AT&T launches Sidekick-lookalike Sharp FX

Sharp was the company that manufactured T-Mobile’s Sidekick line of phones. They were also the ones making Microsoft’s Kin One and Kin Two.

Neither of those lines has proven to be a real mass-market success in the USA, but Sharp seem set to adopt the “pick yourself up and try again” philosophy.

Hence, the Sharp FX, just officially unveiled by AT&T.

If you’re having a bit of a deja-vu, fret not – it does actually look very much like a Sidekick. Interesting to see Sharp still having a lot of faith in this design.

This is the first Sharp device to hit AT&T, and if it will be successful I’m sure that the Japanese phone maker will become even more interested in the American market, and perhaps launch a bunch of other models as well.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

Here’s what the Sharp FX will get you, in brief:

  • access to AT&T’s mobile TV service for $10/month
  • 2 Megapixel camera
  • full touchscreen and slide-out QWERTY keyboard
  • Bluetooth 2.1
  • HTML browser
  • AT&T Navigation
  • AT&T social networking software

The Sharp FX will be available in AT&T stores and online starting on July 25th.

It will cost $99.99 for new 2-year contracts after a $50 mail-in rebate.

I wonder if the Sidekick-loving crowd would be willing to give this phone a chance. It does have their beloved form-factor, albeit might require a carrier switch.

Or perhaps they’ve all long moved on to a smartphone or another by now.

Via AT&T

Author: Vlad Bobleanta

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