home invasion. “I had to redial it.”

via AM NY