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Fido To Shutdown Hiptop Service

Sunday, February 15th, 2009
Fido Killing Hiptop Service

Some sad sad news today for our neighbors up north. Fido, the Canadian carrier for the Hiptop, is sending out text messages to their Hiptop customers saying “Fido info: We have some important information about your Hip Top option. Please call us at 1-866-273-FIDO (3436) and press 2”. Those calling the number are being informed that Fido will be shutting down the Hiptop service come April 30th, 2009. It’s a sad day, and many users are now trying to figure out what device to move to. Sorry to see you guys go! Here’s hoping the Sidekick/Hiptop makes it back up there under another provider! Maybe via T-Mobile? It’s been almost a year since they were rumored to be moving into Canada.

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Sidekick II is the 16th most popular device in the US

Wednesday, November 19th, 2008

According to AdMob, a mobile advertising network, the Sidekick II is still in the top 20 handsets in the United States. This stat is based on ad impressions, so take it with a grain of salt. However it’s still interesting to see it ranking so high over 4 years after it’s release! Of course the iPhone has taken the number one spot, but we’re not sure why more recent Sidekick models aren’t showing up. If you want to check out the full report, you can grab the PDF.

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Sidekicks are “Magnets for Muggers”

Thursday, November 6th, 2008

The Providence Journal has a great article up about cell phone robberies that continuously mentions the Sidekick. Apparently the Sidekick Slide is the most popular Sidekick and the one most commonly stolen. We kind of wonder how much research the author of the article actually did. Some great quotes from the article:

Martinez, 18, of Warwick, a self-described cell-phone addict, now counts herself a casualty of the urban cell-phone culture. More than one-third of the robberies in Providence this year are cell-phone robberies, and Police Chief Dean M. Esserman said “a good number” of the robberies last year were the same.

A band around the LX model glows blue to signal an incoming message.

“This is why they steal the phone, because it lights up,” Martinez said. “It’s amusing to people …”

Standing on the sidewalk on Hamilton Street where she was attacked, Nathalie described what happened on that day last winter.

“I thought it was one of my friends playing around with me” at first. “When I looked back, I hit him with my purse. But I had my nails done [that day], so I couldn’t, really, like, fight with him and stuff … I was scared. I was really scared.”

Martinez had a big bill to pay — about $500 — after the Riverwalk mugging. She did not get through right away to T-Mobile, her service provider, to report the loss. In the 13 hours the robber had her phone before she gave notice, he ran up the bill by downloading wallpaper and ringtones — each time for a fee — and making interstate calls and calls to the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. T-Mobile wouldn’t waive the charges.

She now stays up late at night on her fourth cell phone, a Sidekick LX, which she keeps taped to a living room end table when it’s not in use so that when friends come over to her house, their light-fingered companions don’t lift it.

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Where’s the Hiptophunt Halloween Hunt?

Wednesday, October 8th, 2008

So, I just wanted to make a post about the status of the 2008 Halloween Hunt… there is none this year. Why you may ask? A few reasons. Allow me to explain.

First off (And this is a big one), the code that powers the halloween hunt is more trouble than it’s worth. Things are so not efficient. It takes HOURS to set everything up, insert items into the list, create team emails (That task alone takes 4 hours), adjust teams, etc. It’s a hassle. Approving posts takes days, and is hard to do with multiple people. (This was tried last year and just caused more problems) The original plan was to recreate the whole site, and make everything light years better. Unfortunately this didn’t happen. (The reasons for this will follow too.)

Second off, I have no time. I’m busy working on paying projects. There’s no money in the Halloween Hunt. It’s not sponsored by anyone, no one pays me to do it. It’s all out of my pocket, which is looking pretty empty these days, as my paying projects haven’t yet paid off. I keep the site ad free to save bandwidth on the device and make it load faster and frankly, I hate ads. If I got paid hourly for the work that goes into the hunt, I’d be a very rich individual. Let’s just say when there is a hunt, the whole month of October gets devoted to it, and it’s still not enough to do everything.

Now, up until a hour or so ago I was highly considering still doing a hunt… although scaled back. (It’s tradition… it has to go on, right?) However, the actions of some individual or individuals has led me to say, “F**k it.” An individual sent me a link to an urban dictionary post containing the following;

exiva

a larger than average male (we are not sure on the fact that he is a male… will get back to you on that one). He loves Danger Inc. with his heart, and will suck their c**ks to get their attention. Unfortunately, (s)he is a failure at life and his/her apps suck c**k (not Danger c**k though)

God damnit, that dude(tte) is trying to submit his lame ass app and is being an exiva by sucking danger c**k.

Now, why would I waste my time and put off my projects and squeeze in time to do something entirely for free for someone who decides to post that? I wouldn’t. I don’t care anymore. The hunt was something I had volunteered to do… out of courtesy to the community. But if people go ahead and post this crap, why waste my time? Is it fair to kill off the hunt for the actions of one or two individuals? No. But, again, I don’t care. It’s [now] my hunt, and I’ll do whatever I so choose with it. Should MikePop or divinity choose to continue the hunt, more power to them. I will not be putting it on this year.

I had considered posting a name of the individual who I think did this, but I’ve chosen not to. It’s not worth it.

Oh, also, Volcom? I don’t care about your prizes. Seriously, they might end up in the trash tomorrow. Call Danger and whine to them about it.

So, Happy Halloween everyone and thank you Hiptop3 for the space to post this. Maybe I’ll be back next year with the hunt… Who knows.

-exiva

Suncom Hiptop Customers get Free T-Mobile Sidekick

Tuesday, September 9th, 2008
Sidekick 2008 White Open

One small detail with the T-Mobile/Suncom transition that is important to all you Hiptop owners is that you’ll need to get a new phone. The Suncom branded Hiptops will apparently not work on the T-Mobile network, so you will need to get a T-Mobile branded Sidekick if you want to continue to use data services. You’ll be able to make/receive calls and send/receive text messages, but no email or web browsing after November 8, 2008. The good news though is that you’ll get a free T-Mobile Sidekick to replace your phone. No word yet on whether or not you’ll get an upgraded phone, but we doubt T-Mobile will replace Sidekick IIs with another Sidekick II, so we’re betting they’ll be handing out Sidekick 2008s. You should receive info from T-Mobile on how to go about getting your new phone soon. Here’s what Suncom’s site says:

Q:What happens to my hiptop®?

A:If you have a hiptop, you have the opportunity to get a new T-Mobile Sidekick® for free. The Sidekick gives you virtually the same functionality as the hiptop, plus a host of exclusive features and content available only through the Sidekick. You should have received a special notification from T-Mobile with instructions on how to get your Sidekick.

So what does that mean? That means this is a great chance to do more than ever before. A few notes: You’ll still be able to make and receive calls, send and receive email, text and picture messages, instant message and browse the mobile Web on your hiptop until November 8, 2008. After that–starting on November 9, 2008–your hiptop will be able to make and receive calls and send and receive text and picture messages only. So upgrade to your new Sidekick before November 8.

T-Mobile is now in the Carolinas and Puerto Rico

Tuesday, September 9th, 2008

T-Mobile’s takeover of Suncom is pretty much complete after about a year since the purchase was announced. They’ve announced that it is now “T-Mobile Service” in the areas that Suncom formerly provided cell service for. These areas include North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. They’ve also started rebranding the Suncom stores as T-Mobile stores, so you should see signs switching on the brick and mortar stores if you’re in one of these areas. Here’s the official press release from T-Mobile:

T-Mobile USA Launches Service in the Carolinas and Puerto Rico
And in Additional Former SunCom Markets

BELLEVUE, Wash.—Sept. 8, 2008—T-Mobile USA, Inc. today announced it has launched the T-Mobile brand and service in former SunCom markets throughout North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

“Today, millions of consumers now have a new and powerful choice in national wireless communications – and that choice is T-Mobile®,” said Sue Nokes, chief customer and operations officer, T-Mobile USA. “Our commitment to customers, existing and new, is that you will find a happy home with
T-Mobile. Our customer service is top-ranked. We’ve invested millions to build out local networks. And we have a proven track record of bringing dynamic new offerings to market that make it easy and convenient to keep important people close — no matter how near or far they are.”

These new T-Mobile customers (former SunCom customers) now can receive the benefits of T-Mobile’s nationwide network, improved regional coverage, top-quality customer service, and breakthrough communications products and services. This completes the transition of SunCom Wireless to T-Mobile. The acquisition, for an aggregate of approximately $2.4 billion in cash and assumed debt, was announced in September 2007 and completed in February 2008.

With the changeover to T-Mobile, customers can have access to rate plans comparable or greater in value to the ones they enjoyed with SunCom. The vast majority of customers also can enjoy the new benefits of T-Mobile service while keeping their current mobile phone and number, making the transition to T-Mobile easy and hassle-free.

Today, former SunCom retail locations have been re-launched as T-Mobile stores, allowing customers to shop close to home and at familiar locations that now feature a new selection of products and services from T-Mobile. Former SunCom customers will be getting detailed information on their transition to
T-Mobile later this month. Customers can also visit https://www.lobuenoseponemejor.com/ in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands and www.verygoodday.info in the U.S. to learn more about the transition and find answers to a variety of commonly asked questions.

T-Mobile will continue to deliver innovative products and services that offer customers better ways to communicate with those most important to them. This includes services such as Unlimited HotSpot Calling and T-Mobile @Home® that provide great call quality and unlimited nationwide calling from home via Wi-Fi for a low, flat rate.* It also includes access to T-Mobile’s myFaves® service offering unlimited nationwide calling to five people.** T-Mobile offers a wide variety of exclusive handsets such as the T-Mobile Sidekick®, T-Mobile Shadow™, and T-Mobile Dash™, as well as in-demand phones such as MOTOROKR E8, Nokia 5610 XpressMusic, Samsung Katalyst and Sony Ericsson TM506, plus a wide variety of BlackBerry® devices.

With the transition, new T-Mobile customers now have access to T-Mobile’s coast-to-coast national network as well as regional coverage, which is greatly enhanced from SunCom’s former network. Since the acquisition, T-Mobile has invested more than $100 million in strengthening the network in the Carolinas and Puerto Rico to give customers a stronger signal in a wider area, as one example of the enhanced regional coverage. The transition also increases T-Mobile’s national network coverage so that the company now serves 99 of the top 100 markets nationally.

T-Mobile operates an all-digital network based exclusively on GSM technology, which is the most widely used digital standard worldwide. T-Mobile customers benefit from this global technology platform by having the choice to use their same phone and same phone number when traveling across the country and internationally. Consistent with its stick together® mission, T-Mobile provides customers with voice coverage in more than 220 countries worldwide, including through T-Mobile’s roaming partners.
T-Mobile HotSpot subscribers also can enjoy Wi-Fi wireless broadband service at more than 45,000 total locations, across 25 countries, throughout North America, Europe and Asia.

*Unlimited HotSpot Calling and T-Mobile @Home require capable devices and qualifying plans. Calls must originate on Wi-Fi network.

**MyFaves allows unlimited nationwide calling to five U.S. numbers; some exclusions apply.

T-Mobile Sidekick Presents Nelly Live

Thursday, September 4th, 2008

T-Mobile is putting on a live concert from Nelly streamed straight to MySpace. To check it out, go to https://www.myspace.com/sidekick on Sept 4th at 9:30pm EST (6:30pm PST)

A MySpace for Sidekicks: SidekickProfiles.com

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008
SidekickProfiles screenshot

We’re all about the community that’s formed around the Sidekick over the years. It’s amazing at the number of groups that the Sidekick has given rise to. Whether it’s chatting on forums (PBD forums or Hiptop3.com forums), posting on a community blog (Hiptop Nation or PBD Blogs), sharing Sidekick Themes (sk08, skLX, skSlide, or sk3), doing the annual Halloween HiptopHunt, or just saying hi to someone with a Sidekick on the bus.

Now we have one more site that strengthens this community, SidekickProfiles.com. It’s brand spanking new, but it looks like it has a lot of promise. It’s basically like MySpace, but for Sidekick users. The layout is specifically designed for the Sidekick browser and loads fast and perfectly every time. It has a lot of the same basic features of MySpace and should be a great way to connect with other Sidekick users. You can setup your own profile with pictures and customized layouts. You can also add friends, leave comments, message people, etc. I recommend you check it out! I did

Evil Video Crashes the Sidekick

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

No, this isn’t some new fancy device that’s going to kill the Sidekick. It’s a corrupted 3gp video file that has the potential to hard reset a Sidekick with very little user interaction that’s out in the wild. That’s right, hard reset, as in wipe out all of your data and force you to redownload it from Danger’s servers. Luckily with the way the Sidekick is designed you won’t lose anything, but it’s still an annoyance to have to wait for all your email, settings, etc to download. It’s also a really nasty trick to play on someone you don’t like.

This was first posted in the PBD forums under a thread titled “Virus In Email?! Important!! Read!!”. I know, my first thought too was, “yeah right, Sidekicks don’t get viruses”. Technically this isn’t a virus, and it isn’t even malicious in intent. It looks like it’s just a bug with the way the email application handles a corrupted video. Needless to say though, it is a serious bug that Danger will hopefully fix in an OTA quickly. This currently affects the new Sidekick 2008, as well as Sidekick LXs with the video OTA.

Want to protect yourself from this sort of crash? In your Email, go under Menu->Settings->Attachments->Remove Attachments of these types, and check “Multimedia”. This will remove any movie files that are attached to emails sent to you, including this nasty one.
Sidekick Email Settings
Remove Multimedia Attachments from Sidekick Emails

T-Mobile 3G Roll-Out Plans

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008
Cell Tower

T-Mobile is continuing their 3G network rollout. With rumors of an Android device coming this fall, it only makes sense to have the high speed network deployed in major urban areas before the device launches. This also means that the doors are more open for Danger/Microsoft to put out a 3G Sidekick. Want to know when your city will be enjoying 3G speeds? Here’s the list of rumored dates for when the network will go live in each city:

Baltimore – Aug 18th
Houston – Aug 19th
Minneapolis – Aug 20th
San Diego – Sept 15th
Los Angeles – Sept 16th
Phoenix – Sept 16th
Sacramento – Sept 17th
Portland – Sept 18th
Seattle – Sept 23rd
San Francisco – Sept 24th

Don’t see your city? Don’t worry, there are other cities that are slated for 3G by the end of 2008:
Atlanta
Birmingham
Chicago
Dallas
Denver
Detroit
Kansas City
Memphis
Miami
New England
Orlando
Philadelphia
Tampa
Washington, D.C.

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