Thought the launch of the Kin ONEm and TWOm was strange? Here's another oddity with a Microsoft tie-in: Canadian startup Mobilicity has just announced the "Mobiflip," a phone that the carrier's own press release calls out as being "similar to the Sidekick LX." It's unclear whether what's left of Danger will be supporting the device -- the Sidekick line basically pioneered mobile cloud computing, after all -- but what we see of the interface certainly rings true to the Sidekicks of days gone by. It runs CAD $99.99 ($98) contract-free, which is a whole heck of a lot cheaper than its American doppelganger launched for -- $250 on contract, if you recall. Yowza! Follow the break for the press release.

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Mobilicity debuts Sharp Mobiflip talk-and-text handset

Growing wireless carrier continues to bring consumers more choice in quality brand name handsets for under $100 without a contract

Toronto, ON – December 21, 2010 – In announcing the Sharp Mobiflip talk-and-text device, Mobilicity continued to make good on its commitment to deliver the most comprehensive contract-free lineup of name-brand handsets and smartphones in the industry.

Similar to the T-Mobile Sidekick LX, the Mobiflip is ideal for teens, tweens and the increasing number of talk-and-text users. The affordable Mobiflip features a 3.2" rotating flip-out screen and full-size QWERTY keyboard for easy web browsing, emailing and instant messaging. In camera or video mode, the phone's large screen also serves as a view finder and offers a familiar and easy-to-use digital camera-like experience.

The Mobiflip is available at Mobilicity stores and authorized dealers for $99.99. Like all Mobilicity devices, it does not come with a handset tab credit check, nor does it come with a contract to lock a customer into a multi-year service plan, as is often the case with Canada's incumbent carriers.

Mobilicity has consistently introduced quality name-brand devices to enhance its lineup of handsets and smartphones. In the last few months, it released the BlackBerry® Curve™ 3G, Nexus OneTM by GoogleTM, Sony Ericsson Xperia X10, LG WinkTM and the Motorola SpiceTM – Canada's only name-brand device powered by Android™ for under $200. Pricing of Mobilicity handsets starts at just $49.99.


About Mobilicity (DAVE Wireless)
Mobilicity, Canada's UNLIMITED 3.5G mobile operator, provides nationwide coverage with unlimited coverage areas to make wireless communications more affordable and easier to use. Mobilicity's pay-in-advance unlimited talk, text and data plans ensure 100 percent bill certainty – without contracts, credit checks or hidden charges. Formerly known as Data & Audio Visual Enterprises Wireless Inc. (DAVE Wireless), the company is led by Obelysk, a diversified Canadian holding company, and Quadrangle Capital Partners, a global investor in the telecommunications and media sectors with more than $3 billion of capital under management. Earlier this year, Mobilicity was named one of Canada's Top 25 Up and Coming Information & Communication Technology start-ups by the Branham Group Inc. Further information about Mobilicity can be found at www.mobilicity.ca.

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Sharp Mobiflip channels Sidekick LX's vibes for Mobilicity