T-Mobile has confirmed that they will stop selling the Sidekick line of phones.
The move comes a day after Microsoft announced that KIN will be phased out, in order to focus on Windows Phone 7. These two moves, combined with the phaseout of Windows Mobile Standard, leave Microsoft without a single feature phone offering.
The T-Mobile Sidekick was doomed from the start of Microsoft’s acquisition of Danger. Mobile Vice President Roz Ho intended to leverage Danger’s talent to convert the Windows CE platform into a social media-sharing successor to Sidekick. In an ironic twist, Roz Ho gave orders to cut costs in outsourcing Sidekick data management, which led to the Sidekick’s massive data outage, leaving user Sidekick data missing and temporarily lost.
The death of the Sidekick platform did not help KIN, which media reports peg at having sold less than 500 units across all Verizon retail channels. Microsoft refuses to comment as to if that sales figure is correct.
Sidekick operated under a BSD-based operating system, making future development virtually unacceptable at Microsoft. The open source platform would have required Microsoft to continue offering source code for additional features and services.
As previously reported, Microsoft will roll KIN’s advances, built on Sidekick braintrust, over to Windows Phone 7. It is expected that KIN services, including it’s cloud storage and sharing options, will be available in a future update to Windows Phone 7, after launch.