The death of a legend: Goodbye Sidekick
We are hearing news today that the legendary Sidekick line will coming to a halt. The one that started it all will no longer be available as of today. So rest in peace Sidekick you did your job and some users will miss you.
As of today 7/2/10 T-Mobile announced they will no longer be selling the famed Sidekick. The Sidekick LX and the Sidekick 2008 have officially gone by the way side. We know there are probably not to many people that are going to lose sleep over this however, I can assume there are still hundreds of thousands of Sidekick users that will surely be upset when they hear the news (don’t fret however service and support from T-mobile will still be evident). The original Sidekick was released in October 2002 and was a huge success; the Sidekick went through many different changes until its wave came to a crashing halt yesterday with the news of its end of life. When the original sidekick came around it literally introduced “dumb phone” users to what the capabilities of phones could be, this helping spawn the revolution of smart mobile phones we are all crack addicted to now. Now I know that Palms and Blackberry’s were around then, but how many people were using them other than the white collared community that had these phones issued to them by their employer. The Sidekick brought fun into the picture, while the Treo’s and Blackberry’s of the day were smarter by a long shot; they lacked the fun aspect that the phone manufacturers needed to get the industry to where it is now. With that in mind don’t forget where your entertainment phone got its roots.
A quote from T-Mobile about the death of the Sidekick, “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”
T-Mobile then goes on to say “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”
So hope is not gone completely as the Sidekick line will surely make an appearance in the future with new a new design and a more powerful operating system. Recently Microsoft has teamed up with the designers at Danger (makers of the Sidekick) to implement the keypads on there recently killed KIN line. The news of the KIN line and these Sidekicks being killed off insinuates some big speculation, as the KIN line was pushed to the Windows Phone 7 developers one could assume the Sidekick line was as well. T-Mobile asked us to “stay tuned” as they expect to “provide customers with a new and fresh experience.” WP7 Sidekick on the way!
Tell us what you think of this news on the Sidekick, we know it’s a dying breed but there has to be someone out there that will miss it, no?sidekick no longer sold, tmobile sidekick, sidekick 2008, sidekick lx, Sidekick