T-Mobile Extends Samsung Discount Offer To Sidekick Customers

Feeling a little blue about the lack of Sidekick 4G details as of late? Well T-Mobile hears you and wants you to know they are aware of this, especially for current Sidekick customers who are facing a shutdown to their services. T-Mobile is currently offering current Sidekick customers an opportunity to upgrade to newer Samsung equipment at a 50% discount. While this offer was originally available till April 5, 2011, it has since been extended to April 19th, 2011. Unfortunately this offer can’t be used on a device that isn’t offered and is quite possibly the first device Sidekick users would choose to remain on T-Mobile with.

Sidekick customers are currently set as upgrade eligible until May 31st and yet it’s interesting that the timeframe with which customers can upgrade and the timeframe of the Samsung 50% discount offer aren’t running concurrently. I digress to not understand that, one would think that they would run concurrently in order to help properly transition customers affected by this change. Then again, customers receiving the notification letters should make preparations to abandon the Sidekick platform as soon as possible.

Either way, the Sidekick 4G is a hotly anticipated T-Mobile device and we wonder what is causing T-Mobile to not release details. Teasers, videos, something, anything other than a sign up page would be really great right now. Until then, we’ll try and fill the void as best as we can and look to uncover any details we can find regarding a release date and price. Stay tuned!

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  • Xtiannena

    The new sidekick will have Android yay but its slides ugh I hated it the sk slide .. which it was like the lx

  • Xtiannena

    The new sidekick will have Android yay but its slides ugh I hated it the sk slide .. wish it has the same hardware as the lx

  • http://twitter.com/JDean86 James

    I’m looking forward to new sidekick news. I want a high powered superphone with a hardware qwerty. The G2 was allllmmmmooossssst it for me but I want a bit better before I plunk down $600.

  • The Riddler

    New devices always launch on Wednesdays, and the offer ends on a Tuesday. Coincidence? I think not. My bet is the new Sidekick will launch on April 20th.

  • trickinit

    The 50% off Samsung promo is a completely separate offer. All customers (with an upgrade) get the 50% off, but only on the Smiley, Gravity 3, and Gravity T. The only thing special about this is that customers with Sidekicks are all automatically upgrade eligible, meaning they can also take part in the Samsung promo.

  • Tgjr

    Suck. Either way T-MO gets more money. No more $20 data plan for sidekick users. Now we have to pay $30 for data and $15+ for text.

    • Anonymous

      Its 10 for text…and also there’s a promo plan for 20 for data.

      • Dragonman3000

        I thought $10 data plan is 200mb of data?

    • rg

      Uh, you know they have $10 data plans right now, right? Research before whining.

      • xxSK4LIFExx

        $10 for unlimited data and unlimited text? Please show me where this plan is. Thanks.

    • Ex-SKLX09 User

      I upgraded at the beginning of the year and they let me keep my 20 unlimited data with the mytouch 4g.

  • Ali

    Seriously how many sidekick owners are there left out there? I’m pretty sure the majority of them have switched to Android.

    • Don Dada

      I actually still use my sidekick. This was my first cell and I owned every sidekick except the slide,I.D,& 08. I never wanted to believe the line would end. I guess like a true captain I will ride this ship til it sinks. :-/

      • quikk312

        Yeah I never had the slide, I.D., or the ’08 neither… but had and still have all the other ones that were released. Sidekicks were never a good phone to talk on tho so I switched my SK’s over to a $1 a day sidekick data plan SIM, and kept my pospaid SIM for my blackberry’s and other smartphones. I even one time took my Sidekick sim out and put it in my friends unlocked iPhone 3gs and data all sidekick intros, tmail worked perfectly in that joint which was pretty cool.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DRRKV35AM3WGQCX5QWTNNQMJUA Eric K

    T-Mobile also extends their foot up pay as you go customers rear ends and tells then to bend over, as usual.

  • Anonymous

    I’m gonna be optimistic here and assume that T-Mobile is giving SK owners an opportunity jump ship from Sidekick phones entirely and get something else now while they can. When the SK4G drops there will probably be another deal for those left holding onto that antique device.

    If what trickinit says is true “All customers (with an upgrade) get the 50% off, but only on the Smiley, Gravity 3, and Gravity T” and the Galaxy S is left off the option list then that’s kinda lame.

    I really hope there will be a deal in June as well.

  • Hankrearden67

    So, let me get this straight; I have to give up my Sidekick, BUT, the new Android-based Sidekick is not ready yet. So, I get 50% off some Samsung, so I won’t be able to upgrade when it IS available. So then, no one that would normally buy the Sidekick will. Way to piss off your most loyal customers and ensure the failure of your new product, Tmo! No wonder customers are fleeing in droves. But, at least the strategy of eliminating plans and hiking rates netted them a short term profit. Just what you want to attract a buyer, which appears to have been the goal all along. Goodbye Tmo post paid, hello Virgin Mobile pre-paid!

    • JDraper1

      The reason T-Mobile is extending there Samsung 50% off deal is because the new Sidekick 4G is made by Samsung and it is going to be released before May 31st. You can hold on to your Sidekick until the end of May and before that date hits you will see the new Sidekick come out. Make sure you have all your facts straight next time before you come to the conclusion that people are leaving T-Mobile in droves because of the lack of service to their loyal customers and remember that you will be able to get the new Sidekick 50% off.

      • Anonymous

        “The 50% off Samsung promotion has been extended to April 19th” I wanna believe that the SK4G will be 50% off but where does it say that(Since the phone probably won’t be out on April 19th)?

      • Anonymous

        It would be amazing if they offered the SK4G at 50% off, but seeing as they only offer SELECT Samsung phones for 50%, excluding the Galaxy S, what makes you think they will give current SK owners 50% off the new SK4G?

        Just sayin,….

      • Anonymous

        It would be amazing if they offered the SK4G at 50% off, but seeing as they only offer SELECT Samsung phones for 50%, excluding the Galaxy S, what makes you think they will give current SK owners 50% off the new SK4G?

        Just sayin,….

    • Hankisdumb

      No one is making you do anything. If this rant is what you get out of this article, then you are as bright as your phased out SK.

    • Senor Chang

      HAW HAW HAW… customers are “fleeing in droves” because of the SIDEKICK. LMFAO… ahhh ha… and, oh yeah, somehow, in someway, it’s Tmobile’s fault that MS bought Danger and then shut the servers down and its their fault you all bought a device that relies on a 3rd party for data services. And nevermind that voice and texting are all ok and you can backup your contacts, the only thing you really lose out is web browsing and emails and some obscure market… its the end of the world! Ah!!

      Rant rant rant… mad mad mad… here’s some advice to all you pissy Sidekick users: Don’t buy phones made for kids.

      • xxSK4LIFExx

        Wow, what empathy you have. You obviously know little about the history of the Sidekick, Danger, the DangerOS, etc. The data service provides a lot more than “web browsing and emails”.

      • http://twitter.com/Surrealistwave Surrealistwave

        youre a queer chang, go back to korea with that mentality, you probably work for samsung anyway

      • quikk312

        Trolling must be fun…. I should try it

    • jarjon76

      Nice Drama Queen rant. I tell you, some of you get over dramatic over a freakin’ phone.

  • Karlc

    people still have sidekicks???
    ok, seriously, TMO is coming out with a new SK4G sometime soon and they are not extending this offer to current sidekick users??? that makes no sense and would piss me off too, if i were a SK owner.
    well there it is SK users you have one of two options: upgrade now and save 50% or roll your dice and “hope” that you can fenagel a deal for the new SK4G ( i wouldnt hold my breath).
    Again, pretty crappy that TMO wont let you get a discounted SK4G when it comes out. but then again, no other industry offers a discount for a discontinued product IE: older laptops, TV’s, cars etc……bottom line, if you are looking to get a more modern device, now is the time to do it!!! its not free but 50% off is not bad.
    soooo, sh!t or get off the pot!

    • Senor Chang

      Whats a fenagel? Is that a friendship bagel? Does it taste good?

    • Anonymous

      50% off crappy OLD phones is a buttjob without lube if you ask me,… keep your fking 50% off and let me keep my $20 data plan on an android phone, and we’ll talk,.. if not, iphone and verizon here I come.

      • JAG

        I felt the same way no $20 plan on an android then Iphone here I come. What I failed to to do was call customer care and see what they could do. So if I was staying with T-mobile it was going to be android so G2 was the only suitable option for me. I bought a G2 myself for $250 then aksed what my options were now I have a Android phone and I pay $10 cheaper then when I had the Sidekick = Good Job T-Mobile !

      • Guest

        Yeah, the discount only applies to people wanting the samsung gravity 3, the samsung T, and the samsung smiley right?

    • Anonymous

      50% off crappy OLD phones is a buttjob without lube if you ask me,… keep your fking 50% off and let me keep my $20 data plan on an android phone, and we’ll talk,.. if not, iphone and verizon here I come.

  • Anonymous

    April 17th 2009 T-Mobile announced the last Sidekick the LX 2009.

    May 13th 2009 it was released.

    The vast majority of Sidekick owners will already be due for an upgrade by the time the new one drops

    If you are a SK owner on contract for less than 22 months that please raise your hand.

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    great offer i would say…

  • Manusferrera

    Y not just wait for the new sidekick and let them upgrade to it.

    • guest

      Because they’re idiots and they’re not into taking the logical approach to things. Which is why they had such an awful Q4 last year and why rumors of a merger with Sprint are re-surfacing.

    • guest

      Because they’re idiots and they’re not into taking the logical approach to things. Which is why they had such an awful Q4 last year and why rumors of a merger with Sprint are re-surfacing.

  • justmee

    For some reason I have this feeling that Samsung won’t be the only one with Sidekick. I would like to think that HTC is the one that comes out with the next Sidekick in few months or so.

    • http://twitter.com/Surrealistwave Surrealistwave

      you better pray to god that happens, imo, it should have been HTC or Motorola in the first damn place

    • http://twitter.com/Surrealistwave Surrealistwave

      you better pray to god that happens, imo, it should have been HTC or Motorola in the first damn place

  • justmee

    For some reason I have this feeling that Samsung won’t be the only one with Sidekick. I would like to think that HTC is the one that comes out with the next Sidekick in few months or so.

  • http://twitter.com/Surrealistwave Surrealistwave

    bullsh!t, t mobile, for real, this is how you treat your most loyal customers, mind you we went through hell and back with the outage and still stuck with them. then this year t mobile and micosoft reached a settlement with those who sued, which resulted in crappy ass items in the download catolog and a few days later i hear this about them shutting down the danger platform? damn, i love t mobile, but how this epic saga went down wasnt right. since im on the prepaid sk plan, guess ima have to activate my Nexus One or leave Tmo and switch to the Optimus V on Virgin Mobile. oh and im not switching until after may 31, i will be the last holdout!!!!!!!!!!!!!! lol

    • quikk312

      That Nexus One is sickkkk!!! I still want that phone. Yeah imma still stick wit TMO on my main line which is a blackberry storm 2 (unlocked lol), but my sidekick line ($1 a day prepaid) I may let it go after 5/31 and grab me a secondary android on Virgin Mobile $25 month Unlimited data/text and even 300 mins… WOW!! Thats killin my sidekick plan which still charges 15cents a min to talk on and 25cents to send pics (I avoid that just by emailing mms instead). Imma sure miss that TMAIL tho…. I got too much action and business flowing through that account. Im willing to pay up to $5 a month to keep my Tmail. Seriously!!

  • http://twitter.com/Surrealistwave Surrealistwave

    bullsh!t, t mobile, for real, this is how you treat your most loyal customers, mind you we went through hell and back with the outage and still stuck with them. then this year t mobile and micosoft reached a settlement with those who sued, which resulted in crappy ass items in the download catolog and a few days later i hear this about them shutting down the danger platform? damn, i love t mobile, but how this epic saga went down wasnt right. since im on the prepaid sk plan, guess ima have to activate my Nexus One or leave Tmo and switch to the Optimus V on Virgin Mobile. oh and im not switching until after may 31, i will be the last holdout!!!!!!!!!!!!!! lol

  • JessieJ

    This all means nothing. I read a review of the AXIS mobile router tether to an iphone by BGR. They were recording 4M+ speeds. On ATT 3g.

    The TMO stick was a sucky 2-3M. What a shocker. David tells it like it is. He writes a Tmobile Blog but ownes an Iphone. HELLLO CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • AlSharpton

    Tell me about it. I am waiting for my G2 upgrade. The phone blows for POP email. You cant even empty the trash.

    Slow as honey dripping over Carly’s belly. But that would be a good thing. 1.5M. Redick.

  • quikk312

    Same here!! I been a Sidekick fan since my freshman year in HS. I first had the V100 from Voicestream which was like a 2way phone sidekick before the sidekick. Then I had got the Sidekick 1 color, Sidekick 2, Sidekick 3 D-Wade, Sidekick LX (blue), Sidekick LX Tony Hawk, and Sidekick LX ’09 (carbon) which i’m using now and still looks brand new lol. I have the $1 a day sidekick plan for 3 years now since switching my SK’s over from postpaid… and I actually was getting FREE data, web, IM, email, (except text) with just a 0.04 cent balance from 12/2009 all the way up to the middle of 1/2011. I just made sure I loaded up atleast $10 every 90 days to keep my account/phone number. BUT… T-Mobile, I guess they finally fixed that glitched LMAO!! I was always switching back in forth from my Tony Hawk & Carbon SK’s depending on what I was wearing but one day in January of this year I took my SIM out the Hawk to put back in my ’09 LX and that “data service unavailable need to purchase refill your account” popped up on the screen I WAS JUST CRUSHED but it was mad funny tho because I went 13 months with free data.

    Hahahahaa gotta thank the complications of a GSM network, Microsoft, Danger, and T-Mobile’s seasonal round of f*ckin up and inheriting glitch problems!! LMFAOOO

  • quikk312

    Same here!! I been a Sidekick fan since my freshman year in HS. I first had the V100 from Voicestream which was like a 2way phone sidekick before the sidekick. Then I had got the Sidekick 1 color, Sidekick 2, Sidekick 3 D-Wade, Sidekick LX (blue), Sidekick LX Tony Hawk, and Sidekick LX ’09 (carbon) which i’m using now and still looks brand new lol. I have the $1 a day sidekick plan for 3 years now since switching my SK’s over from postpaid… and I actually was getting FREE data, web, IM, email, (except text) with just a 0.04 cent balance from 12/2009 all the way up to the middle of 1/2011. I just made sure I loaded up atleast $10 every 90 days to keep my account/phone number. BUT… T-Mobile, I guess they finally fixed that glitched LMAO!! I was always switching back in forth from my Tony Hawk & Carbon SK’s depending on what I was wearing but one day in January of this year I took my SIM out the Hawk to put back in my ’09 LX and that “data service unavailable need to purchase refill your account” popped up on the screen I WAS JUST CRUSHED but it was mad funny tho because I went 13 months with free data.

    Hahahahaa gotta thank the complications of a GSM network, Microsoft, Danger, and T-Mobile’s seasonal round of f*ckin up and inheriting glitch problems!! LMFAOOO

  • @j_nathaniel

    Oh my…

    People still use Sidekicks?! Are they being offered the counseling they need as well?

    • pantlesspenguin

      Sidekicks are still very popular in the deaf community. No counseling needed, except for maybe for you for being so judgemental w/o warrant.

      • None

        Why are they popular in the deaf community? (Real Question) I have read that twice now and I am curious.

        • remixfa

          Because the sidekicks have a special “text only” plan that those without hearing took advantage of. I beleive it was the only plan of its kind for that kind of phone on any carrier.

        • AberdeenWoods

          The Sidekick became the device of choice after AT&T/Cingular killed off the Ogo – which was a email/text only device that you could purchase for about $40, and it cost $17.99 a month for unlimited text and email (we are talking ancient history here, the Ogo was shut down long before phones surfed the ‘net)….there was no phone capability – hence, the attraction in the deaf / hard of hearing community.

    • chazlyn

      @j_nathaniel…..HAHA. I’m a current sidekick user and your post cracked me up! I feel like a dinosaur with this sidekick. Cannot wait to upgrade to a smartphone! However, I didn’t know about the Deaf community using the sidekicks. Hopefully T-mobile will offer them another device with a text-only option!

  • elbonix

    TMO never created the Side kick outage it was microsoft the crashed the server not tmo get the facts straight tmo stood by any customer and gave then free months as well as free downloads and are offering really good discounts to all sk users the only thing i would say it a little dumb is why so vague when it come to details on the android Sidekick 4g it should be avaible now so curret users can upgrade to it before the shut down but other than that i have no problem with the way TMO handled the whole situation

    • quikk312

      I hope T-Mo is paying u well to kiss a$$ like that… geeeshh

  • Anonymous

    vipshopper.us

  • rebot4

    What happens to those who had the prepaid Sidekick plan? Are they eligible for the discount offer as well?

  • Anonymous

    I bought the 2nd Sidekick sold in Palo Alto, across the street from Danger HQ. The G1 is what I have currently, because there’s nothing else with at least 2.2 and a 5-row keyboard. Let’s hope the new A-SK has a good enough keyboard; otherwise I guess I’ll try out some of the prepaids on Virgin or MetroPCS.

  • Bethanyalyse01

    i’m so confused here. tmobile sent me a letter because i’m a sidekick data plan user. i know my data services are going to get shut off but i dont understand if they are offering a deal on the new sidekick(and other samsung phones) or not the new sidekick and just all other phones. because it says you have to upgrade by this date and it doesnt say the exact date the new sidekick will come out?

    • guest

      Not sure the date that it is coming out but they have extended the upgrade date to May 31st. I am sure that they arent going to offer the new SK at 50% off but the best thing to do would be to not upgrade until it came out and then go to RadiShack who will give you the best deal on the phone. I NEVER buy my Tmo phones from them directly because the pricing sucks. I got my G2 for 49.99 w/no mail in rebate at Radioshack andddd they offer a 30 day return policy versus Tmo and their 14day.. This way you can get the phone and if you dont like it, you can exchange for another phone. Hope this helps.

  • Bbyj22

    4/20 for the Samsung Sidekick.