T-Mobile will be shutting down its Sidekick data servers on May 31st 2011, thus losing the ability to do nothing more than make phone calls. Any cloud-based services and apps will be useless. That said however, T-Mobile will make it easy for sidekick owners to transition into a newer device, and provide the with assistance in backing up any data from the sidekick onto a new device. T-Mobile will give them special offers for new devices as well, but we don’t have any information what those will be exactly yet.
Despite the Sidekick being shutdown, a new Samsung Sidekick 4G running Android will be available. T-Mobile actually launched a Sidekick 4G signup page as well, which makes me think that it’s natural for current T-Mobile sidekick owners to get an offer extended by T-Mobile to move into a new Sidekick 4G, among other offers and discounts no doubt.
After May 31, 2011, the Danger Service (a subsidiary of Microsoft) used by T-Mobile Sidekick customers for data services will no longer be available on Sidekick devices.
T-Mobile will provide offers for our Sidekick customers before May 31, 2011, to help make an easy transition from their existing Sidekick device to a new device. We will have more information to share about these offers with our customers in the weeks ahead.
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.
If you’re a Sidekick user, does this upset you, or is it a great way to get into a new device providing T-Mobile makes the deal sweat, with Android toppings for your Froyo or Gingerbread. Let us know.