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Kin 1 and Kin 2 just can't wait for Verizon's exclusivity period to end?

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Kin 1 and Kin 2 just can't wait for Verizon's exclusivity period to end?
A ROM hacker known on the internet as Cornflipper was able to obtain an early version of the OS for Microsoft's Dynamic Duo, Kin 1 and Kin 2 (for some reason, we always think of Cat in the Hat's Thing One and Thing Two when we hear the pair's name) and published screenshots of the phones. After digging around the OS some more, he found some very interesting information. Despite an exclusivity period for both handsets for Verizon in the U.S., on the OS were provisioning files for other carriers. These files are pre-packaged bundles and in this situation, it looks like the files were pre-packaged to allow the Kin duo to make a quick and painless configuration to other carriers. The list of possible future homes for the Kin 1 and Kin 2 besides Verizon in the U.S. includes AT&T and T-Mobile in the States. Overseas carriers with provisioning files on the ROM include Vodafone (Spain, France, Portugal, Italy and U.K.), Germany's T-Mobile, O2 and Orange in the U.K., Softbank and DoCoMo in Japan and Telia and Three in Sweden. These could just be files left over from the days when Microsoft was shopping for a carrier and needed to show how the phones fared on different networks, or perhaps while Big Red gets the exclusive on the Kins, a slightly different version of the duo finds happiness on other networks using the same OS. What we do know is that for now, Kin 1 and Kin 2 belong to Verizon in the U.S on an exclusive basis with an expected launch date some time next month.

Microsoft Kin 1 Preliminary Specifications
Microsoft Kin 2 Preliminary Specifications

source: MobileCrunch

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:46

1. xtroid2k (Posts: 322; Member since: 11 Jan 2010)


Well I can't say thatI'm surprised. Verizon in the past few years has made a 360 as far as being open and candid about its products and services.

posted on 28 Apr 2010, 13:09

2. Kiltlifter (Posts: 742; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


I agree. VZW has been lax with there typical Monarch attitude and complete control. I hope the KIN like does very well, and in order for it to be really successful it needs to have a diverse market across all carriers in the US. VZW has the DROID, Incredible, Blackberry (whether that's good or bad). The KIN launch on VZW could easily get burried. I have played with both devices and I am impressed with the UI. It is an in b/w phone of a good feature phone and a smartphone. Microsoft is trying to create a new niche market for end users, and I can see VZW burrying it in the background like they did with the Palm webOS devices. "great phone for moms"..... zzzzzzzzzzzzz.... "KIN, great for for 10 year olds" would kill it for teenagers and early 20 market it is intended. Also I think a 29.99 data plan requirement would kill the device itself... If i'm gonna pay that much might as well go Smartphone.... Like I have said before, this could be a huge success... i just don't see VZW doing it right the first time.

posted on 28 Apr 2010, 17:54

3. networkdood (Posts: 6244; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Throw your Kins into the KINdle wood fire....

posted on 28 Apr 2010, 21:25

4. jcoberg10 (Posts: 110; Member since: 30 Oct 2009)


They'll probably be 3g Feature phones requiring the $9.99 Data plan (25mb). But if you use this phone the way it is designed you'll need the $30 unlimited Data plan. Which goes back to kiltlifters point, why not get a real smartphone if you are paying $30 a month.

posted on 29 Apr 2010, 13:40

5. Landmarkcm (Posts: 399; Member since: 11 Aug 2009)


Why is Sprint left out?? I mean I like my Android but im still curious

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