T-Mobile announces Sidekick iD--a phone for Britney Spears' sister

T-Mobile announces Sidekick iD, a watered-down version of the Sidekick 3 at a more affordable price.

T-Mobile Sidekick iD
T-Mobile Sidekick iD T-Mobile

Ahh, I can just hear all the tweeners now asking mommy and daddy for this new phone. Yes, today T-Mobile introduced the new T-Mobile Sidekick iD, a watered-down and more affordable version of the Sidekick 3. The Sidekick iD features a customizable exterior to match your "style, mood, or that evening's outfit," and strips out the 1.3-megapixel camera, music player, Bluetooth, and expansion slot found on its bigger brother. Other highlights include:

  • Support for AIM, Yahoo, and Windows Live instant messaging clients, e-mail, and a full HTML Web browser
  • Exchangeable bumpers in black, yellow, blue, white, purple, and glow-in-the-dark (oooooo)
  • A 2.4-inch, 65,000-color swivel screen, full QWERTY keyboard, and trackball navigator
  • Support for myFaves
  • Rated talk-time battery life of 5.3 hours and up to 6 days of standby time

T-Mobile Sidekick iD
For the tweeners T-Mobile

With this kind of barebones feature set, the device is obviously aimed at an even younger crowd than the Sidekick 3--you know, for the Jamie Lynn Spears and Ali Lohan's of the world. We'll be getting our hands on one early next week, so stay tuned for a review. If you want one of your own, the T-Mobile Sidekick iD will be available in stores and online starting April 25 and will go for $99 with a two-year contract and after rebates.

About the author

Bonnie Cha was a former chief correspondent for CNET Crave, covering every kind of tech toy imaginable (with a special obsession for robots and Star Wars-related stuff). When she's not scoping out stories, you can find her checking out live music or surfing in the chilly waters of Northern California.


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