Bad news for Sidekick users on T-Mobile's airwaves in the United States come from their wireless carrier, as the Danger service they are currently benefiting from will be shut down as of May 31st, 2011.The mobile phone carrier has already announced the move to users, and informed them that it is working on providing them with various offers to ensure a seamless transition from their current devices to new ones.
For those out of the loop, we should note that Danger is now a Microsoft subsidiary, and that they already delivered new devices on the market, the KIN smartphones.
The Redmond-based software giant maintained the service alive for the past three years or so, but it seems that it is now considering bringing it down.
“After May 31, 2011, the Danger Service (a subsidiary of Microsoft) used by T-Mobile Sidekick customers for data services will no longer be available on Sidekick devices,” T-Mobile announced (via Engadget).
“T-Mobile will provide offers for our Sidekick customers before May 31, 2011, to help make an easy transition from their existing Sidekick device to a new device. We will have more information to share about these offers with our customers in the weeks ahead.”
The wireless carrier is set to offer a set of web tools and an application that would ensure an easy and fast transition to all Sidekick users. All the necessary info on this utility can be found on myT-Mobile.com, the carrier announced.
“To ensure the best possible transition for our loyal Sidekick customers, an enhanced Web tool is available on myT-Mobile.com to easily export their personal data, including contacts, photos, calendar, notes, to-do lists, and bookmarks, from the Danger service to a new device, computer, or a designated e-mail account,” T-Mobile explains.
“An application is also available in the Sidekick Catalog to make it easy to export personal data to the Sidekick's memory card. Many T-Mobile stores can transfer data from that card to a new T-Mobile device if the customer brings in the memory card and Sidekick.”
The announcement follows shortly after T-Mobile announced the upcoming availability of a Sidekick 4G device on its airwaves, one that would be powered by Google's Android operating system.