updated 09:35 am EST, Tue November 17, 2009
Sidekick back on sale with lower price
T-Mobile today restored the Sidekick to its lineup after having pulled it for more than a month after the results of its major data outage. Both the Sidekick 2008 and the newer Sidekick LX 2009 are back on sale and have been price-cut in a bid to renew interest. The LX 2009 has dropped by $25 to $150 on a two-year plan, while the older model now costs just $50 on the same terms.
The carrier had removed both from the lineup as the Sidekick's signature online sync service had been rendered useless at the height of the outage and would have made sales impractical to customers who could no longer protect their contacts. Microsoft is likely to pay or have paid a large amount of compensation to T-Mobile as its lack of a readily available backup for online data may have cost the company as much as $700,000 per day for breaking guarantees of uptime for Sidekick data.