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.