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Confirmed: Verizon halts all on-line sales of KIN phones

Confirmed: Verizon halts all on-line sales of KIN phones
We knew all was not well with the Microsoft KIN ONE and KIN TWO social networking phones, as sales figures showed only a few hundred of units were sold by Verizon Wireless. That was the first nail in the coffin, followed by Microsoft stopping production all together, and Verizon lowering their price and enticing people to buy up inventory with a BOGO sale just a week ago. This morning, news started to come in that on-line sales of the two devices were about to stop completely today, and it appears that is the case, as both KIN phones have now been removed from the Verizon site. Furthermore, one of out tipsters even sent us an image of the internal Verizon system stating "On July 18th Verizon Wireless will discontinue forward sales of the existing KIN ONE and KIN TWO phones", and going on to say that current customers with the devices will still receive support. No surprises here, but lets hope that Windows Phone 7 isn't too far off, as that is the only thing new on the horizon for Microsoft.

Microsoft KIN ONE Specifications | Review
Microsoft KIN TWO specifications | Review

Thanks to our tipster for the image!

Confirmed: Verizon halts all on-line sales of KIN phones

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:47

1. easytochris (Posts: 126; Member since: 21 Jan 2010)


that was about as successful as crystal pepsi.

posted on 18 Jul 2010, 14:24

2. trentsinmypants (Posts: 311; Member since: 29 Jan 2009)


Hey, I enjoyed Crystal Pepsi :) KINS, not so much.....

posted on 18 Jul 2010, 18:18

7. scottmbolt (unregistered)


Or about as successful as the iPhone4's antenna design...

posted on 18 Jul 2010, 18:43 1

8. CRICKETownz (Posts: 980; Member since: 24 Oct 2009)


There was Crystal Pepsi?

posted on 18 Jul 2010, 14:42

3. Whateverman (Posts: 3158; Member since: 17 May 2009)


If the Kins were the best Microsoft could do in the post ios and Android market, I don't have much hope for WM7. This is not the time for half-assed attempts at making a smartphone to compete with Droids, Evos and iPhones. Microsoft has a lot of making up to do. My suggestion is that we start with a Kin bonfire!

posted on 18 Jul 2010, 18:47

9. CRICKETownz (Posts: 980; Member since: 24 Oct 2009)


As long as its takin for WM7 to show its face on the smartphone scene, it ought to be the best thing since sliced bread. KIN seems to be the bastard child that no one wants to claim ownership of...but i think WM7 will be a lot better than what the KIN's had to offer, esp. with Zune/Xbox intergration. Could possibly be a good ecosystem for the Windows platform.

posted on 19 Jul 2010, 02:56

10. ace1122 (Posts: 237; Member since: 23 Mar 2009)


It's gonna be especially hard for microsoft to catch up with android and apple since they both have such huge app stores and fan bases.

posted on 18 Jul 2010, 14:43

4. trentsinmypants (Posts: 311; Member since: 29 Jan 2009)


Anyone else here up for re-branding Microsoft to MicroSHAFT? :) Them seem to enjoy shafting their customers as of late....

posted on 18 Jul 2010, 16:40

5. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2864; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


The kins were a fine example of "it looked great on paper".

posted on 18 Jul 2010, 17:45

6. oddmanout (Posts: 434; Member since: 22 May 2009)


heck i dont even know if they really looked that good on paper... i've been doubting the kins since the microsoft pink phones were rumors. Phones and Microsoft just dont mix for me. *Although I am a little curious about windows phone 7 since its taking so long to build.

posted on 19 Jul 2010, 02:57

11. ace1122 (Posts: 237; Member since: 23 Mar 2009)


But the iPhone 4 took a long time to build too and look how that turned out!

posted on 19 Jul 2010, 08:58

12. BigRed83 (Posts: 142; Member since: 19 May 2008)


the biggest problem was the delay in getting the phone to market. It was delayed over 18 months because Balmer or some project head didn't want to use the Sidekick OS that was the original design. A choice was made to have a Microsoft OS in their first foray into phone manfacturer. While this wasn't the strongest device ever put out, think for a moment if this had launched as planned. What was the marketplace like at that time? Android? What's that? MMS on an iPhone? You get the idea. Putting a limited-capability device on the market with a mandatory $30 data plan was marketing suicide. If it was a $15 data plan (think VCAST VPak), the result could have been far more successful. Oh, well. On to bigger & better things for everyone.

posted on 20 Jul 2010, 18:52

13. wade1968 (Posts: 224; Member since: 12 Apr 2010)


kin phones shouldnt have came out. easy buck means more problems for microsoft.

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