Sidekick 2009 FCC Filings?

Option FCC filing - Sidekick 2009?

With the mention of FCC filings, we’ve gotten several messages about a filing from Option Wireless in mid-January. We took a look at this originally, and were not really sure whether this could be the Sidekick. The more we look at it and research, the more it looks like it just might be. First off, the filing itself is _not_ for a Sidekick, but for a “GSM/UMTS/GPS Module CU1407”. Basically just the radio and GPS (not the cpu, circuit board, keyboard, etc).

The photo, as you can see with our added markups (click for full size), really looks like it could be the right side of a Sidekick 2009, with the 4 buttons, and space for a trackball, not to mention the port in the lower right that could very well be a mini-usb port. We can’t think of anything else that would look like a Sidekick 2009 so much.

So why aren’t we calling this one 100% for sure?

A minor point is that the last two Sidekicks (LX and 2008) have both used Enfora radios. Since the Sidekick 2009 is a 3G phone, it’s very possible that MSDanger would be switching to a different manufacturer.

Also, in the filings there’s this bit:

The antenna(s) used for this transmitter must be installed to provide a separation distance of at least 20 cm from all the persons and must not be co-located or operating in conjunction with any other antenna or transmitter.

This is fine for cards that are meant to go in laptops (Option’s normal product), but totally unacceptable for mobile phones that are held against your head. We’re hoping that this is just Option covering their butts and putting the responsibility of brain-tumor-testing on Sharp/MSDanger because they do also say “If the final product after integration is intended for portable use, a new application and FCC is required.”

And finally, this is not technically a filing for the Sidekick 2009. It’s just for the radio module that might be used in the Sidekick 2009, but has the potential to be used in any other devices. So while the confidentiality agreements say an expiration of April 13th, 2009 don’t get your hopes up for an April 1st release just yet. We still need to see the Sidekick 2009 show up.

Can you tell that we really want this to be the Sidekick 2009? If you want to take a peak at the FCC filings for yourself here they are: FCC ID: NCMOCU1407

16 Responses to “Sidekick 2009 FCC Filings?”

  1. meme Says:

    you guys are so smart. lol. This is why I love this website. So much investigations for a sidekick!

  2. meme Says:

    What different does it make if we know when SK Blade is coming out… =P

  3. Matt Says:

    The more I look at this, the more it DOES look like the sidekick 2009. Ive seen open sidekicks before and the right side does look like the inside of a sidekick (call, end X and Done buttons), and now that im comparing it to the Sidekick 2009 in the wild photo and the render, it makes it even more obvious. The placement of the MIni USB, and anyone who knows how sidekicks LCDs are connected to the main board would recognize that top black peice with the gold pins, with the holes on the left and right of it to screw the hinge into place. Look at the screen connectors for the Sidekick II, and III and compare it to the one in the pic:

    Id call this 100% a Sidekick 2009

  4. Mike M. Says:

    I totally agree with Matt. I’m familiar with the innards of Sidekicks as well and that looks alottt like the right side of the phone! Although it seems they’ve moved the Micro USB port to the bottom right, which I think would be good for people who charge their phone and use it at the same time, like i’m sure most of us do ;]

  5. Antonio Says:

    Hey Meme! Were you around in the SK2 days when danger made a game for the sk2 called MEME? Just wondering. And I also agree with matt. The top left corner of that circuit board is where the connections of the screen would fit. Nice investigating! But I want my SK09 already! Lol

  6. Crazyforkicks Says:

    At least give me some props for sending the site this FCC info.
    At least an honorable mention?

  7. PandaLoLzZ Says:

    What’s FCC??

    && omg i can’t wait to see what this phone is like.


  8. Antonio Says:

    PandaLoLzZ on March 2, 2009 at 9:36 pm said:

    What’s FCC??

    && omg i can’t wait to see what this phone is like.


    Federal Communications Commisions

    You can also go to Urban Dictionary dot com and find some interesting definitions on FCC lol

  9. J Says:

    I’m so excited! This is sidekick iD. Which will be very nice. :]

  10. J Says:

    *This is replacing my sidekick iD.

  11. KoloheBoy Says:

    I cannot wait, so excited lol

  12. Michael Says:

    There’s another list of FCC docs for this device at:

    On that list is a document called Modular Approval Letter which has a couple more pictures (to show the location of the Bluetooth antenna and antenna connector), and which states that the device consists of:

    ‘Modem OS: AMSS
    CPU: Qualcomm MSM7201A
    Display interface: MDDI interface
    Memory: 128MB SDRAM / 256MB NAND Flash
    Keyboard Input: Digital interface supporting full QWERTY keyboard
    Camera interface: digital interface to camera sensor
    Other I/F: microSD card slot x1, microphone, speaker, vibrator, trackball interface, Stereo headset port, USB port, A-GPS, Bluetooth
    RF: UMTS/HSDPA Band I, Band IV, Band V
    GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900

    If a bit of online research I did is accurate:
    The HSDPA Bands I (2100MHz), IV (1700MHz), and V (850MHz) are used by T-Mobile.
    The Qualcomm MSM7201A integrated chipset has been used in existing mobile devices including the G1.

    Certainly seems that this is to be part of a smartphone type of mobile device for the T-Mobile network…

  13. gizmo Says:

    ok ok ok. this is looking like something that we can really get down with. this is looking real good. its nice to know that there are some of these things in the wild and its real cool that we get to see the inside of it before hand but i want to know when i can go to the store and get one. i wanna get it as soon as it hits the stores! i wanna take my money and just go get the damn thing. i will even be late for work if i have to.

  14. digital cameras for sale Says:

    I really liked the way they came off

  15. Danielle Says:

    This is the way things should be, get off what we are on now

  16. Meme Says:

    I thought the FCC was going to release some documents on April 1st? Guess not?

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