T-Mobile USA have announced that they've once again started selling Sidekick handsets, having taken the messaging-centric devices off the market during significant data outages last month. Both the Sidekick LX 2009 and the Sidekick 2008 will be available, each with new pricing: $149.99 for the former and $49.99 for the latter, assuming a new, two-year agreement.
After admitting that they could have lost every scrap of Sidekick users' online data, T-Mobile USA are now following up on their promise of "additional measures" to make it up to affected customers. The carrier is now more hopeful of restoring lost data than it was at the weekend - when it described the likelihood of recovery as "extremely low" - but any user facing a loss will automatically get a $100 T-Mobile gift card.
It's been a weekend of pain for Sidekick owners, with last week's data outage ironically only the first step in an escalating catalog of mis-management by Microsoft, T-Mobile USA and the Danger team. On Saturday, an official statement was posted to the T-Mobile Sidekick forum, advising users that personal data stored on their servers and not on the handset itself "has almost certainly been lost", together with the ominous advice that Sidekick handsets shouldn't be turned off, run down or reset.
Check out the official statement after the cut
Got a Sidekick LX 2009? Find it crashes, freezes, locks-up and generally misbehaves? Salvation could well be at hand, as a rumored OTA (over-the-air) update is in the offing; according to Hiptop3's sources, the new firmware is currently being trialled by a small group of beta-testers, before the code is released to LX 2009 owners en masse.
Another day, another phone roundup, so let's dive right into it, shall we? First up, is the latest in the land of the iPhone. It seems a new rumor is floating around about an iPhone with a unibody and one with nano-like color options, which we're pretty excited about if it turns out to be true at WWDC09 this year.
T-Mobile have released the Sidekick LX 2009, the latest version of the popular messaging handset. The first of the range to support 3G, as we found in our review the Sidekick LX 2009 offers an incredible screen, GPS and a decent nod toward the latest social networking fashions with MySpace, Facebook and Twitter clients.
We've had some much-anticipated and long-awaited gadgets land at SlashGear this week, so we've gone overboard with unboxing videos and hands-on galleries. The Verizon MiFi 2200 only had its official announcement earlier this week, but we've been waiting for the Novatel EVDO-hotspot for so long you must forgive us some excitement. Meanwhile the Vodafone HTC Magic has the honor of being only the second Android phone to the market, while the Tonium Pacemaker manages to offer something unique in a sea of PMPs.
Talk about messaging phones and you'll inevitably get to the Sidekick. T-Mobile's screen-flipping feature-phone has a history of offering smartphone style push email, web access and social networking with a straightforward UI; now there's a new addition to the family tree, in the shape of the Sidekick LX 2009. The simple name-change over last year's model hides a number of improvements, however, not least a stunning display, 3G and GPS. Are they enough to maintain the Sidekick reputation, or has the feature-phone crown been snatched away? SlashGear set to finding out.
A leaked list of T-Mobile USA release dates has emerged, seemingly confirming that the carrier will launch the Sidekick 2009 "Blade" on May 13th. The list also suggests that the HTC Touch Pro2 will arrive on July 22nd, together with a clutch of pre- and postpay Samsung handsets across Q3 2009.