Archive for the 'Sidekick iD' Category

Account is overquota?

Sunday, November 18th, 2007

Several Sidekick users have reported receiving an email such as this:

Subject: [!] Account is over quota
Date: Sun, 18 Nov 2007 10:06:12 GMT

Your account is using 3555K of mail storage, this is close to its 12M storage quota.

Delete unnecessary messages, otherwise new messages may be delayed or rejected!

Obviously the email messages are wrong as the 3555 kilobytes is less than 12 megabytes, but it makes one wonder if a much needed increase in mailbox size may be on its way. Old school Sidekickers remember that the black and white Sidekicks (yes, they used to be black and white!) had a mailbox limit of 8 megabytes for the early adopters. Later on the size of the mailbox was dropped down to 6 megabytes for people that started up new accounts. With today’s pictures and emails getting larger and larger, and disk space getting ridiculously cheap you would think that T-Mobile and Danger would keep up with the times. To give some sort of idea of how ridiculous a 6 megabyte inbox is these days, the cost of a 500gb is approximately $100, this means that it costs $0.20 per gigabyte of storage. For the non computer geeks out there, 1 gigabyte = 1024 megabytes (or 1000 megabytes if you’re a harddrive manufacturer). This puts the cost of a megabyte of storage at about $0.0002 per megabyte, or $0.0012 for your entire inbox on Danger’s server. Sure, flash based storage on the device is a bit more expensive, but who wants to store all that data on the Sidekick? T-Mobile and Danger should let us store the actual contents of older emails on the server, but still allow them to be retrievable via the network. Or maybe they should let us save the emails to the miniSD or microSD card where you can have 4 gigs of extra space? After all you can only send about 10-12 pictures taken by the Sidekick before your sent box takes up your entire mailbox. Wake up Danger/T-Mobile, its almost 2008.

Proof the Gizmodo Guys have too much free time

Tuesday, November 6th, 2007

They’ve put together a video showing the way that the screens open on the newer devices. Don’t you guys have some reporting on the iPhone to do? 🙂

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Just kidding, we love you guys.

MySpace App hits the catalog

Thursday, September 20th, 2007

MySpace on the Sidekick

T-Mobile is finally pushing the MySpace app out to users. So far it looks like it’s free and only available to Sidekick iD users. The Sidekick Slide and the Sidekick LX will have the application pre-installed. MySpace is the #1 web page for Sidekick users, so it’s no surprise that they developed an app, probably to help cut down on their bandwidth costs! Here’s a list of the features:

Push messages and notifications – New messages or notifications from MySpace are “pushed” to the device like your email. Instant notification when that spam account wants to add you as a friend.

Persistent login – Using the application keeps you logged in all the time so you don’t have to keep re-entering your login and password.

Profile editing – You can edit your profile through the browser.

Faster content loading – Danger is optimizing the content on MySpace so it loads less data, resulting in quicker load times.

Optimized organization – Tabs are used for quicker access to different sections of MySpace.

Quick view of new account activity – Easily check all new account activity from the Jump screen.

Upload and Download Photos – Upload photos taken with your Sidekick camera directly to MySpace through the application.

Personalized Signature – Tack on a customized signature to your messages to let them know you’re using a Sidekick.

Opera Mini on the Sidekick

Tuesday, August 21st, 2007

Opera Mini on the Sidekick
Opera Mini on Sidekick
Opera Mini on Sidekick

Not to be outdone by the Helio Ocean addicts, one intrepid hacker writes us to let us know that the Sidekick (tested on the Sidekick iD and Sidekick 3) is also capable of running Opera Mini and he got it working. Don’t expect to see this in the catalog any time soon though, as it is doubtful T-Mobile would allow it. Currently it’s only available for people in the developer community which you’ll need to be a Java programmer in order to get into. But then again, unlike the Helio Ocean, the Sidekick already has an awesome browser that works and doesn’t really need replacing.

Themes (Backgrounds) available in the catalog

Tuesday, August 14th, 2007

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In addition to free Sidekick 3 themes, T-Mobile has finally included themes in the Download Catalog. This means that you can download a theme direct to your device if you’re willing to shell out $1.99 for the convenience. This also lets Sidekick iD owners customize their devices finally. Sidekick iDs don’t have a memory card, so you can’t load your own custom themes and backgrounds on them like you can with the Sidekick 3. To download themes direct from T-Mobile, check out the Download Catalog. For more information on creating your own custom themes, check out

Thanks to Fully for the screenshots

Sidekick iD – Worst Tech #5 of 2007

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2007

sidekick id (not sure why a laptop mag is reviewing phones *shrug*) has apparently given the thumbs down to the Sidekick iD in their latest feature, Best & Worst: First Half of 2007. They cite the lack of features as the main reason, with the pain in the neck of replacing bumpers and lack of EDGE as additional downsides. While the Sidekick iD does have less features than the Sidekick 3, you’ll find quite a bit of argument on the forums over whether or not this is truly a downgrade. Needless to say, the Sidekick iD definitely hits a niche in the market and has been doing well, regardless of what the laptop dorks say. What do you guys think? Is the Sidekick iD really the “worst tech” of the first half of 2007?

Sidekick iD in Japan?

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007

Sidekick iD

Unfortunately we don’t speak Japanese, but Tech-On has posted an article about the Sidekick iD, including a video of them breaking it down. We’re not entirely sure why they’re doing a review of a US phone that can’t even be used in Japan, but perhaps it’s the same reason gadget sites here in the states post about fancy shmancy phones that are only available over there. It also looks like they may have taken it apart to peek at the guts based on this page. And it’s not the only device they’ve ripped apart as there are Apple TVs, Wiis, PS3s, and more on that page. But unfortunately we don’t read Japanese any better than we speak it. Regardless, it looks like the Sidekick iD has sparkd the interest of some Japanese gadget heads.

Sidekick iD Available in stores

Wednesday, April 25th, 2007

The Sidekick iD is now available in T-Mobile stores and online at Looks like the retail price on it is $299! Ouch! But if you’re willing to sign up for a two year contract, you’ll get it for $99. One of the big selling points of the T-Mobile Sidekick iD is the fact that it’s customizable. Here’s what they say:

Offered with a number of colorful accessories, the T-Mobile Sidekick iD will be the most personalized T-Mobile Sidekick to date. The customizable exterior provides quick modification so users can mix and match based on mood, personal style, or that evening’s outfit. Along with additional options for ‘blinging’ devices or wrapping them with unique graphic designs, T-Mobile Sidekick iD users will take the look and feel of their devices in all new directions.

All of these new options are in addition to the standard customization choices that already exist on the T-Mobile Sidekick 3. This includes support for one-click downloads from Danger’s on-device premium services catalog to add ringtones, games and even productivity applications1. Users can also create custom audio and visual alerts, and use photos from the photo album as the default key guard screen.

Also of note is this is the first time that Danger has had multiple devices released and supported at the same time. In the past it was one device at a time and you really had only one device to choose from when it came time to buy. Does this mean we’ll see a wider array of different devices from Danger in the future, giving us more choice? We hope so.

Hot girls with the SKiD

Wednesday, April 18th, 2007

Geeksugar has some pictures up from the red carpet at the Sidekick iD launch party. Looks like the ladies like the SKiD. Jenna Jameson, Kelly Monaco, AJ Michalka and Aly Michalka, Michelle Rodriguez and Taryn Manning. Does anyone know who these people are? (Well besides Jenna of course)

Photos from Geeksugar:

Sidekick iD – USB or Not?

Friday, April 13th, 2007

UPDATE: Confirmed by John B, it does have a USB port and it’s covered up with a little bit of plastic that is easy to lose. Thanks John!

Sounds like some lines got crossed somewhere. Whether or not the Sidekick iD has a USB port is in debate. Check out the image from
Sidekick iD With USB Port
and then check out the video from Crunchgear’s John Biggs:
Sidekick iD without USB Port

Hmmmmmm….. maybe there are SKiD flaps?
Sidekick iD with flap?

Thanks to exiva at HiptopHunt for pointing this out