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Another One Bites the Dust: T-Mobile Kills Sidekick

Considerably older than the Kin One and Kin Two, the Sidekick (also known as the Danger! Hiptop) was first introduced in 2002 by Danger!. Danger! was purchased by Microsoft for $500 million in 2008.

T-Mobile yesterday announced that effective today the company will be stopping sales of Sidekicks in all channels. However, it looks like the Sidekick brand will be sticking around; T-Mobile said it has plans to 'further innovate and raise the bar' for the next generation of Sidekicks.

"As T-Mobile looks to further innovate and raise the bar for the next generation of the T-Mobile Sidekick, as of Jul. 2, the Sidekick LX and Sidekick 2008 will no longer be available through T-Mobile, including retail stores, care, telesales and online," the wireless carrier said in a statement.

"While we work on the next chapter of our storied Sidekick franchise, T-Mobile will continue to provide our loyal Sidekick customers with product service and support," T-Mobile said. "Stay tuned for exciting updates in the months ahead, which we expect will provide customers with a new and fresh experience.

Rumor has it the next versions of the messaging phone will be based on Google's Android OS. Moconews cites T-Mobile sources that say the carrier has been working on Android devices for a long time and speculates that the carrier is going to hold onto the Sidekick brand for those phones.

T-Mobile will continue to offer service and support to current Sidekick owner but as of today, both the Sidekick LX (pictured) and Sidekick will no longer be available for purchase.