Samsung Confirms Sidekick 4G Hotspot, Tethering On Board

Samsung has confirmed to PhoneScoop a few unannounced features included in the Sidekick 4G. The Sidekick 4G will included both the Mobile Hotspot Feature as well as tethering on T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network. The Sidekick 4G will ship with a 2 GB microSD card along with the 1 GB of onboard memory. No word as to what size memory card the Sidekick 4G will take.

If any of these questions have been bugging you since the Sidekick 4G was announced two nights ago, wonder no more!

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  • http://twitter.com/KangTaRon Kang

    WELL THIS PHONE IS A BIG DISAPPOINTMENT….. IT DOESNT EVEN COMPARE TO TEH HIGH END PHONES ALREADY OUT ITS NOT AN UPGRADE JUST A HALF-A**ED COMEBACK FOR THE SIDEKICK BRAND…SMH TMOBILE…SMH

    • remister

      The Sidekick is aimed towards teens, as it always did. So no need to be bitter about it, if you don’t like it, go with the G2!

      • Anonymous

        Many older folks have been rocking sidekicks for years – like Mark Cuban. I am in my 40s and have used 1 since the SK2 – no better keyboard out there! I still use my SKLX07

        • remister

          ncmacasl- I still remember you on the sidekick forums. I use to follow your tips and tricks guide and show off to all my friends how much I knew about my sidekick. Are you gonna try out the new Sidekick?

        • Anonymous

          Definately – Still have my Sidekick LX07 and use it daily. but have no choice but to switch.

        • Imperfectly

          Last time he tweeted about a phone he was rocking a G2… I wonder if he’ll switch back now!

        • Aerofanbig

          agreed. I’m 30 and I want this phone! I had every SK except the 09, because I had pre-ordered the G1. Hell I remember when there was a few DOZEN apps in the market lol. Anyways, After 5+ years of a SK and 3 years now with the G1 I’m way too used to the 5 row keyboard to go to a 4 row or total touch screen. I’m sure I could learn either just fine but man….when you are talking nearly a decade of being used to something, its hard to retrain that muscle memory! And this phone really DOES have some good specs for what it is. Everyone needs to QUIT YOUR BITCHING about it not being a 45gig quad core with a 5″ super duper triple amoled screen that has an app for time travel and has holographic projections with a 25mp camera with a dozen LED flashes. ITS A PHONE PEOPLE, it’ll be a fast web surfer, probably a pretty damn good media phone, great for texting and oh yea…..you’ll probably be able to make a phone call because…..say it with me….ITS A PHONE! You want big huge MP’s and flashes and crap, buy a camera, its way cheaper then the phone. Its really not that hard to carry around a tiny point and shoot digi these days, they’re tiny. And they take better pics.

      • Bronx Bebe

        And for the deaf community as well like me and ncmacasl.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HK7ALWU4PMZC7SUZ4NZLXDT6R4 Chad

      It’s not supposed to compare to the “high-end” phones out it’s a sidekick dude lol calm down the target audience (mostly teens, tweens) won’t care if it’s comparable just so it’s does what it needs it to do and says sidekick on it, what your looking for is the Pyramid or G2X, now if those two phone which are supposed to be high-end are underwhelming then you have reason to cry.

    • Anonymous

      Wow, so much emotion over a handset meant for teens and grade schoolers. As I said before:

      Seeing how this is a phone Justin Bieber would endorse no one should be comparing this to an adult phone, unless you have a life size poster of Bieber in your living room, in which case disregard my retort to your emotional rant about the Sidekick Part Deux.

      This is actually a very good move by T-Mobile. Grade schoolers and teens are using either the iPhone or Android-based phones. (The iPhone users inherit the parents’ old iPhones when the parent gets a new one, or the parents are wealthy enough to supply their kids with iPhone 4 without thinking about it.)

      From what I hear, however, Android is becoming extremely popular with the kids. So resurrecting the Sidekick name and slapping it on an Android-based “teen phone” with “teen specs” is inspired, actually.

      Note: Last week my ex GF was talking about getting her son a phone, he is in grammar school. She told me that everyone wants either an iPhone or Android-based handset. He initially said he wanted an iPhone. But then last week he told her he wanted an Evo Shift. However, on seeing her new Sprint Epic, now he wants that phone. (He liked the large 4″ display for playing games.)

    • TweetMo

      Disagree.
      It’s called marketing to a certain demographic. It’s how money is made… so RELAX.

    • Anonymous

      Typing in all CAPS, helps to do nothing but declare your immaturity.

      • remister

        And that’s why that phone is targeted to ALL CAPS users :P

        • Anonymous

          That really doesn’t make much sense.

  • n321nja

    oh sidekick, so many memories

  • Mark

    I’m waiting for Carly’s little sister / BFF to show up in the ads as the SK4G! Heck, maybe Kay Panabaker from No Ordinary Family… I’m sure she’ll need a job soon.

    • frigadroid

      Or perhaps Nikki Hanh? Did anyone see her with Tom Hanks on Jimmy Kimmel doing a parody of toddlers in tiaras on oscars night? She is an up and coming young actress with commercial experience, and will be in a movie called the secret lives of dorks with jim belushi due to release around christmas.

    • frigadroid

      Or perhaps Nikki Hanh? Did anyone see her with Tom Hanks on Jimmy Kimmel doing a parody of toddlers in tiaras on oscars night? She is an up and coming young actress with commercial experience, and will be in a movie called the secret lives of dorks with jim belushi due to release around christmas.

  • Stockypeasant

    that is an awesome 5 row keyboard…

  • Anonymous

    In regards to Justin Bieber, what would be the slickest move in the wireless industry if T-Mobile could get Justin Bieber to endorse the new Sidekick. T-Mobile would sell 25 million of these things in three months.

    Imagine the volume of calls to sales after millions of pre-teens and teens see Bieber being interviewed on TV. During the interview his phone rings. He feigns embarrassment. He fumbles with the phone to silence the ringer. He says “Oh, sorry about that, I just got this new T-Mobile Sidekick and I forgot how to put it in silent mode.”

    T-Mobile should get Bieber on board.

    • frigadroid

      Hey that was my idea first, the Beiber edition with flash coming in the 4th quarter just in time for christmas. 8-O

      • frigadroid

        Mediamark Research and Intelligence reports that the number of children using mobile phones has doubled since 2005, with one in five children in the United States aged between six and 11 carrying a mobile phone.
        This is exactly why tmobile goes after the family biz. People this phone isn’t targeted at the tech wiz phone geeks like some of us, so expect something better for us on down the line.
        They could do the Beiber with Barkley and Wade arguing about who’s the mvp then agree its the side kick. You know Beiber has mad basketball skills. Lol

  • http://twitter.com/JDean86 James

    Damn….I might be getting a Sidekick….holy crap.

  • http://cosmicbreeze.tumblr.com/ DtheArtist

    Idk about the memory, as long as it’s affordable *Searches ebay for bigger MicroSD card*

    • Anonymous

      i think they just announced a 128GB SD card (seriously)

      • http://cosmicbreeze.tumblr.com/ DtheArtist

        WOW………. Watch it cost more than every Tablet coming out now. Seriously, who needs or would have 128GB of anything on a phone? Smartphone, Blackberry, whatever…

        • Anonymous

          3 words: MEDIA MEDIA MEDIA

      • Anonymous

        Thats SD though not MicroSD of which is what our phones use. a SD card is like the ones you use for cameras and they have been on 64gb for a while as I can recall

        • Anonymous

          ok yes – looks like current max for SDHC is 32 GB

  • Thisisapartynotasafari

    i don’t care if its for “teens” i’ve always had a sidekick since they came out. i just like the phone. idon’t care about all that other crap. i’m excited to get it!

  • Justinnn

    I’ve really been excited this phone, I’ve been trolling on it for over a month, but I’m definitely turned off by the 3mp camera. I’ve been extremely happy with my Vibrant’s 5mp pictures, and I don’t know if I’m willing to make that downgrade. I just don’t get why they’d slap a 3mp in there, 5 seems to be the new standard. I mean I’m not asking for an 8 or anything, but atleast give me my 5!

    • Anonymous

      Not to pick on you, but your comment is pretty common here.

      There are very good 3 mpxl cameras and very bad 5 mpxl cameras. Looking at a spec sheet and determining that 3 mpxl is bad is simply ignorant. Why don’t you wait until the phone is released and see what sort of quality camera was placed in the phone before passing judgment?

      Furthermore, 5 mpxl is “the new standard” in phones which cost $199 on contract. Did you wonder if maybe this Sidekick is built to cost less than $199 at launch, like maybe $99 or $149? Costs need to be cut to make that happen. For a phone which will be used for video chat (among other purposes), I’m pleased they opted to spend money on a 1 ghz Hummingbird for the CPU, instead of going with a lesser processor and choosing a weak 5 mpxl rear camera.

  • Anonymous

    Can TmoNews explain this clearly in layman’s terms. Does this mean that the sidekick will become an instant “wireless and/or wired router” that laptops, netbooks and other devices can plug into? I know some Sprint phones can do this. can any current Tmo phones do this?? and what is the difference between Tethering and Hot Spot?

    • bobthebuilder

      “Hot Spot” = instant wireless router
      “Tether” = attaching the phone via USB to a laptop or computer, similar to a wired modem

      Current T-Mobile phones with both of these features:
      Galaxy S 4g
      G2
      MyTouch 4g
      Optimus T
      Vibrant
      Comet

      • Anonymous

        Thanks! What I thought but not clear.

      • Josh

        The Galaxy S 4G can do mobile hotspot? I knew my myTouch 4G could but not the Galaxy S 4G… Hmm I think I need to take another look at my girlfriend’s phone. We couldn’t find it.

        • bobthebuilder

          Go into settings—> Wireless and Networks—> Mobile AP

  • Anonymous

    Tmobile Sidekick 4g “Buy Now” page is “live” – lots of Specs (still says “Coming Soon”) http://bit.ly/h3BnzA

  • Anonymous

    T-Mobile® Sidekick® 4G
    The T-Mobile Sidekick® makes a triumphant return as a high-performance, Android™-powered smartphone running at blazing-fast speeds on America’s Largest 4G Network™.

    • Texting evolved: Reply-all Group Text and texting from the web with Cloud Text
    • Lighting-fast 4G data download speeds
    • Front-facing camera for T-Mobile Video Chat powered by Qik™
    • 3.5 inch touch screen, speedy 1 Ghz processor, five-row QWERTY keyboard

  • Anonymous

    Cloud Text
    Send and receive text messages from your home PC via the Cloud Text Web app. Cloud Text wirelessly synchronizes your messages with your mobile device so the conversation thread is always up to date.
    Group Text
    With Group Text you have the freedom to create, participate in, and manage your reply-all text groups.
    Swype
    Make messaging on your touch-screen device faster, easier, and more fun. With this innovative new keyboard, you simply slide your finger over the letters that make up the word you want to spell.
    2 GB Memory Card Included
    Take advantage of an included memory card and fill it up with fun photos, videos, music and more.
    3 Megapixel Camera
    Take high-quality pictures from your device that you can enlarge or print.
    Apps -Android Market-
    With direct access to the Android Market you have access to all kinds of fun and useful apps to turn your device into the ultimate mobile device.
    Auto Rotating Screen
    Your screen can automatically rotate images for portrait or landscape viewing.
    Autofocus
    Autofocus can help you avoid blurry photos by automatically focusing your camera lens on your main subject.
    Customizable Home Screen
    Just drag and drop any of your favorite applications, photos or folders onto your home screen for quick access to what you use all of the time
    Easy access to Google applications
    One touch access to Google applications including Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Calendar, and Google Talk
    Front-facing Camera
    Take advantage of video chat with a built-in front-facing webcam.
    Fully Customizable
    Now you can make your device 100% you with the ability to personalize your device from the inside out with wallpapers, icons, widgets, apps, ringtones and full suite of accessories.
    Large QWERTY Keyboard
    Keyboard is 92% of the size of a standard laptop keyboard.
    Media Room
    Play your favorite music and videos with your integrated media player, or discover new content with direct access to T-Mobile TV, Slacker Radio, FM radio, and YouTube.
    Mobile Video Chat
    Chat face-to-face while on the go.
    Panorama Mode
    Capture multiple angles and patch them together into one beautiful landscape photograph.
    4G capable
    Browse the Web, download content, and stream media faster on T-Mobile’s 4G network.
    1Ghz Processor
    A lightning-fast 1Ghz processor delivers the speed you want, so you can experience powerful entertainment and more right on your device.
    Conference Calling
    Three way conference calling allows you to conduct a call with two other parties at the same time. This feature only works if the second call is outgoing.
    Easily synch w/ Microsoft Outlook
    Stay in synch with your Contacts, Calendar, and Email in Microsoft Outlook
    E-mail
    Send and receive e-mail messages on your device, using your existing e-mail accounts.
    Full corporate e-mail and calendar support
    Sync with your corporate e-mail exchange server to access and manage your work e-mail and calendar events.
    Personal and Work E-mail*
    Send and receive messages from personal and work e-mail.
    Address book
    The info you need to contact your contacts.
    GPS with Navigation Capability
    Get your real-time location on maps, driving directions, and more.
    Memory Card Slot (microSD)
    Add more memory for multimedia files, data and more. Easily take the memory card out of your device to transfer files and data to another device.
    Alarm clock
    Handy reminders help you stay on schedule.
    Calculator
    A handy way to check your figures.
    Calendar
    Keep track of appointments and even set reminders to make sure you’re on time.

    • Anonymous

      >Keyboard is 92% of the size of a standard laptop keyboard.
      Huh? That’s the spec for netbook keyboards. The whole device isn’t even that big.
      Where did you get this data?

    • justmee

      I saw this on Sidekick.com. It would be nice if they could give hints to whether or not we would keep our Tmail accounts. All it said is…personal and business E-mail.

      • Calystazura

        We do NOT get to keep our Tmail accounts. Those were hosted through the Danger servers.

        • Anonymous

          howevert, “tmail.com” is OWNED by T-mobile, not danger. s in theory it is possible after 5/31 to convert accounts to a non-Danger version but the 6MB limit makes them a bit pointless when we can use current Gmail accounts instead.

  • Anonymous

    Specs
    Size:2.4 x 5.0 x0.6 in.Weight:5.7 oz.Included battery:Lithium ionTalk time:up to 6.5 hoursStandby time:up to 19 daysBand (frequency):850 MHz;900 MHz;1800 MHz;1900 MHz;UMTS: Band I (2100);UMTS: Band IV (1700/2100)
    What’s in the box?
    Battery
    Charger
    MicroSD Card
    USB Cable

  • http://twitter.com/shinkinrui shinkinrui

    Wow, this phone is getting a lot of hate. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised since(aside from the rear camera) it’s got the same specs as the high-end phones coming out 6 months ago did. ::rolls eyes:: Gadget consumers are so spoiled XD

    Personally, I’m pretty excited for this phone. Same processor as a a Galaxy S but with an awesome 5-row QWERTY and a front-facing camera? Way grabbing one for both me and the wife. I can live with a 3.5-inch screen.

  • TMO_Nation

    THIS IS A GREAT REPLACEMENT FOR THE MOTOROLA SHIQ, I MEAN CLIQ. MY WIFE LOVES KEYBOARDED PHONES BUT HATES HER CLIQ. I HAVE AN HD7, SHE DONT LIKE IT … A OPTIMUS T, SHE DONT LIKE IT … G2, THE KEYBOARD IS SMALL … LIKES THE SGS4G, BUT NO KEYBOARD. SO HOPEFULLY SHE WILL LOVE THE NEW SIDEKICK……SHE BEEN A FAN OF IT SINCE IT WAS LAST SEEN ON THE KARDASHIAN SHOW AND THE HILLS….

  • Anonymous

    Wow 3 megapixel camera? I was greatly excited but not anymore…ugh

  • Stephanie29

    I don’t know why the surprise about the cam being crappy. All Samsung devices have crapola cameras.

    • Anonymous

      You must have NEVER owned a Samsung Camera Phone if you are saying that. The Memoir was one of the best camera phones out there, Galaxy S has the best Android Camera despite the lack of LED flash, I even had a prepaid samsung camera that was a 3.2mp and it took pictures on the level of a 5mp. Samsung excels with the camera in mobile phones the only other contender is motorola. You have no clue on what you are talking about.

  • Boxhead223

    3 megapixel camera huhas much as I want this I really think that this is the lowend sidekick and they will be coming with another that has a flash and better specs and maybe made by HTC

    • justmee

      I have thought the same thing about HTC doing the next Sidekick.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ElectroHop Jay Alford

    Being the Sidekick user that was I was….I’m most likely gonna give up my MyTouch Slide for this. I DESPISE that it’s made my Samsung ( T-Mobile, why did you do that? HTC or LG would’ve been top NOTCH! ), but I’ll get past that. I wish they would’ve made the body of the it not so…plastic. It makes it look…cheap….lol, oh well ( I loved the design of the original LX ). I’m happy they brought back a keyboard similar to the SK3, separated buttons. Did anyone else notice that the number keypad isn’t on there like the previous SK’s? But anyway, yeah…I’m gonna get this. I’m waiting patiently to pre-order. I already know I’m gonna like it, no need to wait to get it in-store. Then again…..

    But back to the phone itself. It’s pretty cool on how now you can hold the phone 2 ways haha, vertical and horizontal. It’s gonna be so weird ( I used to do that with my LX, thinking it was a touch screen and…yeah, don’t ask ) AND IT’S 4G! WOOOO! I’m exciteddd.

    • Anonymous

      HTC and top notch don’t belong in the same sentence, LG maybe.

    • Anonymous

      numberpad no longer needed due to the touch screen – typing a 10-key keyboard on a touchscreen is easy for everyone. TYPING on a full-qwerty touchscreen keyboard is entirely different. if someone feels the need to dial by keyboard, there is the dedicated number row.

    • Juicy

      All sidekicks are made by samsung crazy

  • Leviwarfel

    This phone looks amazing. Probably gonna get it when my plan ends. I love my Optimus, but I NEED a keyboard!

  • http://twitter.com/TAYLO355 Taylor Wilkerson

    oh god that pic makes the phone look SO GOOD :D cant wait!!

  • Wingsofabird

    I like it but want it in a netbook or notebook form.   I am deaf and type like a bandit and see the FCC is holding back the US deaf from tethering which accomplishes what this does but gives the deaf a real keyboard and screen.

  • Wingsofabird

    I like it but want it in a netbook or notebook form.   I am deaf and type like a bandit and see the FCC is holding back the US deaf from tethering which accomplishes what this does but gives the deaf a real keyboard and screen.

  • Wingsofabird

    I like it but want it in a netbook or notebook form.   I am deaf and type like a bandit and see the FCC is holding back the US deaf from tethering which accomplishes what this does but gives the deaf a real keyboard and screen.

  • Wingsofabird

    I like it but want it in a netbook or notebook form.   I am deaf and type like a bandit and see the FCC is holding back the US deaf from tethering which accomplishes what this does but gives the deaf a real keyboard and screen.