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Activatoin screen I just got my friends old sidekick to use and yeah tonight it just went to this activation screen Even though this phone was purchased months and months ago

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No sidekick data plan will cause that screen to show up every time you start. To bypass, press menu + L buttons at the same time

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Activating old phone


if its working yes if you have a diferent sim card buy a smart card look on the internet if it works on that cell phone

May 08, 2010 | T-Mobile Sidekick ID Cellular Phone

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Unlocked sidekick 3 won't get past "waiting for activation"


Press the top left button and "L" key at the same time to by-pass that screen and allow you to use the regular phone functions.

Sep 19, 2009 | T-Mobile Sidekick® 3 Cellular Phone

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Cant get my sidekick to activate


Let me start by saying I'm not an expert, but after going through a lot of gyrations I came up with a solution that worked for me. I'm sharing it here because I haven't seen a complete concise answer anywhere.
The activation problem with Sidekick Slides is common. Most of the time, people buy a Slide without realizing that you have to purchase a "sidekick plan" from T-Mobile to get it fully activated. These phones were build especially for T-Mobile, so they're designed so that you have to have a Sidekick rate plan first to get the phone activated. By the way, this applies to a new phone as well as a phone that's been activated before, but has been 'hard reset" (where you hold the R button while re-booting.. My advice, DON'T DO THIS! Because you have to re-activate the phone.
However, there's good news for all you non-T-mobile folks who bought a Slide on eBay (or from a friend etc.) only to find it needs activation. Here's the solution. If you search eBay for "sidekick activation" you can find folks selling prepaid activation kits for around $15. They include a sim card and about $10 worth of sidekick prepaid services. Buy the kit, install the sim, and go online to register your phone (registering by phone is a pain with T-Mobile). Online you have 3 plan choices: Pay By The Day, Pay As You Go, and Sidekick. Pick Sidekick, and then provide the requested registration information. When done, your phone should be ready to go and should activate within about 5 - 10 minutes. You'll be charged $1 a day and airtime for calls, so it's not cheap, but at least the phone won't go to the activation screen when you startup.
The next question is, how to unlock the phone for other networks? IF it's not unlocked you will be prompted for special code (this is different than the user-defined password that simply locks the phone against unauthorized users). It won't work on other networks until it's truly unlocked. Again, the trusty folks at eBay can help. I searched for Sidekick Slide Unlock Codes and found numerous vendors, ranging from $6 to $12, who provide permanent unlock codes for Slides. I found on that provides the code via email (others want to mail it to you) and got my code within 30 minutes. So now I can remove the T-mobile sim and put my ATT (or other) sim in and go. I should mention that some of the Sidekick features ONLY work if you have a sidekick plan, but that's T-Mobile's and Danger's devious attempt to make us miserable. Good Luck! Hope this helps! Rick

Sep 13, 2009 | T-Mobile Sidekick ID Cellular Phone

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Sidekick 3 for AT&T?! PLEASEE HELP!


Press "menu" (the key with the 3 lines) and "L" - this will bypass the activation screen. You will need to do this every time you turn the phone on, though.

Jul 08, 2009 | T-Mobile Sidekick® 3 Cellular Phone

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The screen wont come on my sidekick 3...ball still works


Yeah, more than likely the lcd cable connection is loose. That is what the white screen usually indicates.

It is fairly easy to take a apart and reseat.

Follow the guide at the link below

Fix Sidekick 3, Sidekick ID, Sidekick II White LCD Screen

Jun 19, 2009 | T-Mobile Sidekick® 3 Cellular Phone

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My friend gave me her sidekick iD, but she fergot the code.


When it asks you for the code, and it's talking about the phone being locked and you havent yet switched the phone over to your phone number, then enter the last 4 digits of your friends phone number. If you've already switched it, enter in the last 4 digits of your phone number.

If it's asking for another code, I'd just call Verizon...they have help for switching to a new phone/activating a new phone that should help you out.

Feb 18, 2009 | T-Mobile Sidekick ID Cellular Phone

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Sidekick don't get any signal only at one time at the day.


Yes I have a friend that works for T Mobile and he is at my work right now and that is what he told me so I know that it is the sim card. Even though it works in other phones the config is bad for your phone

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FLIP THE PHONE OPEN AND PRESS AND HOLD THE MENU KEY WHILE PRESSING L ON YOUR KEYPAD THIS SHOULD BY PASS THAT SCREEN...ENJOY

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Perhaps the battery is not in correctly, the phone was dropped in water, The phone is broken, or you're pressing the wrong button.

Nov 29, 2007 | T-Mobile Sidekick® 3 Cellular Phone

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Waiting for activation


To speed up activation, hit menu + L at the same time.

Nov 15, 2007 | T-Mobile Sidekick ID Cellular Phone

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