T-Mobile is hanging up the Sidekick — literally.
The mobile phone provider recently confirmed to CNET that it plans to stop selling the 2 existing Sidekick models.
"As T-Mobile looks to further innovate and raise the bar for the next generation 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," T-Mobile said in a statement.
Current Sidekick customers will still be supported and the company is suggesting that it's not done with the brand. "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," T-Mobile said. "Stay tuned for exciting updates in the months ahead, which we expect will provide customers with a new and fresh experience."
Originally dubbed the Hiptop by Danger and sold under that brand by some other carriers, the Sidekick was among the first devices to combine Web browsing, instant messaging, email, and phone in a single device. The phones drew a loyal following with their flip-open screen, relatively large keyboard and good messaging software. However, the product failed to keep pace with other smartphones and suffered a major blow last year when a massive outage caused customers to lose data.