T-Mobile halting Sidekick sales July 2nd

By on July 1, 2010 at 3:34 PM.

T-Mobile halting Sidekick sales July 2nd

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We don’t think there will be too many tears shed over this news, but T-Mobile today announced that it will be halting sales of both the Sidekick LX and Sidekick 2008 as of tomorrow, July 2nd (we called it.) There’s no bug, defect or data loss SNAFU to blame; just the cold realization that there’s no room for such a product in a smartphone obsessed nation. Here’s how T-Mobile is spinning it.

As T-Mobile looks to further innovate and raise the bar for the next iteration 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. While we work on the next chapter of our storied Sidekick franchise, T-Mobile will continue to provide our loyal Sidekick customers with product service and support. Stay tuned for exciting updates in the months ahead, which we expect will provide customers with a new and fresh experience.

Two Microsoft feature phones killed off in two days? Not looking too good for the Redmond Boys, now is it? Let’s hope Windows Phone 7 will step up to the plate and knock one out of the park. More →

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Ex-Globalive employee gets revenge by leaking the crap out of the upcoming carrier's plans

By on May 19, 2009 at 8:55 AM.

Ex-Globalive employee gets revenge by leaking the crap out of the upcoming carrier's plans

Okay, so get a load of this. Apparently (please note the emphasis) a former employee of Globalive aka Global Wireless, the next big Canadian wireless provider that is building a UMTS / HSPA network with service planned for all provinces and territories excluding Québec, recently got canned for “poor performance in marketing”. This of course led to him logging on to HoFo and leaking everything about the carrier’s plans except what the CEO ate for breakfast. There is tons of stuff to cover and the slides are pretty grainy at best, so we’ve taken the time to write it all out for our Canadian friends. Now hit the jump and prepare to mess yourself because if even half of this stuff is true, the Canadian wireless landscape is about to make a serious shift for the better starting in Q4. Just one question — why no BlackBerry love?

Thanks, “Ex-Global Wireless Employee”!

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Hands on with the new T-Mobile Sidekick LX

By on April 22, 2009 at 9:00 AM.

Hands on with the new T-Mobile Sidekick LX

Last night T-Mobile held a private launch event for the upcoming Sidekick LX and your pals at BGR just couldn’t stay away. After all, T-Mobile most definitely knows how to throw a party. Amidst a packed house, terrific food and drinks, a handful of arcade games and a great soundtrack, the new Sidekick LX emerged and we got to enjoy some solid face time with the orchid-colored messaging machine. First things first — the display… is… ridiculous. You can stare at “854×480 resolution” on the spec sheet all you want but until you hold it in your hand you really can’t appreciate just how crystal clear and vivid the F-WVGA display on this bad boy is. Once you manage to avert your focus from the screen, you can move on to what is undoubtedly the most solid Sidekick built to date. Danger/Microsoft and Sharp did a fantastic job on the new LX; it’s slim and sleek, the rubberized feel is perfect and the keyboard is big and inviting. But we don’t want to get too deep into it right now — you know a full and thorough review is on its way. So without further ado, click through to enjoy some hands on pics of the unit complete with a first look into the LX’s social networking integration (Twitter, Facebook and MySpace) and a little taste of AIM image transfer.

Click on over to our T-Mobile Sidekick LX hands on gallery!

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Sidekick LX OTA walkthrough

By on June 18, 2008 at 4:09 PM.

Sidekick LX OTA walkthrough

Ok, chaps. We just got the much-awaited Sidekick LX OTA courtesy of the good folks over at Danger. And yes, it does record video! Aren’t you excited? We detailed a long list of what the OTA contains, but we’ll post it again to give you a recap:

  • Capture videos using the new video mode
  • Playback from the SD card or email attachments using the media player
  • Share videos via email, Picture messaging, and Bluetooth
  • Listen to songs or videos using a stereo Bluetooth device
  • Send and receive photos, videos, or music via Bluetooth
  • 3 IM clients & enhancements to AIM® and Yahoo!® Messenger
  • Create and join group chats
  • See who is logged into IM from the address book or email and instantly start a conversation
  • Set a custom status message then keep chatting
  • Search for friends in a buddy list
  • Got more buddies than you can keep track of? See who’s online right from the address book or email, and search for friends in your buddy lists
  • Select how Web pages are displayed based on preference
  • PC-like, full-size layout to pan & scan while reading o Standard Sidekick screen-size layout to simply scroll down the page to read · Mini Page to zoom out on an overview of an entire Web page
  • Save images from Web pages to the SD card Personalize the way you want to surf
  • Device does not restart after a download. Just install an item, and it’s ready to use
  • Capture videos and share them directly from the Camera app
  • Video integration for playback, send, and save to gallery
  • QuickFind: search for keywords across applications to find messages or information
  • Spell Checker

Hit the gallery for the whole screenshot walkthrough!

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DJ Clue becomes BGR informant, begs for post on Sidekick video recording

By on June 17, 2008 at 12:47 PM.

DJ Clue becomes BGR informant, begs for post on Sidekick video recording

“Stop hating and post my spy pictures of video mode haaaa.” Ok, Clue. Done. Next time just try not to send us grainy ass pictures. Thanks. One more shot after the break!

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T-Mobile makes Sidekick LX update official

By on June 16, 2008 at 7:12 PM.

T-Mobile makes Sidekick LX update official

Doubt us? Never. That Sidekick LX update we told you about yesterday has just been made official. T-Mobile made the announcement today, promising a host of upgrades to existing LX users. The new OTA refresh will start making the rounds this week, with video recording, play and share capabilities, an alarm clock, stereo Bluetooth support and Bluetooth file transfer support all making the cut. As with all Sidekick updates, this will be a phased rollout, so don’t get too upset if this doesn’t hit your handset immediately. Patience, dear readers. Patience. 

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Sidekick LX OTA hits the streets June 25th, contains madness

By on June 15, 2008 at 11:58 AM.

Sidekick LX OTA hits the streets June 25th, contains madness

If you’re like us, you’re not giving that Tony Hawk Sidekick LX the time of day. But, you don’t want to feel left out when all the other cool kids in school are taking videos of their gnarly sk8board tricks. What’s a Sidekick-toting fellow to do? Well, the much-awaited OTA update for the LX will hit on June 25th. It will be a rolling OTA as usual (they slowly spread it out across the devices which can sometimes take up to 4 weeks) and we’ve got the exact details on what it will contain. Below is an easy-to-read version of what we were able to translate. 

  • Capture videos using the new video mode
  • Playback from the SD card or email attachments using the media player
  • Share videos via email, Picture messaging, and Bluetooth
  • Listen to songs or videos using a stereo Bluetooth device
  • Send and receive photos, videos, or music via Bluetooth
  • 3 IM clients & enhancements to AIM® and Yahoo!® Messenger
  • Create and join group chats
  • See who is logged into IM from the address book or email and instantly start a conversation
  • Set a custom status message then keep chatting
  • Search for friends in a buddy list
  • Got more buddies than you can keep track of? See who’s online right from the address book or email, and search for friends in your buddy lists
  • Select how Web pages are displayed based on preference
  • PC-like, full-size layout to pan & scan while reading o Standard Sidekick screen-size layout to simply scroll down the page to read · Mini Page to zoom out on an overview of an entire Web page 
  • Save images from Web pages to the SD card Personalize the way you want to surf
  • Device does not restart after a download. Just install an item, and it’s ready to use
  • Capture videos and share them directly from the Camera app
  • Video integration for playback, send, and save to gallery
  • QuickFind: search for keywords across applications to find messages or information
  • Spell Checker
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Tony Hawk Sidekick LX LE launches in July, adds video recording, other features

By on June 4, 2008 at 9:56 PM.

Tony Hawk Sidekick LX LE launches in July, adds video recording, other features

So, you’re on the edge of seat waiting for this fabled Tony Hawk Sidekick LX to launch, huh? Good news for you then, because we just got the full scoop on it! The device will be “previewed” starting tomorrow but won’t go on sale until mid July. Beginning tomorrow, however, you’ll start to see it on Sidekick.com and “all over the news media.” The phone supposedly has a “skateboard look and feel with a grip-tape-texture and his well known hawk graphic.” Here’s where it gets interesting for all you Sidekick lovers, though — the device will ship with video recording capability, something called play and share (obviously sharing the recorded videos), stereo Bluetooth support, easier downloads and more themes and background personalization options. This summer, all Sidekick LX customers will get that OTA and be in video heaven.

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