Telstra Blade Release Date?

We’ve had the following information for a bit, but haven’t been able to nail it down as true or false, so take it as a rumor. It’s an email from an Australian bloke who says:

ok, excitement asside, i have just travelled down to one of my telstra dealers as i said i would in my last post…

i strolled in and wondered over to the hiptop display and picked it up, having a squiz more or less, when a strapping young lad asked if i needed any assistance.
so i decided not to piss fart around and i got straight into it; “hiptop ’09 blade” i said, “do you know anything about it?”
to which he positively responded with a “why yes i do”…
i continued with a few basic questions about it:
– is it definitely coming to australia?
YES
– when is it coming out?
Around June/July ish, around the time the new iPhone is released (rivals much??)
– will it still be a $30 plan??
he didn’t confirm this, however he said that that was the main reason it was such a popular phone so he said he believed it would continue this tradition.

that pretty much concluded our chat. and i was happy with the information. (i couldn’t believe it, telstra ACTUALLY knew what they were talking about for once!!)

so there we have it, i hope the info i got is of use to you!!

keep in mind i am in australia, so this only applies to the aussies 😛 sorry to those in america still searching for information!!

and yes, i know you may be suspicious about this email but all i can do is give you the information telstra gave me which is legit.
any questions just email back.

He also mentioned in comments that he emailed Telstra, but they’re tight-lipped and said they won’t be carrying the Blade. So take it for what it’s worth. For what it’s worth, a release date of June/July sounds possible, whereas the April 1st guess is looking less and less likely.

Here, you might want this.

Thanks Stevo!

46 Responses to “Telstra Blade Release Date?”

  1. Dave Says:

    That’s when I figured it’d come out for the US. I’m saving out now

  2. meme Says:

    *sigh* Hopefully this is the truth! I don’t mind waiting. 🙂

  3. Alex Says:

    Probably a likely time, I suppose. Though I’ve learned over the years that reps for ANY phone company will lie, lie, and lie if it makes you happy. All they want is to sell things. They don’t know much of anything, so even if he’s right, I’ve a feeling it’s more coincidence than actual knowledge.

  4. must have resident evil 5 Says:

    I agree! What’s to say he didn’t lie.

  5. cAL Says:

    meme…same

  6. cAL Says:

    cAL on March 23, 2009 at 7:10 pm said:

    meme…same

    same

  7. REY Says:

    i figured that was around the time it would come out.
    april just sounded too soon.
    i dont care when it comes out anyways. just as long it comes out.

  8. recognizedakick Says:

    Its a lil bit more information than what weve had. Why would he lie? He even said that that particular location wont even be selling the new phone. Have a lil faith people. I, however, do not feel satisfied in knowing this is still a rumor and for aussies only. But like I said before, its a lil bit more information than what we have heard before. Thanks for a new topic hiptop3!

  9. gizmo Says:

    eh… so what?? i know its gonna come stateside. its just a matter of when, thats all. i dont care if the aussies get it first or last. i want to know when its making its stateside debut.

  10. gizmo Says:

    did every body read that grain of salt wiki link?? i say we all slowly ingest some poison with a grain of salt. lol

  11. julie Says:

    i was given the same info from a telstra rep last week as well.
    but i still don’t believe it.
    i doubt that someone who sells the phones would have such information readily available to them

  12. wiki Says:

    (With) a grain of salt is a literal translation of a Latin phrase, ( *** ) grano salis .

    In common parlance , if something is to be taken with a grain of salt , it means that a copious measure of skepticism should be applied regarding a claim; that it should not be blindly accepted and believed without any doubt or reservation. According to the Oxford English Dictionary “to take ‘it’ with a grain of salt” means “to accept a thing less than fully”. It dates this usage back to 1647.

  13. must have Resident Evil 5 Says:

    If I took a wild guess I would say that it would come out between augast(if that’s how you spell that) and october. That’s usaully when the sidekicks have been coming out………. I think.

  14. ALEX Says:

    I spoke with a Tmobile rep on the phone, having trouble with my LX..She took her time investigating the question I asked about the Blade of when its coming out..She said, its known as The sidekick LX 2(puzzled as well when I heard this)…

    Also, she states, from all the “evidence” she saw, its dropping in late May…

    Take it it however you like…

  15. Anonymous Says:

    ALEX on March 24, 2009 at 6:08 am said:

    I spoke with a Tmobile rep on the phone, having trouble with my LX..She took her time investigating the question I asked about the Blade of when its coming out..She said, its known as The sidekick LX 2(puzzled as well when I heard this)…

    Also, she states, from all the “evidence” she saw, its dropping in late May…

    Take it it however you like…

    We’ll it does look like another lx hence why she would call an lx2. But, I really doubt they’ll call it lx2. Doesn’t sound as appealing.

    But I still think june/july sounds more likely. But like I aslo said before, I don’t care when it comes out just that it does.

  16. alex Says:

    i have a sidekick lx and i have the 20 a month data (internet, e-mail, texting…) plan. if you have a grandfather account (my mom and i have been with t-mobile for 10 years now) they wont raise the price of the data plan. thats what i was told from the one guy in the t-mobile store when i went in and started asking questions about the new sidekick. they also said something about a june/july release date, but they couldn’t tell me exactly when

  17. RICK Says:

    I have a mint BLUE LX for sale..I am located in the NYC area..No longer needed it..Who wants it?

  18. crazyforwhat? Says:

    alex on March 24, 2009 at 9:18 am said:

    i have a sidekick lx and i have the 20 a month data (internet, e-mail, texting…) plan. if you have a grandfather account (my mom and i have been with t-mobile for 10 years now) they wont raise the price of the data plan. thats what i was told from the one guy in the t-mobile store when i went in and started asking questions about the new sidekick. they also said something about a june/july release date, but they couldn’t tell me exactly when

    IF YOU GET A 3G SIDEKICK you will pay $35 dollars a month.

    watch and see d1ckwad

  19. recognizedakick Says:

    When I talked to a rep she said that T-Mobile has 3 new phones coming out within the next 2 months. These are the Samsung T19 for March 25, the Motorola Renew for March 27, and then the Nokia 1661 for April 29. Apparently the SK 09 is not yet on the list. Looks like we will be waiting til the Summer after all if not later. =(

  20. alex Says:

    i was told that i wouldn’t have to pay the 35 a month because how much i pay now is “grandfathered” in. i even spoke to a t-mobile customer service person on the phone.

  21. Anonymous Says:

    ALEX on March 24, 2009 at 6:08 am said:

    I spoke with a Tmobile rep on the phone, having trouble with my LX..She took her time investigating the question I asked about the Blade of when its coming out..She said, its known as The sidekick LX 2(puzzled as well when I heard this)…

    Also, she states, from all the “evidence” she saw, its dropping in late May…

    Take it it however you like…

    Updating my post..Spoke with another rep, this time from the Sidekick department….Sold my LX..He says that this Blade, LX 2009 will actually be touchscreen..Take it with a grain of salt..He says it will drop around late summer/early fall…

    In other related non-kick news..Tmobile might be getting this phone..Nokia Morph..Google this if you have not heard about it..Its insane what it can do…2010 is its probable launch date…

  22. Rey Says:

    A touch screen for the sk doesn’t sound likely. Specially if the screen is still gonna be about the size of the old lx.
    It just doesn’t have a big enough screen for it to be touch screen.
    Why would they put touch screen on a sk anyways. Just doesn’t make sense.

  23. tanders04 Says:

    The problem with going into a store and asking a rep isn’t that anyone ends up ‘lying’ its that they’re repeating the same information back to you that you already know, ’cause they get it from the same place you do.

    Ran into this with a friend that works at a Verizon store. I’d always ask him about ______ he’d tell me this or that about it and I was thrilled because it re-enforced what I had learned on the net. As I talk to him more I realize its because he’s just reading the same stuff I’m reading. Odds are they’re gadget/phone fans too so it makes sense that they read the same stuff then in the interest of being ‘helpful’ tell us about it.

  24. kicklover86 Says:

    Dont get your hopes up folks I spoke to Tmobile today wen I bought a new phone cuz my LX BROKE…. 1. there IS a new Sidekick coming out. so we can lay that rumor to rest. 2. They have no idea if any of the new features we’ve been hearing about that are rumored to be on it are in fact on it. and 3. July/August is the actual release time, the representative told me its coming out in exactly 5 to 6 months…. so we can all calm down for a little while we have a ways to wait. and trust me this is 100% guaranteed information lol.

  25. Rey Says:

    kicklover86 on March 25, 2009 at 3:35 pm said:

    Dont get your hopes up folks I spoke to Tmobile today wen I bought a new phone cuz my LX BROKE…. 1. there IS a new Sidekick coming out. so we can lay that rumor to rest. 2. They have no idea if any of the new features we’ve been hearing about that are rumored to be on it are in fact on it. and 3. July/August is the actual release time, the representative told me its coming out in exactly 5 to 6 months…. so we can all calm down for a little while we have a ways to wait. and trust me this is 100% guaranteed information lol.

    That info sounds bogus to me.
    Tmobile reps(specially at a tmobile store) do not know anything bout new sk releases, features and what’s not. Danger appose to telling them because they know they have a big mouth lol.
    And anyways danger doesn’t have any reason to tell a tmobile rep.
    The only person I would believe that from would be from an sk rep when calling CS. That’s why when calling CS they are separate from regular tmobile rep.
    I believe sk needs to step it up so the features that we heard bout are fact in my opinion.

  26. recognizedakick Says:

    Im so sick of people saying that T-Mobile reps don’t know anything! How do u kno what they kno and don’t kno?! Give them a lil more credit PLEASE! Maybe they’re under contract or something and are not spose to talk about certain things until certain times. I wud think they would kno SOMETHING considering they actually WORK there. Im not saying that they don’t read these things because maybe most of them actually are getting their info from sites like these, but just don’t criticize them based on what u assume. Unless you are one then u can talk as much as u want about them =D

    I’m jus sayin =D

  27. ALEX Says:

    recognizedakick on March 25, 2009 at 8:57 pm said:

    Im so sick of people saying that T-Mobile reps don’t know anything! How do u kno what they kno and don’t kno?! Give them a lil more credit PLEASE! Maybe they’re under contract or something and are not spose to talk about certain things until certain times. I wud think they would kno SOMETHING considering they actually WORK there. Im not saying that they don’t read these things because maybe most of them actually are getting their info from sites like these, but just don’t criticize them based on what u assume. Unless you are one then u can talk as much as u want about them =D

    I’m jus sayin =D

    Well the 2 reps I chatted with seem pretty confident in the info they were revealing. Especially the 1 in the SK DEPARTMENT…He even dropped info on the rumored Tungsten and he think it might be the WING II…Let’s just see what happens next month or when School ends to see what Tmobile and danger will be constructing….

  28. ALEX Says:

    I know its off topic, but on boygeniusreport.com they have pics up apparently the HTC TOUCH PRO 2 is COMING to Tmobile. Its got the brand an all…That would be sweet…

  29. ALEX Says:

    [IMG]http://i614.photobucket.com/albums/tt229/YUCATEX3081/tmo-pro2-2.jpg[/IMG]
    [IMG]http://i614.photobucket.com/albums/tt229/YUCATEX3081/tmo-pro2.jpg[/IMG]

  30. RamaBama Says:

    I want that sidekick lx mines mess up…email me sigma99beta@live.com

  31. Dyingforit Says:

    Ok Here is what just came to me! I don’t think that the Blade will be released in material form on April 1st but just that T-mo will announce it and confirm it since its the start of the Grammy tour!

  32. muchacho Says:

    Dyingforit on March 30, 2009 at 9:35 am said:

    Ok Here is what just came to me! I don’t think that the Blade will be released in material form on April 1st but just that T-mo will announce it and confirm it since its the start of the Grammy tour!

    I think that it will be announced before June 1st but not actually available to around August. My brothers friend has the sidekick blade prototype and she said that there are software issues that need to be fixed. She also said there is a touchscreen sidekick that’s going to be released after the blade.

  33. Dyingforit Says:

    I wouldnt want a touch screen sidekick it sort of ruins it for me and it just drains your battery and adds to the weight and the bulk of it and i also think the swivel would be affected due to the thicker part with the touch screen

  34. meme Says:

    Dyingforit on March 31, 2009 at 2:23 pm said:

    I wouldnt want a touch screen sidekick it sort of ruins it for me and it just drains your battery and adds to the weight and the bulk of it and i also think the swivel would be affected due to the thicker part with the touch screen

    You have no idea about anything. I don’t know much at all but I’m not going to make stupid posts saying the battery life is going to be drained and the “swivel would be affected due to the thicker part with the touch screen.” WTF does that even mean? Just stop posting and making stupid comments that make no sense. Just trust Danger/Microsoft, I believe if they made a touch screen sidekick it will be very innovative.

  35. seeker Says:

    is the phone with the plan? like normal phones on plans or do we have to pay extra for the cost of the phone???
    s:

  36. unicornkid Says:

    so does this meanits possibly coming outin Australia June/July??

  37. PHETZ Says:

    Just to address a few issues surrounding the LX 09 dropping in Australia.

    From past experience, Telstra salespeople have no clue, period.

    Before the launch of the Slide back in ’07, I visited many stores asking for information. I was told that we weren’t getting it, that it would drop Q1 2008, that it would in fact be the LX and not the Slide. As I recall, the Slide was released in early November, possibly the 5th? But I actually got my Slide on the 1st due to a mix-up at my local Telstra shop. The moral of the story is JUST WAIT IT OUT.

  38. Kieren Says:

    I recently contacted Telstra via the online help center email option, asking details of an Australian release of the Hiptop Blade on Telstra and asking for confirmation of the rumours but they denied them all… Really quite annoying 🙁

  39. cassie Says:

    No advertisement or anything has happened and its the end of June
    i am thinking this is bogus and that it wont come to AU after all.

  40. TelstraMan Says:

    I work as a Telstra Dealer, and I also own the older Hiptop Slide. Last week, I had a Telstra Rep come out from Telstra itself, and being a Hiptop Fanatic, I had to ask what the go was with the new Sidekick LX ’09. He said to me that Telstra was not 100% sure, because they only just recently took the Hiptop Slide off the Market, but releasing the LX ’09 certainly was something that was brought up at their meetings. So to everyone who gets dodgy info, this is info provided to you from a Source WITHIN Telstra, from a man who actually does the sales side. Obviously, if he were out only for money, he would have said something like “Yes, it’s definately being released at XX/XX/2010, and it WILL be on the $30 Hiptop Plan”, but because he was being honest, he told me the truth – Telstra is still not sure. Apparently, the big final decision should be apparent around December sometime.

    Hope This Helps 🙂

  41. TelstraMan Says:

    Also, in regards to the Phone being on a Plan:

    IF Telstra releases the LX ’09, then it will be an MRO (Mobile Repayment Option) on top of the $30 for the Hiptop Plan (Free SMS/MMS/Data Usage)

    This Plan is the HIPTOP PLAN for a reason, meaning why release a hiptop without the plan?

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  43. ReLlywantsit Says:

    It’s December 2009, is this phone released already? Please I need help. I really want to buy It now. Whats the price? And what is the plan for it? Is it just like the old hiptop with improved features. I really want know when it is coming to Australia. It is December.

  44. bonnie Says:

    So what happend to it comming to Australia!!!

    Its now 2010!

    So, if i buy an sidekick lx 2009 unlocked off ebay, will it work here in australia, internet included?
    i can change to any carrier i just want the phonne

  45. micky! Says:

    its 2010. dude wtf. really. its not here. cmon! lies. 🙁

  46. Tania Says:

    Please update us! I don’t want to just go and buy a different phone if it’s possible I can buy this one.



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