Danger Sidekicks Getting Literally Kicked

Before smartphones became all the rage, the hip way to access your email and IM your friends was through a Sidekick device. Those days, however, are now numbered. T-Mobile has announced that it’s killing Danger. And no, they’re not referring to the guy who has Danger as his middle name.

If you happen to have a Sidekick that’s running on the Danger operating system, you will only have wireless data access until May 31 of this year. After that, it’s pretty much just a regular messaging phone with a QWERTY keyboard.

Thankfully, T-Mobile is trying to make for a smooth transition:

To ensure the best possible transition for our loyal Sidekick customers, an enhanced Web tool is available on myT-Mobile.com to easily export their personal data, including contacts, photos, calendar, notes, to-do lists, and bookmarks, from the Danger service to a new device, computer, or a designated e-mail account. An application is also available in the Sidekick Catalog to make it easy to export personal data to the Sidekick’s memory card. Many T-Mobile stores can transfer data from that card to a new T-Mobile device if the customer brings in the memory card and Sidekick.

Considering that Danger is a subsidiary of Microsoft now, I’m almost inclined to believe that they’re trying to shift you away from a Danger Sidekick and toward a Windows Phone 7 device… how convenient.


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  1. Haz says:

    Danger has been a subsidiary of Microsoft for many years now.

    Remember in October 2009, when Microsoft erased the data of all its Sidekick phone users? Microsoft kept no backup.

    So this is what happens to customers who buy a phone that runs on a Microsoft platform. After the phone has flopped (which Microsoft phones always do), then Microsoft switches off all the services to that phone. Only a few weeks ago, Microsoft switched off the services to users of its Kin phones.

    So now we know, that if Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 flops (which it already has), then it’s only a matter of time before Microsoft switches its services off.

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