December 20, 2014

Next T-Mobile Sidekick Devices to Feature Android?

We’ve all seen this coming for awhile now. T-Mobile’s popular Sidekick brand has officially been temporarily discontinued. The Sidekick line was particularly popular with the deaf community, as a voice plan was not required for a contract or pre-paid agreement.  My father is deaf and has a Sidekick LX. When I told him about the Sidekick brand being discontinued, he seemed genuinely disappointed. His friend has already given up on T-Mobile and his Sidekick, as he bought an EVO 4G with Sprint about two weeks ago.  But all is not lost, as some tipsters are suggesting that T-Mobile will continue the Sidekick line after incorporating Android into their devices.

Technically, Sidekick isn’t the OS formerly made by Danger. T-Mobile owns the name Sidekick, so they can still release devices under that name, just not with the same OS as older models.  This ties into our earlier speculations about Project Emerald and the rumored HTC Vision. Our own Scotty Brown got a tip from a T-Mobile rep at an HTC event a few weeks ago in Seattle.  Hinting at their next killer Android device, it supposedly will have a new screen technology that we’ve “never seen before”. Other rumored specs include a front-facing camera, a dual core processor, and “Android 3″, which is purported to be Gingerbread. This may or may not be the HTC Vision, of that we aren’t sure. This device is rumored to drop in time for the holiday rush.

When asked about Project Emerald, the T-Mobile rep looked at Scotty with a very serious look, telling him that he would most certainly lose his job if he talked about Project Emerald.  So, T-Mobile definitely has a few things up their sleeves as far as new devices.  Now whether it matches up to the HTC Vision that emerged over the weekend or not remains to be seen. More on this as it develops. Thanks to TmoNews for the tip.



  • http://intensedebate.com/people/Direct_Matrix Direct_Matrix

    Ok, I'm confused. Is this article about Project Emerald, the Sidekick, your Dad?

  • tmwitkemper

    This is interesting. I'm curious to see what both the hardware and OS would look like if this is true. You would think that the hardware would have to stay true to the Sidekick roots to warrant keeping the name.

  • Steve

    T-Mobile needs to hurry up and come out with something Android spectacular before I jump ship to Sprint or Verizon. My G1 is getting a little long in the tooth.

    I'm fascinated at the thought of a dual-core phone but won't battery life just be abysmal?

  • HOHAutie

    AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint all have deaf plans too, but the T-Mobile/Sidekick's plan was the cheapest for a long time.(Since Sprint's doesn't include MMS). I used to have a sidekick myself, but when the whole MS/Danger data loss thing happened I switched to an Android device, which on T-Mobile requires a voice plan. However, as far as I know, Blackberries still have a deaf plan available on T-Mobile.

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    that right… it's nice info…. thanks…

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    What a lovely design phone ,very unique in quality………

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    Good job….The Sidekick line was particularly popular with the deaf community, as a voice plan was not required for a contract or pre-paid agreement.

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    As compelling as the iPhone “experience” is, Google’s notion of a mobile web ecosystem is going to be a major game changer. And, as ubiquitous as Blackberry email has become, it is only a small piece of the overall picture that Android seems to capture.

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  • http://www.lead411.com/Samantha_Cabot_2854645.html Samantha Cabot

    well the T-Mobile has invested a lot in their own version of Sense (called Espresso) and we already know it’s coming to other devices like the MT3G and Slide….

  • http://www.lead411.com/Peter_Cassar_3052488.html Peter Cassar

    good work done by T-Mobile’s. Nice post !!!

  • http://www.lead411.com/Peter_Cassar_3052488.html Peter Cassar

    T-Mobile ha bisogno di fare in fretta e uscire con qualcosa di spettacolare Android prima abbandonare la nave a Sprint e Verizon. Il mio G1 sta diventando un po ‘lungo nel dente.
    Sono affascinata al pensiero di un telefono dual-core, ma non la durata della batteria semplicemente essere abissale?

  • http://www.clocksallaround.com/lawacl.html Clocks All Around

    i personally never liked sidekicks but they would have always had a special place in the mobile world, if microsoft didnt kill them.Even with iphones and EVOs there were still people that would have preferred a sidekick, for some reason.

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    Especially since Apple is trying to get Android sued into oblivion (Apple is suing HTC for patent violations related to the UI for the HTC Android phones)

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    I’ve been visiting your blog for a while now and I always find a gem in your new posts. Well the T-Mobile ha bisogno di fare in fretta e uscire con qualcosa di spettacolare Android prima abbandonare la nave a Sprint e Verizon…Thanks for sharing.

  • http://www.ecovillage.com Eco Village

    Gardenwife, I’m with you. I was so proud of my G-1 a year ago, I even posted pictures of it on my FB wall, with clunky oversize battery and all. But since then with all the newer sleeker phones that came out I’m not flashing it around as much.

  • http://www.lead411.com/Gordon_Eanes_2803925.html Gordon Eanes

    Thats an interesting post. It was worth visiting your blog. Well that’s is really nice the T-Mobile needs to hurry up and come out with something Android spectacular before I jump ship to Sprint or Verizon. thanks for sharing with us..

  • http://www.lead411.com/Gordon_Eanes_2803925.html Gordon Eanes

    Its was great The Sidekick line was particularly popular with the deaf community, as a voice plan was not required for a contract or pre-paid agreement.thanks

  • http://www.AppraiserNow.com Appraiser Now

    This T-Mobile apparently not all good things stay dead, because rumors have it that the Sidekick line of devices may be reborn with Android under the hood.

  • http://www.lead411.com/Adrian_Stubbs_2953698.html Adrian Stubbs

    Well This Sidekick line was particularly popular with the deaf community..Thanks for the information.

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    This may or may not be the HTC Vision, of that we aren’t sure. This device is rumored to drop in time for the holiday rush.

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  • Just Energy

    This news that T-Mobile will continue the Sidekick line after incorporating Android into their devices…really relieved me …waiting for  next killer android device eagerly..

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    For all of you who think that the Sidekick is a teenie bopper phone think again. The Sidekick is and has been a staple in the hearing impaired community.

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    In my opinion, the new sidekick is marvelous! i’ve gotten to play around with it a little and i must say, the design is superb. the screen is crystal clear, plastic, but still a sleek sleek phone. and, the pearl/magenta is just awesome.

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    This is the boon for the deaf as the Sidekick line was particularly popular with the deaf community, as voice plan was not required for a contract or pre-paid agreement……..

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    This is going to be just amazing, T-Mobiles are now going to support Android functionality.