Sidekick Settlement Over 2009 Outage Brings Goodies

October 2009 was a time for Sidekick owners that likely still haunts their dreams and makes them shudder at the thought.  Well, maybe not that serious, but the data outage that occurred during that time caused Sidekick owners quite a lot of grief and downtime, not to mention lost data.  Finally, a settlement has been reached between Danger, Microsoft and T-Mobile regarding the “data service interruption”.

Those who were part of the class action lawsuit will begin receiving notices of the settlement along with the proposed settlement details.  They will be directed to www.sidekicksettlement.com, but as of this writing, that is not a live site.  Bear in mind T-Mobile won’t be allowed to provide any info regarding this so you’ll have to use the above resources when the time allows to understand your rights as a member of the lawsuit.

Thanks to one of the commenters below, it looks as though you can also select from a $35 gift card or a check for $17.50.

Given that the lawsuit isn’t live, we feel we’ll just do our duty and provide you with the details you can expect anyway:

During “customer appreciation week”, you’ll be allowed to download at no expense up to 12 free items from the Sidekick Download Catalog including:

  • An alarm clock
  • Pac-Man game
  • 3 animated screen savers selected by defendants
  • Two themes as selected by defendants
  • Four ringtones as selected by defendants
  • One background selected by defendant
  • Approximate retail value of 12 items is $34.88

If you want the full read, thanks to the folks at TechFlash (who also provided the above details regarding the 12 items) they’ve got the full PDF settlement live on their site.

What I don’t see here and I have not read the whole settlement is what occurs if the individual who is named as a member of the class action is no longer a Sidekick owner and what provisions are set up in those instances.  If any of you want to do the whole read and find anything out, make sure to drop a line in the comments and I’ll update accordingly.

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  • http://twitter.com/ashn702 ashn702

    You can get a 35 dollar gift card or a 17.50 check is the other option.

    • http://twitter.com/ncmacasl Mike Chapman

      This is *if* you can prove you lost data Temporarily or Permanently (mostly applies to Sidekick LX09 owners – previous models had less of a problem losing their data. At the time of the outage, SKLX09 had a bug that caused the phones to continually do a hard reset a few times a day, which normally would not hve been a big problem, but coupled with the data outage, their cloud data could no longer be automatically restored to the device.)

      • Bronx Bebe

        Mine was never the same after that kept losing info, or when you delete things it came back, reboot all that good stuff and more. Rid it for the Nokia E 73 cos it was cheap at the time and just recently had to pay full price for the G2. The Nokia went bonkers went to the store as I was told by CS to change the sim the only thing is it locked me out. Between CS and Nokia CS no one had an answer how to unlock it after 2 hours or so I wounded up buying the G2. Bad part is the Nokia unlocked the next day for me. So within less than a year I have went through 3 phones and Iwas trying to hold out for the SK 4G so much for that.

  • http://twitter.com/ashn702 ashn702

    You can get a 35 dollar gift card or a 17.50 check is the other option.

  • http://twitter.com/ncmacasl Mike Chapman

    The settlement mentions if you lost LESS THAN 100 contacts then you qualify for the $35 gift card or 17.50 check. Does this imply that people who lost more than 100 contacts already got a settlement from T-Mobile?? (perhaps they are the ones who got the $100 & $50 gift cards the 1st time around)

    • Anonymous

      Your not Mike Chapman my State Farm agent are you?

      • Wilma Flintstone

        like a good neighbor, oh that was just too easy. Haaa!

    • Anonymous

      Your not Mike Chapman my State Farm agent are you?

  • Anonymous

    Man I would DIE for a free background and ringtone!!

    • Wilma Flintstone

      Haaa! Now that’ll make me go back to sidekicks. $17.50 should just about cover all the personal and uber important business numbers I lost. Thanks Tmobile. JD Power was right, you’re #1! :)

      • Anonymous
      • Anonymous
        • Wilma Flintstone

          Yepper Peppers Peppity yep yep I have. Uber Excited for it too (though the design is kinda bland).

          Check these Meego goodies out:

          youtube.com/watch?v=Ub_cwsJnQps

          youtube.com/watch?v=cXrXYCC6Cmo

        • hi!

          dude, if you don’t stop with the meego stuff I’m going to kill myself

        • Wilma Flintstone

          well, better star planning your funeral because I’m not going to stop showing my support for Meego just like I don’t ask any of you to stop showing your support for Android.

        • hi!

          dude, if you don’t stop with the meego stuff I’m going to kill myself

      • reddragon

        when you have “uber” important “business” contacts you don’t keep them on your sidekick.. IJS… how many important business meeting did you enter and whip out your sidekick and swivel open ur screen.. LOL… good luck with your business.

    • Wilma Flintstone

      Haaa! Now that’ll make me go back to sidekicks. $17.50 should just about cover all the personal and uber important business numbers I lost. Thanks Tmobile. JD Power was right, you’re #1! :)

  • http://twitter.com/gatodelrio limonysal

    $35 for T-Mobile they mean?

  • http://twitter.com/gatodelrio limonysal

    $35 for T-Mobile they mean?

  • http://twitter.com/gatodelrio limonysal

    what is the burden of proof on this?

  • http://twitter.com/gatodelrio limonysal

    what is the burden of proof on this?

  • http://twitter.com/gatodelrio limonysal

    what is the burden of proof on this?

  • hi!

    wait, stop the presses. I’m not even kidding….people still use sidekicks? Like it’s even an option? One person out there in the world makes phone calls on, and carries one around? Please respond to this because there’s just no way…

  • Rockbox1590

    I recieved one of the settlement notices today, and basically, if you get the notice stating you can download apps from the Catalog you don’t have the option for the check or gift card. So basically, if you dropped the Sidekick for another phone because of the outage, you’re most likely screwed for compensation. Whichever side thought was fair compensation screwed up.

  • NoMoreTmo

    Because so many of you did not file for the settlement, the portion of the settlement each person received was much more than what was expected. Instead of $17.50, I got a check for $118+ … TMobile’s silly APP download appreciation day was bogus. They sent a letter that they were CANCELING the sidekick service right after customer appreciation week. Some appreciation! I switched to Virgin/Blackberry and am on my way to the bank!!!