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The discontinuation was mainly because the Hiptop is a competitor to Rogers' Black Berry business.
In Germany, the Hiptop service was also offered from 2003 by E-Plus which included a flat rate tariff.
The original Hiptop hardware was designed by Danger and manufactured by Flextronics.
The Hiptop II, 3, Sidekick i D, Sidekick 2008 and Sidekick LX (2009) are all manufactured by Sharp Corporation in Japan and designed, respectively, by Danger and then Danger in partnership with Sharp.
Along the top edge of the phone bezel is an infrared transceiver.
The line-by-line scrolling feature is notable to the Hiptop brand of products and is not a feature of most other multi-function cell phones.
All versions of the Hiptop were developed in close partnership with T-Mobile, although carrier-specific features were either removed or added for each carrier, such as the addition of MMS for Sun Com and Telstra Hiptop 2 users, where the feature was not available on T-Mobile USA devices until the Sidekick LX in 2007.
The Hiptop/Sidekick became incredibly popular in the U. and has been considered to be iconic in the mobile devices market.
All the units, from the beginning, have featured "Menu", "Back", "Jump" and other keys accessible even when the unit was closed.
The Hiptop also featured a speaker which is used for device sounds but not telephone.