Sunday, April 08, 2007

Sidekick ID Getting Close to Launch

Some more pictures of the Sidekick ID have popped up in recent weeks and we are supposed to have access to it on April 18th. Is it a new product? Is it a rehashed product? Well its not the Sidekick 3 and I wouldn't exactly call it a Sidekick 4 but its coming just the same and the questions are:

1) Who is going to buy it?
2) Does Danger know that its probably time to move on to a higher resolution screen for 2007?
3) What part of the world buys phones in 'giggly' blue, fuchsia and 'turn off the neon' yellow?
4) Is this the final death blow (apologies to Mortal Kombat) to Danger Inc?

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At 10:06 PM, Blogger Paul Mendoza said...

2) Does Danger know that its probably time to move on to a higher resolution screen for 2007?
I agree. They need to move onto a screen resolution similar to the iPhone and possibly higher.
3) What part of the world buys phones in 'giggly' blue, fuchsia and 'turn off the neon' yellow?
Asians and children but Asians have really cool phones that do a ton of stuff so they wont be interested and kids who might by this probably isn't a ton.
4) Is this the final death blow (apologies to Mortal Kombat) to Danger Inc?

They sold something like a million Sidekicks last year. I think they're doing pretty well compared to years past. They probably also knew for a while (cell phone engineering is a small community) that Apple was coming out with a phone as well so they needed to have something that wasn't directly competing with Apple just in case the Apple phone dominated but since T-Mobile doesn't have the iPhone, there isn't that much of a concern now but they're still releasing the device.

At 9:46 AM, Blogger PumpkinPrincess07 said...

I have a question. Between the sidekick 3 an the new one whats the difference besides price an size. I cant wait for the new one to come out in stores so i can buy one. Will the skid hasve same features were u can get skins for the phone an caller tunes an ringtones n fun games...

At 9:29 PM, Blogger TKE1013 said...

on the first day of sale for existing customers they sold over a million and a half if not more. the SK ID will allow you to be able to do more browsing as if you were on your own pc and be able to do blogs. will not have BT, camera or media player but will be my faves and allow the extra memory for the phone to have faster browsing time and more advanced software. it is a little smaller and ligther that of the SK3. it is scheduled to launch April 25 at a reasonable low price.

At 9:31 PM, Blogger TKE1013 said...

skins can be purchased at and caller tunes through my and games and ringtones through the download catalog. this is not the final blow for SK once TMobile converts to the 3g network there will be more advanced stuff and different phones. just sounds like danger is having a rough time with sharp to make a better product of the SK

At 4:28 PM, Blogger bercliche said...

Over the past few months, rumors of a “Sidekick 2.5″ were flying about. I took notice and after a few weeks, checked with some of my sources to confirm. Sure enough, a “Sidekick 2.5″ was in the works as a trimmed-down alternative to the Sidekick 3. Today I was leaked a picture of the device, which you see above in a color pattern known as “ugly”. Though it’s not the prettiest device, the Sidekick ID (yes, that’s it’s name) comes with all the features you love on your SK3, just without all the crap.

So what’s in a name? The Sidekick ID is trimmed down to showcase communication features rather than the extra crap that’s usually included. You won’t find some of the following features on the Sidekick ID: Bluetooth, MP3 Player, digital camera, or a microSD slot.

What you will find on the Sidekick ID though is probably quite welcome to most people. An IM client with AIM, Yahoo!, and MSN, e-mail client, web browser, and, of course, a phone are all part of the Sidekick ID’s core. An updated Danger OS and new menu style will of course be present, but don’t expect a radical new design change or anything like that. Of course, T-Mobile’s myFaves will be an integral part of the Sidekick ID.

Navigation will include a trackball like the Sidekick 3/Tempest arcade machine, but it’s currently unknown if the d-pad will make its way to the Sidekick ID’s final design. Since all we have a picture taken from a T-Mobile employee, it’s hard to gauge if the left-hand side will be a speaker or d-pad. Perhaps both? It’s a possibility, but judging by the looks of it, I’d say a speaker.

The fan-favorite keypad design will stay with the Sidekick ID, allowing you to text and IM to your heart’s content. The display will still flip out and make a ridiculously loud sound so everyone knows you’re using a Sidekick. Don’t worry. You’re still special to us.

So with most of the specs and features covered, two questions remain: “How much will it cost me and when will it be available?”

Brace yourself!

The Sidekick ID will drop in Q2 this year, most likely during the summer and will cost less than the Sidekick 3. I’ve heard from two sources that a $149.99 price point is being considered to keep it affordable and to make it available to the masses. I mean let’s face it. T-Mobile totally made a killing releasing the Sidekick 3 and making people pay $300 with a 2-year contract. Sure they can leave their contracts now, but T-Mobile still made decent buck.

However, with more core features and less gimmicky crap like an MP3 player, the Sidekick ID has the chance to become one of the hottest communication devices of the summer. Think of it as a Blackberry for non-professionals who still want to keep in touch with friends, family, and co-workers while on the go.

Anyways, that’s it. That’s the dope on the Sidekick ID. It’s not called the “Sidekick 2.5″, it is lacking certain features, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing in this case, and it’s due out this summer. Enjoy.

At 11:16 PM, Blogger essex8800 said...

Okay so after a long chat with T-mobile, I casually asked the rep. "so what about the ID?"

He said "I think they actually just updated the page of info for it."

After checking the page started to read of the info (and fast I might add)

Only a 2 band phone
2000 contact slots (as if this was important)
OS Version 3.3
6.6 Ounces
Caller ID with pics (animated pics)
No camera or BT (obvious at this point)
Email client
A new game called Pumpjack??

5.12 inches long
2.48 inches tall
.87 inches thick

and no available pricing...

ta da

At 7:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It has no EDGE and is bigger than the SK3, only simple GPRS so it's just a piece of crap phone.
I have a SK3 and would've bought the ID if it was a lot smaller and less heavy, had a 320X240 resolution, included all messaging/webbrowsing features of the SK3 and didn't have bluetooth, mp3, the badquality cam and a longer battery running time.

"Danger" had the chance to create the perfect, messaging phone for a budget price but they blew it.

And this also means we have to wait longer for the SK4 to come out...

At 2:54 PM, Blogger The Blogger Dept said...

I have had the Sidekick since it first came out. I'd like to know if this is a good deal for an unlocked Sidekick because I can't afford to be locked into a 2 year contract. They're selling it for $419. Let me know.


At 4:58 AM, Blogger sweetj07 said...

Ok so this phone is realllyy ugly! who would spend money on a phone that doesnt even have a camera or a media player? i rather stick with my D-wade it works just fine and it has everyting i need....Danger Needs To Upgrade!

At 1:22 PM, Blogger lynn said...

Hi there not sure if this blog works this way so if not please tell me. I need help from all of you with a Sidekick 3 do any of you have problems of your sidekick locking when u dont use it for 2-3 hours. I have had 3 sidekicks & they all will lock up after 3 hours & then i have to remove battery or push reset pin hole to resart but i lose anything that was texted to me & if ithas locked up no calls nor texts come through. Has anyone had this problem & any ideas what to do?

Thanks Lynn

At 7:04 PM, Blogger iloveBabyBash!!! said...

Well the skid is dum, ugly and retarted...I hate it...I thought it was better than the sk3 but not at all!!!!!

At 1:07 AM, Blogger Victor said...

how can you get video for the sidekick4 i like mine but i wanna get video

At 6:35 PM, Blogger Hamikin said...

So...when is this coming out? Is it a real prototype or just a computerized draft of something?

At 6:28 PM, Blogger tmobile master said...

yah i love the sidekick..but comeon! whats up with the resolution! even crappy phones like the rizer has at least a 2.0 mega pixl!

At 5:29 PM, Blogger Elliott said...

I ordered one and I can't wait to get my hands on it! Although I have the latest version, I'm having trouble with it because I don't have any idea how to unlock Tmobile Sidekick.(2008 ver.) I heard there's a site that can jailbreak the phone for a small fee.


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