Summary: T-Mobile is finally dumping Microsoft’s Sidekick and Apple’s problems receive scrutiny from Ghabuntu
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.”
Without T-Mobile, Sidekick is almost dead.
Zune may be next (all models). Almost nobody buys any and its software is of no use for the “Zune phone” (KIN) anymore.
Separately, Ghabuntu pokes fun at Apple, which is now being sued massively for its defective hypePhones, just like Microsoft was sued for the Sidekick disaster at T-Mobile last year. “A cult called Apple” is what Ghabuntu labels the whole situation, as did we.
For some technical miscalculations, users are unable to get a good cellular reception when the phone is gripped in a certain way. When the complaints got to Steve Jobs, his reply was simply to “either hold it the way I’m showing you or get the case”. Only problem is, the case comes at a damage of $29. Phew.
I have been wondering a lot with all the massive publicity that Apple gets and the range of products it releases whether it is more of a cult than a company. Apple almost always releases completely locked down products with features that other competing products have had long before it and yet you have its users (I’m talking to you fanboys) applauding it incessantly.