Just a day after Microsoft‘s announcement that they and Verizon would discontinue the Kin after just six weeks, T-Mobile is axing their Sidekick LX and Sidekick 2008 phones, effective tomorrow.
Whereas Microsoft at least said that they’d continue to sell their remaining stock of Kin phones in the U.S., T-Mobile is taking an even more drastic tack: They won’t be selling Sidekicks anywhere, be it in stores or online.
As T-Mobile looks to further innovate and raise the bar for the next iteration of the T-Mobile Sidekick, as of July 2, the Sidekick LX and Sidekick 2008 will no longer be available through T-Mobile, including retail stores, care, telesales and online. 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. Stay tuned for exciting updates in the months ahead, which we expect will provide customers with a new and fresh experience.
So the Sidekick line hasn’t been totally killed off, at least not yet: There’s still the vague promise of a “next iteration.” And it’s worth noting that when Microsoft lost massive amounts of Sidekick user data in 2009, the line was pronounced dead, only to bounce back. But these are the current Sidekicks, and there’s not much indication of what’ll come next.
(via Boy Genius Report)
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