T-Mobile's Sidekick

T-Mobile has announced that as of May 31, 2011, the Danger service (Andy Rubin's former baby now owned by Microsoft) will no longer be available for T-Mobile Sidekick users.  Have no fear, because they have an easy transition path from the Sidekick to a new device -- one they will be sharing more information about in the coming weeks.

Now if I were a betting man, I would bet that T-Mobile means only one thing -- the Sidekick 4GWe know it's coming, and soon enough that T-Mobile already has a sign-up sheet live for more info.  All that's left is for them to say "Go."

And I'll start the random speculation off by saying the week of April 15.  Get into the Rumored Device forums and let's hear your best guess!  T-Mobile's full (but brief) statement is after the break.

After May 31, 2011, the Danger Service (a subsidiary of Microsoft) used by T-Mobile Sidekick customers for data services will no longer be available on Sidekick devices.

T-Mobile will provide offers for our Sidekick customers before May 31, 2011, to help make an easy transition from their existing Sidekick device to a new device. We will have more information to share about these offers with our customers in the weeks ahead.

To ensure the best possible transition for our loyal Sidekick customers, an enhanced Web tool is available on myT-Mobile.com to easily export their personal data, including contacts, photos, calendar, notes, to-do lists, and bookmarks, from the Danger service to a new device, computer, or a designated e-mail account. An application is also available in the Sidekick Catalog to make it easy to export personal data to the Sidekick’s memory card. Many T-Mobile stores can transfer data from that card to a new T-Mobile device if the customer brings in the memory card and Sidekick.


Reader comments

T-Mobile killing Sidekick service May 31, has easy transfer to 'new device'


According to the article on Engadget, it was Microsoft that cancelled the service. Microsoft has the money to enter practical any business in the technology sector and perhaps even outside it and because of this there has been a trail of failed products littered all over the place, (Kin, Danger, sold Wi-Fi routers for a small time, ISP (MSN), I don't keep a detailed list but I am sure that there are many more. Then there are products that they succeed at and then sit on there asses, Internet Explorer, MSN, Hotmail, Windows Mobile pre version 7. I try to avoid products from companies like Microsoft. Intel is another one that comes to mind with regards to their mobile processors, Xscale anyone.

That's not unique enough to draw any customers.

They should just shutter the whole thing and offer customers a deal on a regular Cell plan and toss in an entry level keyboard android or winmo phone of their choice.

I upgraded to an epic from the sidekick 2008 in september. I never had any issues with the sidekick but wanted more. If they had a 4g sidekick running android then, I would have never switched.