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

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13 Comments

1. easytochris

Posts: 126; Member since: Jan 21, 2010

that was about as successful as crystal pepsi.

2. trentsinmypants

Posts: 324; Member since: Jan 29, 2009

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

7. scottmbolt unregistered

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

8. CRICKETownz

Posts: 980; Member since: Oct 24, 2009

There was Crystal Pepsi?

3. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 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!

9. CRICKETownz

Posts: 980; Member since: Oct 24, 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.

10. ace1122

Posts: 237; Member since: Mar 23, 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.

4. trentsinmypants

Posts: 324; Member since: Jan 29, 2009

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

5. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

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

6. oddmanout

Posts: 443; Member since: May 22, 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.

11. ace1122

Posts: 237; Member since: Mar 23, 2009

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

12. BigRed83

Posts: 144; Member since: May 19, 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.

13. wade1968

Posts: 224; Member since: Apr 12, 2010

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

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