First Kin, then Sidekick -- Is the Danger Division Well-Named?
Wednesday it was the Microsoft Kin that got the axe. Thursday, it's a much more popular phone that is riding off into the sunset. T-Mobile said all sales of its popular Sidekick QWERTY device will be halted after the close of business today. The move would end a six-year relationship with Danger, who is now owned by Microsoft.
It's not clear whether or not this move has anything to do with the Kin announcement. The Sidekick and Microsoft's social phone are somewhat related: the Kin was developed with the help of the folks from Danger, although it was based on Microsoft's code and not the Danger OS.
With the turmoil in the Danger division, including the fact that most of the original team behind the Sidekick is now gone, and you begin to think that T-Mobiile may have decided this was a good time to get out. It's hard to see how Microsoft comes out with a new Sidekick in the midst of the mess that is its phone division at the moment.
T-Mobile says it is looking at its options going forward for these types of devices, but would continue to support those who stick with the phone despite Thursday's move. It does sound as if the carrier has some hope that a new version of the Sidekick could be launched sometime soon, however.
Let's remember that either model T-Mobile sold is practically ancient in phone terms: the last LX refresh was in May of last year which added 3G (although has been around since 2007), while the other model (the 2008) is over two years old.
Either way, it may be a sad day for those still clinging to what was truly the first widespread data phone for consumers. You had a good life, Mr. Sidekick.