T-Mobile Announces Sidekick 4G Details, Along With HSPA+ 21

T-Mobile, in combination with Samsung Mobile are officially unveiling to the world, the T-Mobile Sidekick 4G by Samsung. The newest Android smartphone in the T-Mobile lineup pays homage to the Sidekick of old while delivering Android power on T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network complete with theoretical download speeds of up to 21 Mbps.

Complete with a 3.5″ touchscreen marking the first entry into the Sidekick lineup that features a touch sensitive display. The “pop-tilt” hinge reveals the famous five row keyboard that has long been a staple in the Sidekick line. We could even go as far to say it is single most important reason the Sidekick line rose to prominence during its heyday.

Delivering two brand new features in Sidekick “Group Text” and “Cloud Text,” the Sidekick 4G hopes to “redefine” messaging. Sidekick’s “Group Text” feature will let customers create, name, manage and participate in reply-all group text conversations. “Cloud Text” provides an option to text friends/family across platforms, be it from the comfort of your home PC or from your brand new Sidekick 4G.

The Sidekick 4G will come preloaded with both Facebook and Twitter applications along with integrated Google services including Gmail, Google Talk, Google Maps. As an Android device, the Sidekick 4G will take advantage of the thousands of Apps available via the Android Market.

The “Jump” key, an “easy access physical button” enables customers to multitask quickly by switching active applications. The Sidekick 4G is now an entertainment powerhouse powered by T-Mobile HSPA+, the Sidekick’s Media Room features YouTube videos, T-Mobile TV, Slacker radio and Samsung Media Hub with shows from CBS, Fox, MTV, NBC, Paramount and Warner Bros. Furthermore, T-Mobile customers rocking the Samsung Media Hub on their Sidekick 4G will be able to bill Media Hub charges directly to their monthly T-Mobile bills.

The Sidekick 4G hardware comes complete with a 1 GHz Cortex A8 Hummingbird processor. A VGA front-facing camera will power your T-Mobile Video Chat conversations by Qik. Android 2.2 will be your Android version of choice.

The Sidekick 4G will also be the first T-Mobile device to come equipped with DriveSmart, the first of a it’s kind service that helps prevent distracted driving. When enabled, DriveSmart will allow the user to send automatic messages to incoming callers and arriving text messages that let’s them know you’ll contact the person when it’s safe to do so. Pretty nifty and hopefully this will come enabled on all future T-Mobile devices.

If you’ve managed to read this far, the Sidekick 4G gallery below shows off the two launch colors, Matte Black and Pearl Magenta. The Sidekick 4G is expected to hit T-Mobile shelves later this spring!

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.,1 today unveiled the new T-Mobile Sidekick® 4GTM by Samsung. The new AndroidTM-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 NetworkTM, 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 TextTM and Cloud TextTM 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 TwitterTM 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 QikTM, 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 GoogleTM services, including GmailTM, Google MapsTM and access to thousands of applications on Android MarketTM.

The new Sidekick 4G also comes equipped with DriveSmartTM 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 wheel.

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.

1 No. 1 mobile phone provider in the U.S claim for Samsung Mobile based upon reported shipment data, according to Strategy Analytics Q4 2010 U.S. Market Share Handset Shipments Report.

T-Mobile’s HSPA+ 4G network not available everywhere; see coverage details at T-Mobile.com. 4G used in connection with the T-Mobile Sidekick 4G product name refers to the fact that the new Sidekick 4G is designed with HSPA+ 4G technology (“4G”).

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  • Anonymous

    This is exactly what I expected/would expect from a 2011 Sidekick. If I was into the sidekick line then I would jump all over this new SK. Good job T-mobile and GL with its success.

    I gotta say tho it is butt the F#@k ugly in portrait mode.

    DtheArtist I hope it is has met your expectations.

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

      It has. I’m not asking for that much. I just need full communication abilities, some customization, keyboard, touchscreen, & FFC. I’ve had super phones & it never really made that much of a difference for me. I just want a device that communications, smart, customizable, & some personalization options. Maybe later on I’ll find the use for a superphone. Till then, I’m good. & considering my budget & things I have to save up for as well. I’m good

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

      It has. I’m not asking for that much. I just need full communication abilities, some customization, keyboard, touchscreen, & FFC. I’ve had super phones & it never really made that much of a difference for me. I just want a device that communications, smart, customizable, & some personalization options. Maybe later on I’ll find the use for a superphone. Till then, I’m good. & considering my budget & things I have to save up for as well. I’m good

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

    WOW this actually came out a lot better than I thought, This will sell, I probably won’t buy it but my little bro wants to make the jump from Sprint to T-Mobile just for this so I know Tmo has gained at least one new customer so far from the Sidekick 4G

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

    WOW this actually came out a lot better than I thought, This will sell, I probably won’t buy it but my little bro wants to make the jump from Sprint to T-Mobile just for this so I know Tmo has gained at least one new customer so far from the Sidekick 4G

  • Anonymous

    Back in December, when T-Mobile tweeted “What would you like to see happen with Sidekick? Give us your wish list.” (see article here: http://www.tmonews.com/2010/12/will-the-sidekick-ever-make-a-comeback/ )…

    I replied in the comments section:

    “Keep the keyboard and the keyboard shortcuts & the 4 corner buttons. Make it Android. Grandfather old rate plans! Can Slide or Swivel, but Swivel is better. Touchscreen, shoulder buttons, video chat, deaf-friendly apps, 4G! Easily port data from older sidekicks, tmail accounts transfer, Enterprise support (free), Social apps (free), Unlimited Data plans, tethering, Lots of memory, wifi, Google Voice, Same AIM, Threaded Texting, more Tmail MBs, Facebook Chat, Adobe Flash, Netflix-ready, more than 2 choices for case color, same Copy&Paste, same AutoText, updated hidden Snowboard game (including the Christmas Trees in December), TouchPad instead of TrackBall (in addition to TouchScreen)”

    Let’s see what we know so far what they have and don’t have & what is unknown:

    keyboard — YES
    keyboard shortcuts — YES
    4 corner buttons — YES (though modified)
    Make it Android — YES
    Grandfather old rate plans! — YES (if you still have your old Sidekick plan you can talk to the Customer Loyalty Department to get data rates similar to your current sidekick plan; however, if you left your old sidekick, good luck getting old rate plans!)
    Can Slide or Swivel, but Swivel is better — YES (Slide but not swivel – which is good enough, IMHO)
    Touchscreen — YES
    shoulder buttons — YES (rear views seem to show 2 Shoulder buttons on top and power/volume controls on the bottom)
    video chat — YES (via Qik & Front-Facing VGA camera)
    deaf-friendly apps — UNCLEAR (but several Text-Relay apps are already available in Android’s App store)
    4G! — YES (HSPA+ 21 which is top of the line right now!)
    Easily port data from older sidekicks — YES (T-Mobile has already released Backup software that ports all data to standard formats that can be uploaded to google – I have already uploaded mine to my won Google account – Calendar works perfect. Contacts converts everything to a “Notes” filed so you need to go thru each contact and put the data in the right fields. It “works” but not as smoothly as it could have been). Bookmarks, To Do & Notes are also backed up)
    tmail accounts transfer — UNCLEAR (but doubtful),
    Enterprise support (free) — UNCLEAR
    Social apps (free) — YES (Facebook, MySpace, & Twitter integration is standard)
    Unlimited Data plans — YES
    tethering — UNCLEAR
    Lots of memory — UNCLEAR
    wifi — UNCLEAR
    Google Voice — (already in Android App Store)
    Same AIM — NO (only standard IM clients from the Android App Store)
    Threaded Texting — YES++ (2 different Text-Centric apps come standard)
    more Tmail MBs — NO & YES (uses default Gmail apps which have virtually unlimited account sizes)
    Facebook Chat — UNCLEAR
    Adobe Flash — UNCLEAR (but it *is* already available on many, but not all, Android 2.2 devices)
    Netflix-ready — UNCLEAR (but it *is* rumored to be coming on Qualcomm Android chips, no word in Netflix integration with Samsung chips, including Sidekick’s Hummingbird chip)
    more than 2 choices for case color — NO (but TWO choices is better than just ONE)
    same Copy&Paste — UNCLEAR (but there is no Dpad nor are there Arrow Keys, however there *is* an Optical “TrackBall” so it is possible.)
    same AutoText — UNCLEAR (however Smart Keyboard is available for free from the Android App Store and can be configrued to work with a physical keybaord)
    updated hidden Snowboard game (including the Christmas Trees in December) — UNCLEAR (however a similar free App “Mountain Chase” is available from the Android App Store)
    TouchPad instead of TrackBall (in addition to TouchScreen) — YES & YES

    Hopefully TmoNews will soon clear these issues up as more details becomes available

    • http://twitter.com/Mobileer Mobileer

      “if you still have your old Sidekick plan you can talk to the Customer Loyalty Department to get data rates similar to your current sidekick plan”

      I happened to speak to Customer Loyalty Department supervisor the past week, and she was very little informed about the Sidekick period, past or future ones. Either way I was told that the SK data plan was going to be gone for good on May 31st and no grandfathering of any sort…

      • Anonymous

        only works if you currently have the sidekick plan and whine a bit. ask for a supervisor if needed. many posts since the famous data outage proves that many people have received it on Android plans.

        • http://twitter.com/Mobileer Mobileer

          Well I am on the original $19.99 plan, and trust me I have no problem whining, that’s about all I do well :). I was able to get $19.99 package for our son long after it was discontinued though for his SK08 but yeah I guess the supervisor I happened to reach was just not the greatest. She was down right rude and arrogant, I actually ended up ending that call prematurely it was going nowhere…she was insisting that ALL SK services were to end on March 4th (I called on March 3rd for 18mins 24secs :) yeah TMo look it up!!)

          Then I called again and just spoke to a “regular” rep of the SK dept for 8mins and he gave me a lot of factual info!

        • Anonymous

          probably got a rep from a different country! some countrys are apparently less informed! lol!! did the accents change??

        • Josh

          I thought they only outsourced with prepaid and Flex?

        • http://twitter.com/Mobileer Mobileer

          Well I am on the original $19.99 plan, and trust me I have no problem whining, that’s about all I do well :). I was able to get $19.99 package for our son long after it was discontinued though for his SK08 but yeah I guess the supervisor I happened to reach was just not the greatest. She was down right rude and arrogant, I actually ended up ending that call prematurely it was going nowhere…she was insisting that ALL SK services were to end on March 4th (I called on March 3rd for 18mins 24secs :) yeah TMo look it up!!)

          Then I called again and just spoke to a “regular” rep of the SK dept for 8mins and he gave me a lot of factual info!

    • http://twitter.com/Mobileer Mobileer

      I have my doubt if what you believe is shoulder buttons are that, seems to me (due to positioning) that it might be SIM and/or memorycard covers?

      As for the wifi see Video Chat here: http://sidekick.t-mobile.com/ it says:
      “Share face-to-face with your social circle, and do it with or without Wi-Fi” would surely indicate there is wifi on it.

      Tethering based on Tmo’s comments to me and all their other Android based devices and their approach to this topic as a whole would make me believe that it most likely will be possible,

      • Anonymous

        Spec Sheet I posted above confirms wifi

    • http://twitter.com/Mobileer Mobileer

      Actually on the shoulder buttons you can go here: http://sidekick.t-mobile.com/ and “scroll” left on the arrows, you can see them, not sure what it is one looks like a USB symbol but seems way to small for that.

      • Anonymous

        probably a sliding cover for MicroUSB

        • Anonymous

          other button may be a camera icon but also could be a memory card — not clear from pic. However a touch screen lessens the need for the shoulder buttons (Same with Call Send & End buttons)

        • http://twitter.com/Mobileer Mobileer

          I like shoulder buttons, on the flip side of this (pun intended) on the other side there does seem to be buttons (volume & pwr?) at the exact same (symmetrical) locations so who knows.

        • Anonymous

          yes – they are clearly volume & power buttons with 3.5 audio jack on bottom

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EXG4HIUE7SQFJVEFKANALLHDOE gulo

      T-Mobile has already released Backup software that ports all data to standard formats that can be uploaded to google –

      Hi, where exactly is that tool located ? I can’t seem to find it

      • Anonymous

        Sidekick.com – bottom of page “Sidekick owners” – then log int, then look at account screen near bottom for “Export/Import your info”, click on the link just below that.

  • aware

    As a previous sk owner (all the way from the original sk to the sk 2009) and I will for sure be jumping on this. I was a crackberry addict until I switched to android last year. As much as I miss my crackberry reliability, I couldn’t imagine living without the android market. I’m thrilled to see the classic sk design back in the game! That, paired with the android platform, will surely make for an awesome device! I’m sold!

  • Ohhhh

    I thought the Galaxy S 4G came equipped with Drive Smart making that one the first phone to be equipped with it (or second if you include the Optimous T)?

    Anyway, the phone looks awesome! Big step up from the first one. It will also be our second fastest phone. Good job Tmo. Keep bringing powerful devices and let’s keep those customers!

  • Stick to TV’s Samsung

    Made by Samsung….I’ll pass, the phone looks so generic, I thought the SK return would have been better. If its not HTC then its not for me….But to those that like it, have at it!

    • Stick to TV’s Samsung

      and to add to my comment, just noticed no flash….its 2011 and we are still producing phones with no flash? Wow, I smell a “we’ll throw a flash on the next SK we release in 6months and call it the SK5″….

      • Crazyd408

        Really dude? Its 2011 and you still use your phone as your primary camera? Not even the best cameras on phones are adequate for good pictures. A flash isn’t gonna make your shitty phone camera any better. Stop being a cheap douche and go buy a real camera. You’re probably the kind of guy that goes into a T-Mobile store and bitches about everything. “omG this phoNe doesn’t have flash? gaaay”, “why cant you give me the phone for free?”, “can i get the phone for free and not have to get the data? no? omg that is soooo dumb”

        “If its not HTC then its not for me” <— Closeminded/fanboy statement of the week.

        • Stick to TV’s Samsung

          Wow my dude….I never said anything about half the crap you stated….question why have a camera on the phone if its not going to benefit you in any type of way or give you quality pictures????? Secondly if you did your research you would see that consumers are ACTUALLY using the camera phones a primary cameras now a-days…why do you think they keep improving the mega pixels????? Flippin A….”Stop being a cheap douche and go buy a real camera.” Someone seems a bit tad angry….Go grab you some a tampon, seems to be that time on the month buddy….Good luck with that

        • Crazyd408

          ^ ^ ^ ^ ^

          grammar fail.

          The camera is there to take pictures, *obviously* albeit not very good ones. So if you’re fine with crappy pics then shoot away, just don’t blame the manufacturer because your PHONE didn’t take a professional quality picture like your CAMERA is supposed to. It certainly isn’t for lack of a flash.

          These companies are making smartphones and selling them to cheap asses like you, and that means they cant afford to spend more than a few bucks per handset on camera hardware without passing the higher costs on to you. You’ll be hard pressed to find ANY phone camera that takes better pictures than your average point and shoot digital cam.

          Why do they keep increasing the megapixels? So Simpletons like you will see the press release and say “oMgzorz! 13mega pixelz! Thats waaaY betteR than 8Mp!! my fone iz better than urRRZ!! HUR HUR HUR!!”

          *** Now, where did i leave my cranberry juice? I’m cramping again.

        • Stick to TV’s Samsung

          Man I’m trying to figure out what was your whole point of commenting on my post????? Your rebuttals make no sense what so ever. Are you defending this phone or cameras in general….LMAO so confused….Then you go about saying “These companies are making smartphones and selling them to cheap asses like you” ok….so what it that in reference to???? I never stated nothing about the phones cost nor the prices of current phones. So your calling this phone cheap? If sooooo, hmmmm would you kindly refer to my first post……”phone looks generic”…….second post……”no flash”……Companies cut corners around these features to cut cost sir. What does that mean…….drum roll please…….”CHEAP A** PHONE”. For your info sir I am not cheap, if I was I would totally buy this piece of s***! Sorry everyone is not a nerd and carry’s their Nikon handy cam around everywhere they go. Speaking of don’t you have a commercial to shoot Ashton Kutcher?????

        • Stick to TV’s Samsung

          Wow my dude….I never said anything about half the crap you stated….question why have a camera on the phone if its not going to benefit you in any type of way or give you quality pictures????? Secondly if you did your research you would see that consumers are ACTUALLY using the camera phones a primary cameras now a-days…why do you think they keep improving the mega pixels????? Flippin A….”Stop being a cheap douche and go buy a real camera.” Someone seems a bit tad angry….Go grab you some a tampon, seems to be that time on the month buddy….Good luck with that

        • Stick to TV’s Samsung

          Wow my dude….I never said anything about half the crap you stated….question why have a camera on the phone if its not going to benefit you in any type of way or give you quality pictures????? Secondly if you did your research you would see that consumers are ACTUALLY using the camera phones a primary cameras now a-days…why do you think they keep improving the mega pixels????? Flippin A….”Stop being a cheap douche and go buy a real camera.” Someone seems a bit tad angry….Go grab you some a tampon, seems to be that time on the month buddy….Good luck with that

  • Magenta Magic

    *golf clap* I’m liking this, and I was never a fan of the SK lineup. I am anxious to see a live device… if I can use a home replacement app (ADW Launcher is my fave!) to have something a little more familiar looking on the screen, then +1 for this device. Have I found the replacement to my SGS-T959 at last? Depends… but it’s not a “no” yet!

  • Anonymous

    Formal Spec Sheet Released! http://www.gsmarena.com/t_mobile_sidekick_4g-3874.php

    GENERAL 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
    3G Network HSDPA 1700 / 2100
    Announced 2011, March
    Status Coming soon. Exp. release 2011, Q2
    SIZE Dimensions -
    Weight -
    DISPLAY Type TFT capacitive touchscreen
    Size 480 x 800 pixels, 3.5 inches
    - QWERTY keyboard
    - Accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate
    - Proximity sensor for auto turn-off
    - Multi-touch input method
    SOUND Alert types Vibration, MP3, WAV ringtones
    Loudspeaker Yes
    3.5mm jack Yes
    MEMORY Phonebook Practically unlimited entries and fields, Photocall
    Call records Practically unlimited
    Card slot microSD
    DATA GPRS Yes
    EDGE Yes
    3G HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 2.0 Mbps
    WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
    Bluetooth Yes v2.1 with A2DP
    Infrared port No
    USB Yes, microUSB v2.0
    CAMERA Primary 3.15 MP, 2048×1536 pixels, autofocus
    Features Geo-tagging
    Video Yes
    Secondary Yes, VGA
    FEATURES OS Android OS, v2.2 (Froyo)
    CPU 1 GHz ARM Cortex-A8 processor, PowerVR SGX540 GPU, Hummingbird chipset
    Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
    Browser HTML
    Radio N?
    Games Yes
    Colors Matte black, Pearl magenta
    GPS Yes, with A-GPS support
    Java Via third party application
    - MP4/H.264/H.263 player
    - MP3/WAV/eAAC+ player
    - Organizer
    - Document viewer (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF)
    - Google Search, Maps, Gmail,
    YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa integration
    - Voice memo
    - Predictive text input
    BATTERY Standard battery, Li-Ion

  • NexOne

    HOLY CRAP!!!! another cheap plastic by Samsung!!!

  • http://twitter.com/Mobileer Mobileer

    I just hope the 3.7V and ***800mAh*** as indicated in the FCC label document is the true size of the battery it will have, that would just be a joke frankly! :(

  • damo

    David… why can’t I switch to regular theme on my g2? I hate hate hate mobile sites, my phone is more than capable of handling full websites. Also why is it that when I click on the pictures it shows up as a blue question mark? I want to see the pictures a bit better.

  • Delonta06

    Round of Applause for Magenta!!!

    Undoubtedly the Fastest 4G Network! Best Customer Service AGAIN! -Take that Sprint, AT&T, and Verizon!

    Best T-Mobile Line-Up Ever!
    Sidekick4G
    Optimus 2x
    Pyramid/Double Shot
    Nokia C7/Tiger

    Now thats how you gain customers and show the big 3 that you can compete.

    I think DT needs to stop discussing buy outs/mergers trying to save expanding cost and put their money where their Magenta Balls are(They can even borrow one of mine, I got 2!)! T-mobile can be better than any carrier if it continues it strategy of buying up spectrum to expand 4G and staying ahead. Continue releasing mid-range and superphones. Though it would take a little time, they could be the first to have all unlimited data plans for voice, text, and video! Thats a whole new market within the market! Set a price that no one(which is everyone else since your first) that doesn’t have an all data network can’t compete with and watch the masses jump on board! They need to think investment, cuz phones are going to change daily so thats not enough. All data plans are the next big game changer!

    #Business Ninja Savvy

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

      I completely agree. They’ve trailed FAILED strategies & they acted as if they were gonna get different results for strategies they ALREADY HAD. We we’re always the cheapest, most valuable carrier, with the best customer service. Of course we would still have a consumer base, but if it didn’t cause a dramatic increase in customer’s before, what made them think it would now? All they have/had to do is market their services, & especially DEVICES MORE. Put your money in getting the devices, exclusive devices (you have something other carriers don’t, hence: iPhone), & marketing dollars. Now if they keep up with this we can at least get to top 3.

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

        *tried*

      • Anonymous

        You say “your money” like there is a ton of it there and they are just hoarding their profits, lol. There isn’t a whole lot to reinvest into marketing bud, don’t fool yourself. They are going to have to continue with their current game plan and continue to hope that value and speed of network are going to win over in the end. ANY extra money is being used to increase coverage as many have pointed out they are still on edge. Tmobile is doing the right thing in the long run, but they are very far away from being the carrier that has all the exclusive deals, commercials, and marketing oomph.

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

          No… I said, “your money” how it was stated. You just took it how you wanted to & flipped it. I’m not T-Mobile, so I’m not going to assume how they are managing their money. All I know is obviously the money needs to be put in other places as well (results). So, with that said you can this comment somewhere else; unless you are higher up in T-Mobile as a CEO or something. Other than that, I am entitled to my opinion. You can speak on your opinion & state what you want to; but, you can’t tell me what I can & can’t think, nor what ‘I’ think is potentially wrong or won’t make a difference. For all you know, it just might.

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

      I completely agree. They’ve trailed FAILED strategies & they acted as if they were gonna get different results for strategies they ALREADY HAD. We we’re always the cheapest, most valuable carrier, with the best customer service. Of course we would still have a consumer base, but if it didn’t cause a dramatic increase in customer’s before, what made them think it would now? All they have/had to do is market their services, & especially DEVICES MORE. Put your money in getting the devices, exclusive devices (you have something other carriers don’t, hence: iPhone), & marketing dollars. Now if they keep up with this we can at least get to top 3.

    • Caosroy

      add the Mytouch 4g and the g2 in there and ur good haha

  • Delonta06

    Round of Applause for Magenta!!!

    Undoubtedly the Fastest 4G Network! Best Customer Service AGAIN! -Take that Sprint, AT&T, and Verizon!

    Best T-Mobile Line-Up Ever!
    Sidekick4G
    Optimus 2x
    Pyramid/Double Shot
    Nokia C7/Tiger

    Now thats how you gain customers and show the big 3 that you can compete.

    I think DT needs to stop discussing buy outs/mergers trying to save expanding cost and put their money where their Magenta Balls are(They can even borrow one of mine, I got 2!)! T-mobile can be better than any carrier if it continues it strategy of buying up spectrum to expand 4G and staying ahead. Continue releasing mid-range and superphones. Though it would take a little time, they could be the first to have all unlimited data plans for voice, text, and video! Thats a whole new market within the market! Set a price that no one(which is everyone else since your first) that doesn’t have an all data network can’t compete with and watch the masses jump on board! They need to think investment, cuz phones are going to change daily so thats not enough. All data plans are the next big game changer!

    #Business Ninja Savvy

  • Anonymous

    if we were running in chronological order, this would be the sidekick 6, and a “new one w/ flash” would be 7. The new Galaxy didn’t have flash, so there’s no reason to believe they would even add flash in the future. I own an HTC phone, and they’re great, but if you can explain why samsung should “stick to Tvs” that would be great. And honestly if your reasoning has to do with updates, like most samsung haters say, HTC/T-Mobile hasn’t taken great care of their customers either, with certain phones.

    • Stick to TV’s Samsung

      ok ok you guys win “this sidekick rules!!!!! it’ll be the best phone ever!!!!”

      • Caosroy

        lol its not even out yet.. and it has the smallest screen for a 4g phone and only 1gig processor and maybe a 3 or 5 mp camera… already spec way lower then all htc and moto and the rest of Samsungs big phones.. kind of a let down for a 4g phone

        • Aerofanbig

          only a 1gig processor?……You mean….like the MyTouch 4G, the EVO, the Galaxy S series, most of the Motorola phones….heck its more then the G2 has. What, because there is TWO phones on the market (world wide, just one here in the USA) have 1.2ghz DC’s 1gig is suddenly going to be slow and outdated? Its also the ONLY 4G phone out there with a full 5 row QWERTY pad, the other 2 4G phones with physical keypads have condensed 4 row, with slightly larger screens. So this phone is actually a tiny bit smaller but has a bigger keypad. And seriously who needs an 8mp camera on their phone? I never understood this….if you want to take the best pictures people could, oh I don’t know…..buy a….camera?

        • Anonymous

          Smallest screen for a 4G phone? how effing big do you expect a slide out screen to be? there aren’t any 4inch slide out keyboard android phones why because it would be too big why the hell do you think the biggest screen currently on something of the same form factor is 3.7 aka G2

    • Anonymous

      Actually this is the 6th Operating System using the Sidekick name. there have been MANY more sidekick Models” B&W Sidekick (Danger OS 1.x), Color Sidekick, Sidekick 2 (Danger OS 2.x), SK2 Mister Cartoon, SK2 Juicy Couture, Sidekick 3 (Danger OS 3.x), SK3 Diane Von Furstenberg, SK3 Lifted Research Group, SK3 D-Wade, Sidekick iD, Sidekick LX (2007; (Danger OS 4.x), Sidekick Slide, SK Slide Scarlet, SK LX Tony Hawk, Sidekick 2008, Sidekick LX 2009 (Danger OS 5.x) — if you remove all the “Designer” models, it still adds up to more than 6 – ;)

    • frigadroid

      Samsung sux because of the software they put on their phones like touch wiz. The lag, fc, gps, random reboots and as you said they have a bad record for updates.
      They do make an awesome display. What is frustrating is they come up with a good idea like the tv out on the vibrant then forget it on the nexus. If I was a side kick fan I would be pissed. I want all the bells and whistles. How could they forget samoled?

  • Anonymous

    if we were running in chronological order, this would be the sidekick 6, and a “new one w/ flash” would be 7. The new Galaxy didn’t have flash, so there’s no reason to believe they would even add flash in the future. I own an HTC phone, and they’re great, but if you can explain why samsung should “stick to Tvs” that would be great. And honestly if your reasoning has to do with updates, like most samsung haters say, HTC/T-Mobile hasn’t taken great care of their customers either, with certain phones.

  • Anonymous

    “The Sidekick 4G will also be the first T-Mobile device to come equipped with DriveSmart”

    False. Galaxy S 4G comes with it.

    • Don Dada

      It says “a first-of-its kind service from a U.S. carrier” which I think refers to Tmobile being the first to do this. The galaxy was under Tmobile so I think you just read it wrong

  • G1forLife

    Awesome David, maybe now I can stop refreshing tmonews every 10 minutes for this update ;D

    Actually, I’m still going while waiting for that release date and other news!

    • Anonymous

      i thot I was the only 1 — LOL

  • T Joedodger

    Not for my taste, but I can definitely see the younger crowd liking this phone. I ll still take my Dell Venue Pro over any phone in the T- mobile lineup…..

  • Rcolbert87

    I am ready…. I would love to test it out…. LOL

  • Rcolbert87

    I am ready…. I would love to test it out…. LOL

  • Derrickps3

    my sidekick days are over with, would be nice for teens tho

  • Derrickps3

    my sidekick days are over with, would be nice for teens tho

  • Raul

    Never been a fan of sidekicks always felt they where for kids

  • Don Dada

    Soooooooooo…..How about a more accurate guess on this release date? lmao……seriously I’m tired of checking tmonews every 10mins……will we be able to take advantage of the offer Tmobile spoke if earlier

    • Don Dada

      Of*

  • Josh.

    you know the ONE thing that bugs the CRAP out of me with the Android interface……when rotating the phone that damn search bar doesn’t stretch across the whole screen…..KILLS ME.

  • jarjon76

    I wonder if the Sidekicks will still be popular among teens (its target audience)? If so, this phone has a chance.

  • PC

    Already got my new Blackberry to replace my old Sidekick. Now that I see what it looks like, I don’t regret my decision.

  • Anonymous

    Samsung just posted several VERY HI RES pics of Sidekick 4G: http://bit.ly/hDaFpO

    • beastly

      Thanks!
      You know what seems weird to me? They sell a phone in some non-black color (like white, or in the case of the MyTouch 4G, plum or red) and yet most of the phone is still black, just with a white plate on the back. It doesn’t matter to me personally, since I would be getting the black phone anyway. But for people who care about the color of the phone (which is presumably who they’re marketing to when they make these other color phones) this is very annoying. I don’t really see the point of even bothering to make multiple colors when it’s only a little piece of the phone that looks different.

      Also, what happened to the good old days when every phone was sold in five or six different colors? Remember the Sidekick ID, the BlackBerry Pearl and the Motorola RAZR? You could get those RAZRs in every color of the rainbow and then some…

  • Anonymous

    A 2nd Spec Sheet on a 2nd site release here: http://www.letsgomobile.org/en/cellular/2653/samsungt-mobilesidekick4g/ confirms 32GB Memory (unclear f that includes included memory card or if 32 GB is on board PLUS whatever is added via memory card)

    Brand / Type
    Brand Samsung
    Type T-Mobile Sidekick 4G
    Form factor Clamshell sideways
    Color Black
    Network
    Phone Network 3G, EDGE, GPRS, GSM, HSDPA (3G), HSUPA
    Service 850, 900, 1700, 1800, 1900, 2100
    Connectivity
    Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP
    Infrared No
    Wi-Fi (WLAN) Yes
    USB YesMicroUSB v2.0
    Fax / Data Yes
    Display
    Main display Color TFT capacitive touchscreen
    Color display N/A
    Dimensions 3.5 in.
    Resolution 480 x 800 pixels
    External display N/A
    Memory
    Internal memory Yes
    External memory 32GB
    Memory slots 1
    Storage types MicroSD, MicroSDHC
    Basic
    Battery Standard battery, Li-Ion
    Standby time N/A
    Talk time N/A
    Calling
    Vibrate alert Yes
    Photo ID Yes
    Ringtones MP3, WAV
    Camera
    Camera Yes
    Megapixels 3.15 megapixels
    Maximum photo resolution 2048×1536 pixels
    Digital zoom Yesx
    Optical zoom No
    Auto focus Yes
    Flash Yes
    Recording video Yes
    Second (front) camera Yes
    Messaging
    SMS Yes
    MMS Yes
    T9 text function Yes
    E-mail Yes
    Internet browsing Yes
    Entertainment
    FM radio Yes
    Java Yes
    Audio player eAAC, MP3, WAV
    Video player H263, H264, MP4
    Features
    Add ringtones Yes
    Organiser Organiser, Voice memo, Document viewer
    Video call No
    Other features Android OS, v2.2 (Froyo), 1 GHz ARM Cortex-A8 processor, PowerVR SGX540 GPU, Hummingbird, A-GPS, Accelerometer & Proximity sensor, Multi-touch input, Google Search, Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa integration

  • Anonymous

    PhoneScoop just confirmed TETHERING and 1GB on Board memory and 2GB on included memory card.

  • Iweenana

    What I really want to know is how much this thing will cost. I won’t pay more than $250 with a 2/yr contract.

    • Jenspokane

      Just got mine today through tmobile website. it was 399.00 and this weekend it is FREE with new service ;0 woohoooo I got two of them

      • Chelseamikeska

        mine was free

  • Unknown_211995

    Does anyone know when this phone is coming out?

    • Vivian

      it already came out.

  • Koketa-flores16

    i want iht

  • Chika_Swag

    I got this phone. It’s amazing. Mine was only 100 with 2yr contract.

  • Vivian

    is there a way where you can type sideways on the screen? cause mine won’t do it. please help.

  • Joelschmidt

    “The Sidekick 4G will also be the first T-Mobile device to come equipped with DriveSmart,”
    Wrong, the LG Optimus T released in December 2010 was the first T-Mobile device to come equipped with DriveSmart.

  • Iwuvvllew

    OMFG I DIDNT KNO THERE WAS A PURPLE ONE!!!!!! :D AHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Iwuvvllew

    i dont ko what colro to pik…Pink and Black..White And Black..Or Purple And Black????…. :/ Btw Im 15 :D

  • Iwuvvllew

    i dont ko what colro to pik…Pink and Black..White And Black..Or Purple And Black????…. :/ Btw Im 15 :D

  • L Velez Lv

    How come when im typing on my non touch screen keyboard some chatacters like the #3 puts my volume up and the letter s goes to my messages?!