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.