Entry-Level Sidekick Hits Store Shelves

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After announcing it two weeks ago, T-Mobile USA is now offering the Sidekick iD, the first of this series to debut below $100… sort of.

Sidekick iD
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This device uses the same form-factor as the Sidekick 3, but to lower the cost many of the features of the current Sidekick model have been taken out.

This device can be purchased for $99.99, but that requires the to qualify for several rebates. The base price is $300, but anyone starting a service contract with T-Mobile will receive a $150 instant rebate. If that contract costs $35 a month or more, the consumer qualifies for an additional $50 mail-in rebate.

The iD can be purchased now from T-Mobile’s web site.

An Overview of the Sidekick iD

The T-Mobile Sidekick series has proved to be popular with consumers below the age of about 25, but at $200 for the latest model it’s somewhat expensive for a teenager. That’s why Danger, Inc. — the company behind the Sidekick line — put together an entry-level device.

Unlike T-Mobile’s current Sidekick, the iD doesn’t include a camera or support for EDGE cellular-wireless networking. The reduction in features allows T-Mobile to charge less for this model. The iD isn’t expected to replace the Sidekick 3, but instead it will provide a less expensive alternative.

Unlike previous models in this line, users of this device will be able to easily change its color with replaceable exterior panels.

But like its predecessors, this smartphone will include a built-in keyboard and an emphases on allowing users to exchange email and instant messages (Yahoo!, MSN, or AOL) while on the go.

Sidekick.com offers more information on the iD.

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