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Kin sales to stop today?

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Kin sales to stop today?
Amid sales rumored at one point to be as ridiculously low as 500 units, Verizon has apparently decided that it is time to 86 the Kin phones. This means that all sales of the two Kin models will be halted starting today. Despite fairly heavy promotion aimed right at the teen market that the phones were designed for, both Kin One and Kin Two were up against the Android juggernaut that Verizon itself has created and has maintained with last week's launch of the high-end super spec'd DROID X. For Microsoft, it is a quick end to a project that first leaked out with two phones called Turtle and Pure, and scored a bit of notoriety when a commercial for the phones seemed to condone some sort of sexting. When the dust settled, the pair were considered smartphones by Verizon, but offered no app store and were not constructed with "premium" material. No surprise here though, as Microsoft had already announced the end of the project and no next of Kin.

Microsoft KIN ONE Specifications | Review (ONE and TWO)
Microsoft KIN TWO Specifications

source: BerryScoop



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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:47

1. vzwtechbill (Posts: 175; Member since: 16 Mar 2009)


That device (not even worth being called a phone) was a birth defect

posted on 18 Jul 2010, 08:29

2. derricob (Posts: 24; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


Those phones suck anyway. Microsoft can barely keep older teens to adults happy, let along try to branch off. The should have put this on t-mobile or cricket and worked out a deal to lower the data plan.

posted on 18 Jul 2010, 10:16

3. Sniggly (Posts: 6697; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


The phones were cheap and felt like toys, didn't do a whole lot, and were aimed at only one niche that smartphones fill. It was a failure through and through.

posted on 18 Jul 2010, 10:23

4. bossmt_2 (Posts: 429; Member since: 13 Oct 2009)


The phone would have done much better if it was classified as a Multimedia device and sold as like a fancy EnV Touch.

posted on 18 Jul 2010, 11:10

5. Homotechual (Posts: 65; Member since: 27 Oct 2009)


The problem with Verizon is they don't have a teen consumer base, and parents don't buy data plans for teens ecpeically on Verizon. This phone should have been on Sprint or T-Mobile far more teens on those 2 and cheaper data plans.

posted on 18 Jul 2010, 14:57

6. Whateverman (Posts: 3187; Member since: 17 May 2009)


I see your logic, but to be honest this phone would not have done well anywhere. VZW does a training class for each new type of device or OS brought to market, and if you could have seen the reactions on our faces when we found out what the phone could not do. We just knew the Kins would be a disaster and that was BEFORE we found out about that data plan. Microsoft better step it up on WM7 or just stick to computers.

posted on 18 Jul 2010, 18:51

8. Homotechual (Posts: 65; Member since: 27 Oct 2009)


Yes, I could see that I work at T-Mobile and i felt the same way about the Sidekick..

posted on 18 Jul 2010, 18:19

7. scottmbolt (unregistered)


Does anybody actually own one of these stupid looking POS? If so, please show your face, and mosey on outta the closet!

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