T-Mobile Puts Sidekick Sales On Hold

Following the massive Sidekick data disaster, T-Mobile has halted all sales of the mobile device on its web site and reportedly also in retail stores.

Danger, the company that makes and operates the Sidekick data service, experienced intermittent data problems last week that appear to be the result of a faulty-systems upgrade.

On Saturday, T-Mobile and Microsoft (which owns Danger) issued a statement informing customers that all data not on the local device is almost certainly lost. This includes contacts, calendars and pictures.

The data-disaster has also raised lots of questions about the data security of cloud computing. After all, if a company as large as Microsoft could lose so much important data, what does that say about smaller firms and solutions? T-Mobile says it will release a more concrete statement later today on the causes and potential options for Sidekick customers.

In the meantime, if you have a Sidekick with data that is not backed up elsewhere, be sure not to reset your device or run-down the battery until a new solution for saving your data is implemented.

Should T-Mobile permanently stop selling the Sidekick or is this sort of disaster not worth killing an entire product? Let us know!


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