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Thread: Shouldn't we be able to make Sharp retool our sidekicks?

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    Shouldn't we be able to make Sharp retool our sidekicks?

    So its a little known fact that after Danger was bought by Microsoft and the servers were shut down, there was still quite a bit of Sidekick LX 2009 stock laying around. So Sharp retooled these devices and marketed them as the Sharp Jump or Mobiflip, they were low cost devices that had everything Danger wiped from them, but they could send picture messages and go on the internet, unlike every T-Mobile Sidekick LX 2009 phone.

    Since this retooling is possible, why can't it be possible to retool current T-mobile LX 2009 phones!? There are so many out there without internet capability. This would likely only be possible for the LX 2009, but you should be able to send your phone to Sharp to have it retooled for a fee. If its a simple software fix, Sharp should provide this for free online so you can download it to your sidekick--and this is most likely the case.

    I would just set my sights on finding a PV300GR out there but they're nonexistent several years later. The nostalgia side of me wants to use this phone again, and without internet it just doesn't make sense to bother.

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    At this point, if you're deadset on having a "Sidekick", you'd be better served by finding the very last "Sidekick" T-Mobile released, which was actually an Android phone made by Samsung. Of course, the currently-available LG Optimus Android phone with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard (the only QWERTY-equipped phone T-Mobile offers right now) should be at least a little bit of an upgrade from the 2009 SideKick LX and it runs on the new LTE 4G network.

    Or you could hunt down one of the discontinued Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G phones from 2 years ago, which is what I'm using right now. It's even more powerful than both the LG Optimus and the Samsung-made Android "Sidekick" from about 3 years ago. But it only runs on the HSPA+ 4G network, so you wouldn't be able to take advantage of LTE.

    At any rate, the Danger SideKick/HipTop brand is long-dead and long-buried now. Like it or not, it's time to move on to another option. But at least you have a few options for upgrading to something newer that isn't so dependent on "The Cloud". It was that cloud dependency that ultimately doomed the SideKick.
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