T-Mobile Sidekick 4G

Sidekick 4G gets retired while T-Mobile hints at another in the future

Remember the T-Mobile Sidekick and all those cool people that had one? Well T-Mobile released another one last year called the Sidekick 4G that surely almost no one bought. While I still have a special love for the Sidekick, in this day and age of smartphones it's a dying breed. Sadly we have now learned the latest model, the Sidekick 4G has been retired by T-Mobile and is no more.

Details on T-Mobile “Insomnia Sale” with free Sidekick 4G and G2

According to T-Mobile and their twitter account we have just got the details on the Insomnia Sale, or after-hours sale they have been talking about. They will be selling some of their hottest summer devices at extremely low prices, or in this case free for those that stay up late with them and can get in on the action. Here is the official tweet. It is tonight, May 25th so don't waste any time.

Samsung Exhibit 4G Leaks June 8 Date

Take a fancy little look at the slightly lower than high-range device soon to be released on T-Mobile. It's an Android based Samsung handset with codename "Hawk" and a propensity to speed along at 1GHz and 21 Mbps HSPA+. It's got a body that looks very similar to the recently released Samsung Gem," has a VGA camera on the front and a 3 megapixel camera on the back with flash, and it costs a whole lotto money: $325 dollars USD.

T-Mobile Sidekick 4G root already discovered

The T-Mobile Sidekick 4G has only been on sale since Wednesday, but that hasn't slowed down the rooting masters at xda-developers. They've already come up with a root for the messaging-centric smartphone, opening the door to custom ROMs and other juicy hacks. The root is the handiwork of "josby", but according to other xda members there are several ways to hack the Sidekick 4G. Next up is stripping away some of the preinstalled apps T-Mobile load onto the handset, which may give it an extra turn of speed. We found the Sidekick to be something of a unique proposition among Android devices, doing a darn good job of following in the footsteps of its unusual predecessors and differentiating itself for a pretty specific market. More on the Sidekick 4G in the full Android Community review. [Thanks Kenny!]
1) enable debug USB mode on your phone 2) install Samsung drivers for the phone - right now Samsung's site seems to not have a choice for the Sidekick 4G's model (SGH-T839), but I grabbed the drivers for the Vibrant (at www .samsung.com/us/support/downloads/SGH-T959ZKDTMB) and they worked. 3) get adb shell working on your PC (Google it) 4) download the rageagainstthecage-arm5.bin and Superuser packages from the links in this page: wiki.cyanogenmod.com/index.php?title=HTC_Hero_%28CDMA%29:_Full_Update_G uide (be sure to unzip the files into the directory where your adb.exe program is unless you've put it in your path) 5) reboot your phone and plug it in 6) adb push rageagainstthecage-arm5.bin /data/local/tmp 7) adb shell 8) cd /data/local/tmp 9) chmod 755 rageagainstthecage-arm5.bin 10) ./rageagainstthecage-arm5.bin 11) wait until you get booted back out to your DOS command prompt 12) adb kill-server 13) adb start-server 14) adb shell 15) you should now be at a # prompt. The first few times I tried, I wasn't - I was at $. Doing this from a fresh boot seemed to be the trick. Reboot your phone and try again if you're getting a $. 16) mount -o remount,rw /dev/block/stl9 /system 17) exit 18) adb push su /system/xbin 19) adb shell chmod 4755 /system/xbin/su 20) adb push Superuser.apk /system/app 21) adb shell mount -o remount,ro /dev/block/stl9 /system 22) exit 23) reboot the phone then run an app that requests root, such as Root Explorer, to verify

T-Mobiles big day, G-Slate, G2x, and Sidekick 4G all for sale today

Wow, talk about a lot of exciting products all launching at the same time. Usually carriers do one thing at a time. Looks like T-Mobile isn't wasting any time trying to be the best even though they might become AT&T-Mobile. Today being April 20th, you can now purchase in-store the LG G-Slate, the LG G2x, and the Sidekick 4G. We have reviewed them all this week, so you'll want to see those for sure.

T-Mobile Sidekick 4G Review

It's electric! The following is a journey through T-Mobile's newest Sidekick effort - a project that's produced a device that's no less than a hipster masterpiece, one that'll make all your oddly fashioned cloth wearing friends say "uh, I don't want to sound like a newb or anything, but that phone looks like it's totally amazing, and I have no idea why I don't already have it." That's right - this is the phone that all the art students who live on the South side of Minneapolis will want to be grabbing asap lest they miss the pink bus - aka they're going to want to get the one I've got here, the white and pink edition. So cute!

T-Mobile G2x 8 megapixel Photo and 1080p Video Examples

You may have noticed that there's a bit of spreading out going on here with this T-Mobile G2x unit we've got here on Android Community. What's going on here is that we're taking a new approach since this is such a flagship device and we're putting a little bit more time into each test and example. Sometime in the next couple of days there'll be one comprehensive review post, but for now, bits everywhere! What this post consists of is a few photo examples and one 1080p video. Spoiler: they look pretty nice.

G2x Speed Tests [Around the City] [Sidekick 4G too!]

Last time I did some speed tests on a phone there was a bit of an argument over the fact that the targeted city was across the country. So you know what I did? Exactly what I should have been doing the whole time with Speed Test, a service that notes in their Q and A section that their GPS system isn't perfect, I drove around the city getting different tests. Not only did I do this on the G2x, but I did an extended test for the Sidekick 4G, the phone that I last got Speed Tests on. What you're going to find is that there's not much difference in T-Mobile's "4G" service anywhere you go around Minneapolis and Saint Paul Minnesota.

T-Mobile G2x vs HTC ThunderBolt vs ATRIX 4G vs Sidekick [Physical Comparisons]

We had an extra 5 minutes today, believe it or not, so a few photos were indeed fired off. What transpired here was a comparison photo shoot (with a few specs below too, if you'd like,) that compared the T-Mobile G2x to the Sidekick (just for fun,) then to the HTC ThunderBolt and the AT&T ATRIX 4G. Would you like to know which one is the thickest? It's the Sidekick - spoiler! Would you like to know which one looks the most awesome? That's something you're going to have to decide for yourself. This is an odd assortment you're not going to find anywhere else - I guarantee it.

T-Mobile Sidekick 4G Speed Tests

We've got the brand spanking new T-Mobile Sidekick 4G in, the pink one, not that that makes any difference (it totally does!) and we're ramping up with tests galore. The first one we've got here for you is the basic speed test, testing ping, upload, and download speeds based on location with T-Mobile's 4G network. The place we're testing at is Saint Paul, Minnesota, if you want to know - speedy enough for you?
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