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[News] [Rival] Microsoft "Sidekick" is Dumped by T-Mobile

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] Microsoft "Sidekick" is Dumped by T-Mobile
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 03 Jul 2010 15:53:54 +0100
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T-Mobile Discontinuing Sidekick Sales Starting July 2

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| T-Mobile USA has decided to discontinue 
| sales of the Sidekick family of devices 
| starting on July 2. A T-Mobile 
| spokesperson said to Phone Scoop in an 
| email, "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."


Microsoft Fails to Impress

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| Once again, Microsoft has a product that 
| failed miserably. The Microsoft phone 
| "KIN" has already been pulled from the US 
| market, and will not be making its 
| European launch as had been planned. The 
| reality here is that Microsoft's only 
| money maker is Office. Windows sells well 
| only because of its being pre-installed on 
| most PCs. Linux would likely do just as 
| well were MS Office available for it. 
| Likewise, if people did some research and 
| found out that iWork and MS Office were 
| available on Macintosh machines, I am 
| willing to bet that Mac sales would 
| escalate even higher. This isn't the first 
| Microsoft product to fall flat on its face 
| (the KIN sold, by some reports, only 500 
| devices).
| KIN, Vista, ME, Bob, Zune, CE (never 
| garnered more than 5% of the market), XP 
| Tablet Edition



Microsoft's Sidekick restoration turns into farce

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| Microsoft played spot the difference over the
| weekend with statements on Saturday and Sunday
| that hinted at âsteady progressâ for the
| recovery of data its Danger subsidiary lost for
| many Sidekick customers.
| [...]
| The fallout was huge and Microsoft scurried to
| paint a more optimistic picture for Dangerâs
| unhappy customers, at the same time some punters
| threatened legal action against Redmond and T-
| Mobile.


Document: Microsoft, T-Mobile sued over Sidekick data outage

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| Here's a copy of one (PDF, 21 pages), filed on
| behalf of Maureen Thompson, a Georgia resident who
| experienced a "complete and catastrophic loss of
| all data on her daughter's Sidekick." The suit
| claims that the architecture of Danger's Sidekick
| data system contributed significantly to the
| problem.


Sidekick users share their horror stories

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| Now it seems that all my information may be lost for good. It's
| infuriating. Especially when they could have been more precise in
| their text messages and let us users know what actions may be damaging
| to the livelihood of our stored data!!
| I hope you continue to investigate this issue. And I am keeping my
| ears open for any legal action being taken against T-mobile/MS/Danger
| for this horrible oversight.

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