December 31st, 2010
There’s some question about the legitimacy of these new “Sidekicks” that are being sold as the MobiFlip. According to appletech, a long time moderator on the official forums, they might not be all they’re cracked up to be! He says:
I wouldn’t be surprised if this phone disappears off the market soon because I don’t think they have any service agreements with Danger/MS to distribute their software.
They also more than likely purchased a bulk supply of refurb devices and some how modified the OS to add the Opera browser, something else that probably violates Danger/MS terms.
We know nothing about this device, if it’s locked, how they are even getting data services, etc…
So I wouldn’t be telling people it will work with whatever carrier they want.
People are reporting in the forums that the devices are working and even have data service. Rather than using the built in web browser that would proxy through the Danger servers, they’re running Opera Mini. Perhaps someone has finally unlocked the Sidekick’s data for use on any network? Whether or not they have the blessing of T-Mobile/Microsoft/etc is unknown.
December 19th, 2010
Mobilesyrup is reporting that the Sidekick LX 2009 is resurfacing, this time under a new name. The device will be available from Mobilicity in Canada and is being called the MobiFlip 3G. According to the upcoming flyer it looks like you Canadians can score the device for $49.99 (after rebate) without signing a contract. Not too shabby. Rumors point to a launch before the end of the year.
image via Mobilesyrup
September 13th, 2010
*brushing off the dust to bring you a new post*
Just got an email from someone in the developer program. They logged in recently and saw the above message.
On September 21, 2010 we will stop accepting new game and application submissions.
We would like to thank all of the developers that have created content for Danger-powered devices along with the supportive members of the developer community. The Danger platform and end-user experience are better because of your amazing contributions over the years.
If you have any further questions please contact your Danger representative.
Sounds like the Danger Developer Zone is shutting down soon, and assumedly the Download Catalog won’t be getting many new additions after September 21st. It’s incredibly sad to to see the first OVer-The-Air App Store fade away.
July 1st, 2010
It’s been a good run Danger Sidekick, but T-Mobile says you’re done.
“As T-Mobile looks to further innovate and raise the bar for the next generation of the T-Mobile Sidekick, as of July 2, the Sidekick LX and Sidekick 2008 will no longer be available through T-Mobile, including retail stores, care, telesales and online.”
This doesn’t mean that the Sidekick service will be stopped on July 2nd. T-Mobile hasn’t said anything about the longevity of that. This just means you’ll have to buy a Sidekick elsewhere. But there are hints that the Sidekick line may carry on (at least in name). Everyone’s chattering about this Sidekick Twist, which may be what T-Mobile has up their sleeve.
Oh, and for those that haven’t been following the news elsewhere, the Kin is done for as well.
May 17th, 2010
There are rumors flying all around about a possible Sidekick successor. Both TmoNews and PhoneDog are reporting that there is a new HTC phone in the works codenamed Project Emerald that will be the next Sidekick. No really, like with the Sidekick name not just another phone meant to take the place of the Sidekick. There’s speculation that it will be called the Sidekick Twist, but of course that could change before launch, which people are guessing is “summer”. Of course this is all still rumors, but here’s what TmoNews is saying about the specs on this new device:
[...] we hear the device will boast Android OS 2.1, a 1 GHz Processor (Snapdragon?), with a front facing Camera and a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display. This new device will also be flaunting 16GB of onboard storage with T-Mobile preloaded apps for active lifestyle oriented apps
As most of you know, the name “Sidekick” is owned by T-Mobile, not Danger/Microsoft. T-Mobile can use the name to market whatever phone they want. Previous Sidekicks were manufactured by Sharp or Motorola (the Slide), and this new phone is rumored to be made by HTC. With it running Android, that means no Danger OS and no back-end over the air syncing like in the past. With all of these changes, there’s a big question to be answered: Is it still a Sidekick?
April 16th, 2010
Looks like T-Mobile is no longer selling the Sidekick on their site. The Sidekick LX 2009 was the last device on there and now there’s no sign of it. If you need one, looks like there’s only one place to go.
UPDATE: As many have pointed out, the Sidekick LX 2009 Carbon is back up on T-Mobile for $99. Was the disappearance just another mistake? Stop toying with our emotions T-Mobile!
April 2nd, 2010
If you’ve ever tried to call T-Mobile and get your Sidekick unlocked to use on another carrier, you know they tell you that the Sidekick can’t be unlocked. Well that’s just plain false. You CAN unlock your Sidekick and call and text on other carriers. In fact I just unlocked my Sidekick LX 2009 the other day so that I could use it on whatever carrier I wanted.
UnlockYourSidekick.com is a brand new site where you can get your device unlocked. Rather than sending it off, or waiting for days to get an unlock code, all you have to do is download their software, connect your Sidekick to your computer, and unlock your device on your own.
The guys at UnlockyourSidekick hooked me up with a free unlock because I wanted to see if they were for real. They’re legit and the software (Windows only) is super easy to use. It’ll walk you through step by step. The hardest part for me was getting the battery out of my device. If for some reason you’re not satisfied, there’s a 30 day money back guarantee.
Most of the recent Sidekick models are supported:
- Sidekick 3 (including DWade and Dianne Von Furstenburg Limited Editions)
- Sidekick 2008
- Sidekick LX (including Tony Hawk Limited Edition)
- Sidekick LX 2009
Others are “Coming soon”
You can unlock your Sidekick at UnlockYourSidekick.com.
March 17th, 2010
T-Mobile UK Sidekick users are receiving letters that inform them the Sidekick service will be shut off on April 15th. Once this happens you’ll still be able to make calls, send text messages, but anything related to the data service will no longer work. Make sure you back up all your personal info before that day so you don’t risk losing it!
March 1st, 2010
Looks like the FCC docs for a “Slide Dual-band CDMA Phone with Bluetooth/WLAN” made by Sharp have shown up on the FCC site. The model number, PB20ZU, is unsuprisingly close to that of the Turtle.
Of course, nothing juicy like external shots until 180 days after the filing, which would put us out at early August. I imagine the Pink devices will be out by then, or at least for Microsoft’s sake I would hope so.
For the record, the FCC ID is APYNAR0066.