T-Mobile has been offering the monochrome version, which it calls the Sidekick, since last year. In addition to the switch to a transflective color screen, the new model offers twice as much memory and a faster processor. However, the general shape of the device is unchanged. Like the previous one, the color version’s 240 by 160 pixel screen will pivot aside to reveal a small keyboard.
The hiptop is primarily a wireless communication device. It offers Web surfing, email, instant messenging, and a mobile phone. It uses T-Mobile’s GSM/GPRS networks, allowing it to access the Internet at up to 144 kbps, under ideal conditions. In addition, it has a calendar, address book, and to do list.
The Sidekick costs $300 and reportedly there will be an upgrade program for people who have a monochrome model. However, details of this are not yet available.
T-Mobile has bowed to customer requests and created a Data-Only plan for $30 with an additional 20 cents per minute for voice. Or people can sign up for any T-Mobile voice plan and get unlimited data for an additional $20 a month.
The hiptop isn’t the only wireless handheld to make the switch to color. Recently, Research in Motion introduced its first color BlackBerry and Palm replaced the monochrome i705 with the Tungsten W earlier this year.