At a press breakfast event on Thursday, T-Mobile USA CEO Philipp Humm confirmed the Sidekick would be returning to the carrier, in 4G HSPA+ form. Also confirmed to be coming was another HSPA+ device already leaked all over the Web and previously called T-Mobile Vibrant 4G Plus: the Samsung Galaxy S 4G.
To be clear, the new Galaxy S device won't be called the Vibrant, Vibrant Plus, or anything similar. The company sent out a press release Thursday saying the rather boring Galaxy S 4G name will be official, and the device will be exclusive to T-Mobile. It also noted that the device would be arriving in "the coming weeks" while at the press breakfast they stated that both devices would arrive in 1H2011.
"We will launch as new the Samsung Galaxy S 4G ... and coming soon, will also be a Sidekick 4G. Everybody knows the Sidekick, and we're going to relaunch the Sidekick and bring it as a 4G device, Android based, into the market."
The new devices will be Android-powered. Those who are confused and remember that Microsoft's Danger division were the ones behind the original Sidekick, or Danger Hiptop, need not be concerned. Although the new Sidekick will be Android-powered, T-Mobile, not Microsoft, owns the name, so that explains how it is possible the device will carry Android.
After Microsoft acquired Danger, the brand suffered a major setback when an outage which resulted in unavailability of much of the data for U.S. T-Mobile Sidekick users. It was the end of November before the majority of existing users recovered all their contact, notes, calendar and photo data. T-Mobile discontinued the Sidekick in mid-2010.
T-Mobile was also questioned about a possible T-Mobile iPhone, now that AT&T no longer has exclusivity on the iPhone. The company response was "Ask Apple."
Although T-Mobile and AT&T both use GSM as the technology behind their networks, the 3G frequencies used by the companies differ, and Apple would need to make some adjustments for the iPhone to work on the T-Mobile network. That said, the adjustments necessary would be far less than what Apple already had to do for the Verizon, or CDMA iPhone.