Well, let's first clear a few things up with buying a Sidekick.
Right now, from the choices you have, you can only buy a Sidekick LX directly from T-Mobile. Anything other than that would have to be through eBay, and you never really know what you get through eBay.
The Sidekick 2 is probably the worst of them all. The camera is mediocre, and the interface is weak. It's bulky, and the graphics are not the best I have seen on a phone. It's a very slow phone is terms of data connection, and it takes so much longer to load a website on the Sidekick 2 versus the 3 or LX. If you buy one from eBay, expect to pay up to $200, or $300 for a limited edition.
The Sidekick 3 is an improvement, but if one had a Sidekick 2 before, they would have done better to hold out til the LX. The interface is nicer, and look sort of like the iD's. It does have a decent camera, but don't expect to be taking world class photos on it. You probably will find one on eBay for around $150-$200, or up to $300 for a limited edition.
The Sidekick LX is hands down the best of them all right now. The camera is still the same, but the screen is brighter, and bigger. The interface is nice, and more refined, and it's a pretty nice phone. This is the only Sidekick with picture text messaging (MMS) so far, and I have used one and I like it more than my SK3. Expect to pay $299 with a contract when buying it direct from T-Mobile.
When you buy a Sidekick, you are automatically signed up for the Sidekick unlimited services ($20/month with a voice plan, $30/month for data only). These services include Unlimited Text Messaging, Internet browsing, Instant Messaging, and Email Access.
If you are looking for a Data Only plan, it will cost you $30 a month to get the Sidekick Unlimited services. Outgoing calls will be barred, only 911 emergency can work as a call.
If you are looking for a voice plan, expect to pay about $60-$70 per month with myFaves. The base plan for myFaves starts at around $40 per month without taxes. Nights and Weekends are free, as are calls to your favorite five people. With the Sidekick Unlimited Add-on, it will cost you an extra $20 per month.
If you do not want myFaves, you can pick up a basic voice plan, which starts at $30 per month. This includes 300 minutes and unlimited weekends. Once you upgrade to 600 minutes ($40/month) you get unlimited Nights and Weekends. Please do note that these plans do not include myFaves.
Prices for plans depend on how many minutes you need, and what area you live in. The minimum for a myFaves plan is $40, and can go up to $140 depending on how many minutes you want. For basic plans, they start at $30, and can go up to $130. This DOES NOT include Tax or the Sidekick Unlimited service.
So all in all, I think that the Sidekick LX is worth the money. It's new, hip, and very chic. Although the price tag is high, generally a Sidekick takes a bit of time before jumping down $100 in price. My suggestion for you right now if you can wait, is hold off until the Sidekick LX is $199 with a two year contract.
I hope this helps in making your decision~!
t-mobile.com - T-Mobile
ebay.com - Ebay
Sidekick expert and owner.
· 1 decade ago