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February 8, 2005

Rumors about Sidekick 3? Read on.

From: T-Mobile USA - Feb 8, 2005

Hello everyone,

Have you received a forwarded email with a picture of a very cool looking device which the email claims to be a Sidekick 3? I've gotten plenty of these the last few days. At first, I thought this was a Sidekick 3 as well. So I did some research and here's what I figured out.

Last week, it was announced that a new Microsoft PDA phone would be released for T-Mobile Germany this summer. It's style resembles that of the Sidekick. Just so there's no confusion, this is definitely not the T-Mobile Sidekick 3 (or any Sidekick device). This is the MDA IV. MDA is a product lineup of Microsoft smart phones sold in Europe. At this time, there is no word of a Sidekick 3 release. My guess is the earliest we would see a new Sidekick would be early 2006.

T-Mobile USA will not carry the MDA IV. It's network standards are designed with European technology in mind. It's possible a similar version could be designed for us. If it does I will be sure to publish an update.

I believe it was a news article written in the United Kingdom that sparked much of the confusion. The link for the article is below. Notice how the title of the article might imply the device was a 'Sidekick 3.' I think I might write a letter to the editor :)

Eric Marks
T-Mobile USA
Phone: 630-627-0800
Fax: 630-627-0482