T-Mobile confirms Vibrant 4G and Android-based Sidekick

January 20, 2011 | by Andrew Kameka



T-Mobile USA will offer a refresh of two existing phones, one if only in name, to its HSPA+ 4G network. CEO Philipp Humm confirmed today that T-Mobile will offer a 4G-capable version of the Samsung Galaxy S and an Android version of its famed Sidekick device.

Humm stated that both rumored devices will join T-Mobile’s upcoming portfolio of 4G-capable devices. No details about price or availability were disclosed, but this is the first time that T-Mobile has confirmed either device. Humm did not specifically name the Vibrant Plus/4G, but he did say that the network would “launch as new the Samsung Galaxy S 4G,” and the Vibrant 4G has been spotted in recent leaks.

More interesting is the finally-official Sidekick phone that will run Android. This has been rumored for several months. Though Microsoft acquired the company behind the Sidekick and focused its effort on the failed Kin line of phones, T-Mobile retains rights to the Sidekick brand. It was rumored that T-Mobile would resurrect the once popular brand with an Android offering, and we will finally see that at some point this year.

I originally thought the myTouch Slide could have served as that device because it reminded me of the Sidekick in some ways. Now we’ll see how T-Mobile plans to transition Sidekick lovers to Android and a more up-to-date operating system.

[PC Mag]