T-Mobile to take the Catalog model to all devices

Download Fun Catalog

When Apple released their App Store for the iPhone most Sidekick users laughed and talked about how the Sidekick has had the Catalog (aka Download Fun) for years. We’ve been buying, downloading, and installing apps before the iPhone was even around. But as it stands now, there aren’t many phones out there that you can do this with. T-Mobile is looking to change that. They’re basically going to take the Catalog model and make it easy for developers to write applications and get them deployed to multiple devices. And when you buy an application, part of what you paid for it will go back to the developer with a revenue-sharing arrangement.

We don’t foresee anything major happening to the Sidekick platform, as it basically has the capabilities that T-Mobile is looking to implement on other phones. What we do think will change is the quality and quantity of applications and games available in the Catalog. With developers programming apps for multiple devices they will be motivated to make them Sidekick compatible as they wil make more money the more devices their application can be purchased on. T-Mobile is also opening things up for anyone to get in on the action. So you won’t have to be some big software firm that’s partnered with T-Mobile. You can be just some guy sitting on your couch writing programs.

Another interesting thing is that T-Mobile will be doing a revenue-sharing model with the developer that’s based on the amount of bandwidth used. With T-Mobile launching their 3G network, we should start seeing more streaming audio and video in the future. Chances are we won’t see any of this streaming (except perhaps low quality audio) on the current Sidekick models as the EDGE network can’t handle it, but we would be very surprised if the next generation Sidekicks don’t have support for it along with 3G capabilities. And no, we haven’t heard any details worth reporting about a Sidekick 3G is coming yet. If you’re debating on whether you should wait for it or buy a Sidekick 2008, Hiptop3.com recommends buying the Sidekick 2008.

T-Mobile hasn’t dropped an official announcement on any of this yet, but as soon as we hear more, we’ll let you know.

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14 Responses to “T-Mobile to take the Catalog model to all devices”

  1. cLey Says:

    Sidekick sucks! Iphone has more apps.

  2. uh Says:

    cLey on August 9, 2008 at 3:28 pm said:

    Sidekick sucks! Iphone has more apps.

    hi, just wondering what your doing on a sidekick dedicated site if you think they suck. the reason why we dont have as much apps is because Danger tests them throughly so that they are stable and actually worth putting on the catalog. unlike the iphone with some of the apps just plain ridiculous and useless costing up to $1000. although that one app was removed it wouldve never made it onto the sidekick catalog if submitted.
    oh a some much for cut and paste huh

  3. yourfagget Says:

    they should put tetris back

  4. cLey Says:

    I followed sidekick since the beginning… and ended with a LX and called it quits. LX has the much better screen than any other. The LX is very stable and very limited. Its so outdated, its ridiculous. The only good thing was the plan, aim, and the push tmail, thats it. Even though all email looks like someone just text you.
    The iphone is buggy, but its better than the LX and probably all other sidekicks in the making with Danger. Hopefully, Microsoft can get sidekick on the right path.

    I don’t even want to talk about the sidekick 2008, it has nothing new!

  5. cLey Says:

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB121842341491928977.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

  6. cLey Says:

    Cant compare apps….

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB121842341491928977.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

  7. cLey Says:

    cLey on August 11, 2008 at 2:22 pm said:

    I followed sidekick since the beginning… and ended with a LX and called it quits. LX has the much better screen than any other. The LX is very stable and very limited. Its so outdated, its ridiculous. The only good thing was the plan, aim, and the push tmail, thats it. Even though all email looks like someone just text you.
    The iphone is buggy, but its better than the LX and probably all other sidekicks in the making with Danger. Hopefully, Microsoft can get sidekick on the right path.

    I don’t even want to talk about the sidekick 2008, it has nothing new!

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB121842341491928977.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

  8. srick8923 Says:

    thats only becuase Danger has restictons on thier developing come to think about it in order to become a developer its free they give you the SDK to use on your computer but in order to test one out on a real device you must develop an application in j2me and send it off to danger as an application process, I think that they should just get rid of this lousy process once and for all

  9. 718heightz Says:

    MAN THAT DOWNLOADING **** IS GARBAGE. WHY WOULD SOMETHING LIKE AN ALARM BE 3.00 DOLLARS. THEMES SHOULD BE IN DA CENTS NOT IN DA DOLLARS.
    IF THEY REALLY WANT MONEY THAN COME OUT WIT A PHONE WITH UP TO DATE FEATURES AND STOP PUSHING OLD FEATURES IN NEW SIDEKICKS
    LISTEN I HAVE A LX IMMA WAIT UNTIL DA HOLIDAY SEASON. WHEN I WAS ON DA PHONE WITH A TM EMPLOYEE HE TOLD ME THAT TM IS COMING OUT WITH A NEW SIDEKICK WITH TOUCHSCREEN AND GOOGLE GPS AND ALL THAT GOOD STUFF.. AND HE SAID THAT THEY GOING STRAIGHT FOR A IPHONE KILLER. IT LOOKS LIKE DA HTC DREAM PHONE OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT IS GONNA BE THE NEXT SIDEKICK CUZ TM ANG GOOGLE ARE PARTNERING TO MAKING DIZ PHONE …NICEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE
    AND YES IM 100 PERCENT SURE ITS DA NEW SIDEKICK CUZ TM GONNA RELEASE IT …IF FOR SOME ODD REASON ITS NOT THAN TM GOT A PHONE THEY SHOULD BE PROUD OF

  10. DaNii Says:

    This is sooo not cool… Maybe with all this money we pay every month… Ringtones, Games, and other **** should be FREE!!!

  11. yalette Says:

    The first time I ever got a cell phone it was with tm an l’am still with tm,but it really sucks that a lot of the games I was able 2 get with my other fones,lam not able 2 get with the sidekick lx .You really need 2 bring pinball and centipede back!

  12. Chuck`Bass Says:

    718heightz on August 18, 2008 at 10:51 pm said:

    MAN THAT DOWNLOADING **** IS GARBAGE. WHY WOULD SOMETHING LIKE AN ALARM BE 3.00 DOLLARS. THEMES SHOULD BE IN DA CENTS NOT IN DA DOLLARS.
    IF THEY REALLY WANT MONEY THAN COME OUT WIT A PHONE WITH UP TO DATE FEATURES AND STOP PUSHING OLD FEATURES IN NEW SIDEKICKS
    LISTEN I HAVE A LX IMMA WAIT UNTIL DA HOLIDAY SEASON. WHEN I WAS ON DA PHONE WITH A TM EMPLOYEE HE TOLD ME THAT TM IS COMING OUT WITH A NEW SIDEKICK WITH TOUCHSCREEN AND GOOGLE GPS AND ALL THAT GOOD STUFF.. AND HE SAID THAT THEY GOING STRAIGHT FOR A IPHONE KILLER. IT LOOKS LIKE DA HTC DREAM PHONE OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT IS GONNA BE THE NEXT SIDEKICK CUZ TM ANG GOOGLE ARE PARTNERING TO MAKING DIZ PHONE …NICEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE
    AND YES IM 100 PERCENT SURE ITS DA NEW SIDEKICK CUZ TM GONNA RELEASE IT …IF FOR SOME ODD REASON ITS NOT THAN TM GOT A PHONE THEY SHOULD BE PROUD OF

    Not a new SK. I realize this post was before the google phone was released,
    But I can guarantee that no TM rep told you all those things.
    Especially not that it was a new sidekick or any features.

    They are very secretive with new phones and don’t release that kind of info over the phone with customers.

    Its all found out through leaks *employees blabbing*
    And that’s mainly where this site gets its info.

  13. 3Gguy Says:

    Guys…I’m in the future. Sidekick has 3g but not much has change. Alarm clock is still $3.

  14. nigel Says:

    Im’ just wondering. how much for the sidekick 2008?



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