T-Mobile Sidekick 4G

We first learned about T-Mobile's intent to launch a new 4G-capable Sidekick nearly two months ago, but today both they and Samsung came together to make the handset official. The new T-Mobile Sidekick 4G features a 3.5-inch 800x480 touchscreen with a "pop tilt" hinge, 1GHz Hummingbird core, 3 megapixel camera, VGA front-facing camera for Qik video calling, five row physical QWERTY keyboard, 21Mbps connectivity, and Android 2.2. There's also a special "jump key" that allows users to switch between running apps or assign keyboard shortcuts to functions or apps. Expect the new Sidekick 4G to launch later this spring in both "matte black" or "pearl magenta" for an undisclosed price. Check out the full press release below.

It's been a while since the Sidekick was in the spotlight, but the mix of the traditional Sidekick form factor and Android 2.2 could help attract users that grew up with the original Danger Sidekicks as well as a newer generation of smartphone users looking for a messaging-centric handset. Normally I'd say we could expect the Sidekick 4G to arrive at around $199.99 with a two-year contract, but after T-Mobile recently increased the price of all of their 4G-capable handsets by $50, that may not be such a safe bet. Whatever the price ends up being, we'll keep you updated.

T-Mobile Sidekick Is Reborn

New Sidekick 4G is a Lightning-Fast and Stylish Communication Hub,
Delivering Evolved Messaging and Entertainment at 4G Speeds

BELLEVUE, Wash., and DALLAS — March 15, 2011 — T-Mobile USA, Inc. and
Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile), the No. 1 mobile phone provider
in the U.S., today unveiled the new T-Mobile Sidekick® 4G™ by Samsung. The new
Android™-powered smartphone pays tribute to its heritage with its stylish good looks and a
killer keyboard while redefining messaging and upgrading to 4G speeds. One of T-Mobile’s
fastest smartphones running on America’s Largest 4G Network™, the new Sidekick 4G is
capable of delivering theoretical peak download speeds of up to 21 Mbps.

The T-Mobile Sidekick has long been known for its innovative and distinctive design, and the
Sidekick 4G does not disappoint. The 3.5-inch display marks the first Sidekick to feature a
touch screen and its sturdy “pop-tilt” hinge reveals the previously acclaimed, five-row
QWERTY keyboard that has long been a Sidekick hallmark and the reason behind its status
as an exceptional messaging device.

The new Sidekick 4G leverages its quality keyboard along with Sidekick Group Text™ and
Cloud Text™ to redefine messaging. Sidekick’s Group Text feature lets customers create,
name, manage and participate in reply-all group text conversations, enabling them to lead
their network in conversation and social planning. Group Text breathes new life into one of
the most popular forms of messaging allowing Sidekick 4G customers to initiate and share
the benefit of the application with SMS-capable devices from flip phones to smartphones. In
addition, Cloud Text provides the option to text with friends or groups across platforms,
whether from the comfort of their PC’s large screen and keyboard, or from their new
Sidekick 4G.

“Backed by the faster speeds on T-Mobile’s 4G network, the new Sidekick 4G offers
customers both speed and style,” said Andrew Sherrard, senior vice president, product
management, T-Mobile USA. “We’ve reinvented the messaging experience that made the
Sidekick such an iconic device, and supercharged it with communication and entertainment
experiences that take full advantage of our 4G network.”

Dale Sohn, president of Samsung Mobile, said, “We are proud that T-Mobile selected
Samsung to help create the next-generation Sidekick and carry the iconic Sidekick brand and
device to the next level. Samsung redesigned the new Sidekick 4G with our best-in-class
hardware, combined with T-Mobile’s 4G network speeds, the Android operating system, and
unique messaging and entertainment features, to make this a perfect match for both loyal
Sidekick fans and new Sidekick owners.”

The new Sidekick 4G also comes preloaded with Facebook® and Twitter™ applications, and
provides easy interaction with customers’ social networks by allowing them to update their
status from the notification pane and browse their feeds from the home screen. They have the
ability to sync their social network contacts to the phone’s address book, which lets them post
to their friends’ walls or comment on their status. And multitasking is easier than ever with
the Sidekick 4G’s jump key, an easy-to-access physical button that enables customers to
quickly switch between active applications, even during a phone call, or assign keyboard
shortcuts to their favorite functions or applications.

In addition to a communication hub, the new Sidekick 4G is now an entertainment hub. With
speeds as fast as home broadband, enjoying a favorite TV show or surfing the Web on the go
is a breeze. Sidekick’s Media Room features one place to enjoy music, videos, movies,
YouTube®, T-Mobile TV® and Slacker Radio, and to search for content regardless of the
source. The integrated media player, also accessible through the Media Room, spans across
all media including music, video and Internet radio. Customers also have the option to rent or
purchase their favorite movies and TV programs directly from the Samsung Media Hub,
which offers a robust collection of movie and next-day TV show titles from CBS, Fox, MTV
Networks, NBC Universal, Paramount and Warner Bros. Digital Distribution. Customers now
have the option to place Media Hub charges directly to their monthly T-Mobile service bill.

Complementing the messaging communication features, the new Sidekick 4G is equipped
with a VGA front-facing camera and pre-installed T-Mobile Video Chat powered by Qik™,
to ensure you are always present with your social circle. Powered by Android 2.2 (Froyo) and
a speedy 1 GHz Cortex A8 Hummingbird processor, so consumers can keep up with their
favorite blogs while on the move, search for the must-try dinner spots and map the way to
their next destination — all at blazing fast speeds. The new smartphone will also offer
dynamic media features and integrated Google™ services, including Gmail™, Google
Maps™ and access to thousands of applications on Android Market™.

The new Sidekick 4G also comes equipped with DriveSmart™ from T-Mobile, a first-of-its
kind service from a U.S. carrier, that helps prevent distracted driving. When initiated,
DriveSmart Basic provides automatic incoming call and message management, sending a
customizable note to callers and senders, letting them know that the recipient is driving and
will respond when it’s safe. DriveSmart Plus offers the same functionality, with the added
capability to automatically activate when the handset is in a moving vehicle, as well as
advanced parental controls for enhanced peace of mind when teen drivers are behind the

Offered exclusively to T-Mobile customers, the new T-Mobile Sidekick 4G is expected to be
available later this spring in two stylish colors — matte black or pearl magenta. Customers
can visit http://sidekick.t-mobile.com/ for more information.

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Debra Diriwachter
Debra Diriwachter nice upgrade
Himanshu Mane
Himanshu Mane its a 5star winner
Fonzy Paniagua
Fonzy Paniagua Win !
Eddie Gutierrez
Eddie Gutierrez fail!
Manuel Casao
Manuel Casao no. the sidekick is like a red headed stepchild these days. old hat.
Brad Freeman
Brad Freeman Ya. Like the sharp fx with android and a bigger screen. That'd be great
Angel Miguel Peguero
Angel Miguel Peguero Android:win
Christopher Kelly
Christopher Kelly Ha! Some idiot actually said android is going to fail! Shut up and go make out with your iphone. Android + sidekick + samsung = very promising. But with that being said, I still don't plan to get one. Still, sounds great.
Samuel Bisson
Samuel Bisson Only 3mp camera and 3,5 inches screen, FAIL I love my galaxy S :D
Ricardo Contreras Jr.
Ricardo Contreras Jr. Tigers blood
Naram Moshe
Naram Moshe I like Android but this is a fail.
Kerdrick Pierre
Kerdrick Pierre Hell yeah win! Anything rocking android is a win lol.. Soon they'll be making android food lol.
Alex Abawi
Alex Abawi Thats pretty cool
Mike Mota
Mike Mota Theirs always those ignorant morons that like to say Samsung sucks. Please grow up. They have the best software,
Dennis Tirado
Dennis Tirado I consider it a win. The Sidekick needed some OS change.
Sahil Taneja
Sahil Taneja iOS on Sidekick, would kick some ass!
Levi Warfel
Levi Warfel I would so buy it!
Zac Hooper
Zac Hooper Danger OS was garbage, but the swivel screen and full keyboard were always nice, this has good hardware, plenty of potential.
Nathan Parks
Nathan Parks Needs better camera, front camera and flash
Kris K. Blomgren
Kris K. Blomgren Complete shit
Christopher Severino
Christopher Severino One more win for android
Mark Gonzales
Mark Gonzales I think it's going to be a cool looking phone and a hot seller. I'm not too fond of Samsung but I think they just might have a winner here.
Will Gonzalez
Will Gonzalez Like Charlie Sheen Said.......winning lol
Michael Beastmode White
Michael Beastmode White @ivan pena. samsung sucks at more then just making cheap phones. Support is pathetic...
Arthur Nguyen Ly
Arthur Nguyen Ly I like Sidekick too, but it doesn't have 5mp camera, and the internet conectivity is worse than my G2.
Donald Hurley
Donald Hurley Fail!!
Jerriett Cooper
Jerriett Cooper This is gong to be so great
Santiago Alexander Cruz
Santiago Alexander Cruz Give me the G2 with a front facing camera and the Sidekick would be on the back of my head, Sidekicks are more for the teen market. So in that perspective ill say they're smart bringing the Sidekick name back.
Marcus NinersEmpire
Marcus NinersEmpire Come on now y da hell is da sidekick still running wit da 3. Cam boost it up to a 5 or an 8 now. Da sidekick is not a sorry ass fone
George Majao
George Majao Yuck
Anonymous Win but it should have had a better camera like 5 mp
Ivan Pena
Ivan Pena Samsung needs to stop making plastic phones. That's why they suck
Diana Lee Quinonez
Diana Lee Quinonez Win I love droid!!
Danny Sedano
Danny Sedano I've always been talking about side coming out!! Shit Good Shit has!!
Antoine George
Antoine George The g2 is better
Juan Jose Rios
Juan Jose Rios who still uses a sidekick?
Joshua Tanton
Joshua Tanton Yeah everybody thought the og sidekick was a win back in the day too...look where it is now...the trash!
Greg Smart
Greg Smart FAIL JACK!!!
Lori Fredericks
Lori Fredericks depends on the specs but that keyboard is unbeatable.
Andre Calloway-Cazares
Andre Calloway-Cazares Sooooo stupid!!! I absolutely loved the idea of sidekick coming back with the trademark swivel pop out screen and android OS......but a 3 MP camera with no flash??? Are u serious?? You've got to be kidding
Larry Ayonn
Larry Ayonn Spoken like a true apple fanboy.
Bryan Dotman
Bryan Dotman ugly, outdated design.
Andrew William Sheldon
Andrew William Sheldon No! Not a "real" sidekick! I hate moaning - this phone is a fail!
Steve Wyatt
Steve Wyatt just a few weeks ago you guys were bashing the sidekick 4g and now, that its officially announced you love it, way to fail.
Joseph Portillo
Joseph Portillo #Tigerblood #Sidekick4g
Randy Galvan
Randy Galvan HTC > Sidekick
Joeana Marie Bush
Joeana Marie Bush Yeess like
J Kasey Haggerty
J Kasey Haggerty Your math must be off. That doesn't equal win
William Serrano
William Serrano It's an upgrade for existing Sidekick users, I suppose. However, nothing should be dropping with anything other than 2.3
Tejvir Padda
Miles Lark
Miles Lark android is going to fail, and when that happens i will laugh, sidekick had a great os, why did they have to bring in android and ruin it
Jason Vargas
Jason Vargas Good device but I wouldve gone back to the Sidekick Keyboard flip with Sharp. You never know what sharp can do. LG surprised me with the LG 2X. But overall. Win!
Anh-Tuan Le
Anh-Tuan Le The problem with Android is that it's free. Instead of reserving the OS to just high-end devices, people are now seeing Android everywhere, including "budget" devices. This dilutes its brand. People will always associate iOS with premium. With Android, people are not sure what to think of it. Then when they see it on some cheap phone running version 1.6 or whatever, they now associate Android as cheap and undeveloped. Apple provides the iPhone and iOS with brand protection, whereas Google only cares about Android's shear mass proliferation. With their main goal as the spreading of that Google mobile search bar, who can really blame them? It is up to the manufacturers to develop their own brands if they are going to take the Android plunge. But be careful, they are now fighting an uphill battle.
Eduardo Sanchez
Eduardo Sanchez Nah :P
Matthew Rosario
Matthew Rosario Coming from an Ex Sidekick user who hopped onto the G1 I would say this would be win if it wasn't made by SamFail.
Anthony Evans Jr
Anthony Evans Jr ugly as sin
Dre Ill
Dre Ill It could be as popular as the original side. We'll see....
Rae Stein
Rae Stein It would be win if it weren't made by Samsung.
Saul Ortega
Saul Ortega So when is the optimus 2x coming out?...
Eddie Cobb
Eddie Cobb I can see it as a win.
Kacey Johnson
Kacey Johnson Might not be that bad, considering they were both revolutionary.
Rc Cavin
Rc Cavin Android doesn't need to be on any other devices. Especially not a good one like the sidekick.
Don McGrew II
Don McGrew II if it wasn't Samsung win
Edgar Gonzalez
Edgar Gonzalez A WIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Ricardo Sesh On Humphreys
Ricardo Sesh On Humphreys Cool :)x
Rc Cavin
Rc Cavin Fail!!!!!!!
Victor Rios
Victor Rios Winning :)

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