Ahh, I can just hear all the tweeners now asking mommy and daddy for this new phone. Yes, today T-Mobile introduced the new T-Mobile Sidekick iD, a watered-down and more affordable version of the Sidekick 3. The Sidekick iD features a customizable exterior to match your "style, mood, or that evening's outfit," and strips out the 1.3-megapixel camera, music player, Bluetooth, and expansion slot found on its bigger brother. Other highlights include:
- Support for AIM, Yahoo, and Windows Live instant messaging clients, e-mail, and a full HTML Web browser
- Exchangeable bumpers in black, yellow, blue, white, purple, and glow-in-the-dark (oooooo)
- A 2.4-inch, 65,000-color swivel screen, full QWERTY keyboard, and trackball navigator
- Support for myFaves
- Rated talk-time battery life of 5.3 hours and up to 6 days of standby time
With this kind of barebones feature set, the device is obviously aimed at an even younger crowd than the Sidekick 3--you know, for the Jamie Lynn Spears and Ali Lohan's of the world. We'll be getting our hands on one early next week, so stay tuned for a review. If you want one of your own, the T-Mobile Sidekick iD will be available in stores and online starting April 25 and will go for $99 with a two-year contract and after rebates.