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T-Mobile has confirmed that it is set to discontinue the Sidekick 4G handset, however the company plans to keep the Sidekick brand alive for future devices. The Android device, which arrived last April, represented the first Sidekick variant to pair the brand's characteristic QWERTY keyboard with a smartphone OS.
Walmart has spoiled some of AT&T's plans by pre-announcing the Sharp FX Plus. The Android phone owes a clear debt to the Sidekick that Sharp once made and has the same concept of a slider where the display, not the body, slides out to reveal a QWERTY keyboard. Sharp keeps it simpler than the Sidekick 4G with a 3.2-inch display, a three-megapixel camera, and a mix of 512MB of internal storage with a bundled 2GB microSD card.
Skype in the immediate aftermath of FTC approval of its deal with Microsoft has fired several executives. Don Albert, Doug Bewsher, Chris Dean, Anne Gillespie, David Gurlé, and Russ Shaw have all either left or had clear intentions to leave. Much of the focus has been on marketing and human resources executives like Albert, Bewsher, and Gillespie, but Shaw was the general manager of Skype's carrier deals and considered instrumental to getting Skype as a mainstay on smartphones.
The FTC on Friday said it had given approval to Microsoft's buyout of Skype. The clearance determined that the deal wouldn't create any significant anti-competitive issues. The filing didn't say whether other agencies had to close the deal, which Microsoft had only said would be approved by the end of 2011.
AT&T is reportedly preparing to launch a new Android-based handset that appears to mimic the Sidekick 4G available through T-Mobile. Although the latest Sidekick is built by Samsung, the model shown in leaked images carries Sharp branding. The device appears to maintain the Sidekick's characteristic QWERTY-slider design.
Google in a low-key move has set up a hardware group dedicated solely to building hardware devices and using some of VP Andy Rubin's former Danger teammates. An
T-Mobile USA warned that its situation was quickly getting worse with more subscriber losses. It shed a total of 99,000 customers in its winter quarter, more than the 77,000 from a year ago and four times the 23,000 it lost in the fall. The absolute drop was pinned on 471,000 contract subscribers exiting due to "competitive pressures."
T-Mobile chose Tuesday to kick off the launch of a unique VoIP calling service. Bobsled lets Facebook owners call each other over VoIP by using Facebook contact information alone instead of separate IDs. The web version of the app can leave voicemail either as a message or on a user's wall; the recipient doesn't need the app loaded in Facebook to answer.
T-Mobile on Thursday set out ship dates and pricing for two of its halo phones for the spring. The G2X flagship is now known to cost $200 after a contract and a $50 rebate and will ship to stores on April 20, with online orders heading out on April 15. The Sidekick 4G was already priced at $100 on a contract but should head out at the same April 20 date as its fellow Android counterpart.
An investigation into Microsoft's high-profile mobile failures has blamed much of the company's poor market share on an endemic culture that resists anything not part of Windows. CEO Steve Ballmer is said to be over-proud and overprotective of the Windows legacy he inherited from Bill Gates. The company's Windows and Office teams often get first say over anything, Forbes was told, and were likened earlier by James Whittaker to a Mafia that killed Courier, Kin, or any project that would threaten Windows' internal hegemony.