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Sidekick 3 Launch Plans Announced

On the heels of last night’s celebrity-studded launch party for Sidekick 3, T-Mobile has finally announced a July 10 street-date for the popular communication device. With musical performances by the Futureheads and She Wants Revenge, and a red carpet graced by Snoop Dogg, Mischa Barton, Joaquin Phoenix, Paris Hilton, and other Hollywood heavyweights, the T-Mobile bash built even more buzz around the newest version of the Sidekick. Sidekick 3 is lighter and a bit smaller than its predecessor, and other highlights include integrated Bluetooth technology, an MP3 player (and a memory card slot to store music), EDGE technology for faster downloading on social networking sites like MySpace, a one-megapixel camera, and built-in support for major instant messaging clients like AOL, MSN, and Yahoo.

Existing T-Mobile Sidekick owners can take advantage of an exclusive offer to upgrade their devices to the new model between June 28-29 (click here for details). New customers must wait until July 10.

SK3’s preliminary reviews are in! Here’s what the experts are saying:

“The restyled, music-playing and Bluetooth-enabled Sidekick 3, makes for an impressive (if not quite revolutionary) step forward.” —

“The big improvements? Bluetooth, a memory card slot, a better camera, more memory, a music player, and a trackball. There haven’t been any major changes in the UI (mainly a few tweaks here and there), and you may or may not like the new keyboard (we liked it, but you’ll just have to try it yourself and see), but the biggest disappointment is the display, which is still a paltry 240 x 160 pixels and still looks sorta washed out to our eyes.” —

“What doesn’t it have? A video recorder (yet), GPS, DRM music player (yet), Wi-Fi, FM tuner, and video playback (yet). Otherwise, you have a smaller, lighter Sidekick with great GPRS speeds and an excellent interface.” —

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On the Web:
Sidekick III official site