Archive for August, 2009

New T-Mobile Sidekick Commercial

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

We’re a sucker for a well-done commercial and it’s not often T-Mobile has one. But this time they pulled one out with their new Sidekick LX 2009 dance-off commercial. I’m really not sure how these people in the video do the things they do with their bodies.

For more behind the scenes of the making of this commercial and even more crazy dance moves, check out T-Mobile’s YouTube channel.

Sidekick Promo on Xbox Live

Monday, August 17th, 2009
Xbox Live Sidekick Promo

I just turned on my Xbox 360 and what do I see but a giant Sidekick LX 2009 3G staring back at me! T-Mobile is teaming up with Microsoft for a special Sidekick promo on Xbox Live. If you download the T-Mobile Gamer Picture you’ll be entered in a contest to win a free Xbox Live Gold membership. In addition, the weekend of August 29th-31st will be a free Gold Weekend. That means that any Xbox Live Silver members will have all the privileges of Gold accounts for the weekend.

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Price Drop for Sidekick LX 2009

Monday, August 17th, 2009
Sidekick LX 2009 Orchid

Been holding out on the Sidekick LX 2009 because of the price? Well it’s dropped. You can now pick up an Orchid or Carbon Sidekick LX 2009 for only $175 (with a 2 year contract). This is pretty cheap, considering they’re going for $200-300 on eBay!

Thanks Jonny!

German Sidekicks Going Away?

Monday, August 17th, 2009

In some very sad news, it looks like T-Mobile Germany may actually be bringing down the axe on the Sidekick. There is a post over on that gives some cause for concern. What, you can’t read German? Here is the content of the article, translated via Google:

T-Mobile announces Sidekick services on 31 December
The reason is termination of service by American producer Danger

T-Mobile announces the remaining value of a current Sidekick, the Sidekick service as well as the Sidekick Data option on 31 December this year. This confirmed a spokesman for the company over The reason for the termination of the options is to set the Sidekick service by the American producer Danger. The smartphone of the Californian company, originally under the name Hiptop become known in Germany and were initially exclusive to E-Plus markets. Later, T-Mobile devices on the German market. The mobile telecoms subsidiary called smartphones, but – as in the U.S. – Sidekick.

Termination option, but not termination

As the T-Mobile Press Office notifies the service center Danger for the whole of Europe on 31 December, so that any user of the device – no matter under what name – which is affected. In the U.S. offer Danger’s service, however, continue to converge, as there are also more recent Sidekick devices are sold and they are enjoying great popularity. From the termination had several thousand T-Mobile customers affected, the spokesman Dirk Wende.
The affected customers are in the tariff options, but not the whole contract being terminated. As it says in the letter: “Your T-Mobile contract shall remain unaffected and continue to exist.” Turning points, however, if the customer is at the T-Mobile hotline turn, will be a “solution together with the customer” can be found. Here you will also offers customers to switch to current equipment and fares subject. Wool partout but the customer terminate the contract, there will be also a possibility, since each Hotliner a “some leeway”, so the T-Mobile spokesman.

It’s a bit difficult to read, but it looks like Germany is losing the Sidekick, but that it will continue on in the United States: “In the U.S. offer Danger’s service, however, continue to converge, as there are also more recent Sidekick devices are sold and they are enjoying great popularity.” Unfortunately the only English article we can find on this says “A company spokesperson attributed the move to the Sidekick service being terminated by Sidekick manufacturer Danger” and a similar statement is given in the sub-headline of the German article. Hopefully this is just a translation mistake and they intend it to mean that Danger is terminating the German service and not across the board for all Sidekicks. Regardless, it’s a sad day for all the German Sidekick/Hiptop users.

Thanks Mike!

TeleNav GPS Application for the Sidekick

Monday, August 17th, 2009
TeleNav GPS Navigator

You’ve probably already noticed this if you’ve been in the Download Catalog lately, but there’s a new GPS app out there in addition to Microsoft Live Bing. Everyone is always clamoring for turn-by-turn navigation on their devices so they can use them while they drive. TeleNav delivered a solution for the Sidekick LX 2009 in the form of “TeleNav GPS Navigator”. For $9.99 a month you’ll get “voice-guided and onscreen turn-by-turn driving directions”, automatic re-routing, 3D maps, traffic alerts, business information, weather, and even speech recognition so you don’t have to type while driving! Most of the time when I see an application with a recurring fee, I’m instantly turned off by it. But if I was driving regularly, I imagine this app would be incredibly useful! If you’re using this app, let us know how it is in the comments.

Here are some screenshots from the catalog:

TeleNav GPS NavigatorTeleNav GPS Navigator

Official announcement