T-Mobile Sidekick III: Paris Hilton beware

It seems like mobile phone companies can't keep a secret, no matter how hard they try. The latest product to be leaked is the T-Mobile Sidekick III

Yesterday a blogger posted an exclusive picture of what appears to be the new T-Mobile Sidekick 3. According to these images, the third version of the chunky mobile phone with QWERTY keyboard is similar to the Sidekick II , but it's now sporting a new black section on the front, and a button on the right-hand side that looks like a track ball.

The Sidekick III may or may not make it to the UK. The  Sidekick II wasn't as big a hit here as it was in the US, where it was helped along by all the publicity when Paris Hilton lost hers, much to the fury of her posh mates who started getting abusive phone calls from total strangers. Details of her contact and personal notes were leaked on to the Internet as quickly as this photo of the Sidekick III has been. Paris may now be wary of committing her life to a little electronic sidekick, but for rest of us, whose contact lists and personal notes are probably too boring to post on the Web, it may still be an attractive option.

We've had no word this morning from the UK T-Mobile office, but our guess is that this phone won't be hitting shops anytime soon. T-Mobile, however, is doing interesting things with HSDPA in the UK (super 3G, or 3.5G to the uninitiated), and we're looking forward to seeing what materialises from that. -AL

Update: We now have a full review of the T-Mobile Sidekick III live in our reviews channel.


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