Microsoft pulls plug on phones; no more next of KIN

Microsoft pulls plug on phones; no more next of KIN
As we reported recently, the pair of KIN phones offered through Verizon have not exactly been setting sales records. At least, not the positive ones. A few weeks ago, reports were circulating that Big Red had sold a whopping 500 units and while that has not been confirmed by Verizon or Microsoft (if you were either firm, would you confirm it?) the phones have certainly been a disappointment to both. Microsoft has decided to cancel a fall European launch for the KIN and is folding what is left of the KIN team with the Windows Phone 7 crew, hoping that the latter gets some ideas and technologies from the former that can be included in future Windows Phone releases. In a statement, the Redmond based company said that they have decided to focus exclusively on Windows Phone 7, but will continue to work with Verizon in the U.S. to sell the current KIN models.

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source: AllThingsDigital

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12 Comments

1. paps511

Posts: 33; Member since: Mar 01, 2009

The S.S.Kin Failboat has finally set sail

8. zuno gyakusatsu

Posts: 257; Member since: Mar 16, 2010

thank god. everything about these phones were fail. sluggish as hell, web browsing was a complete joke, lack of features and apps. i would pick a 10 year old nokia over these things. at least they had Snake on them.

2. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

We all knew this when they were first announced.

3. knuckleballer34

Posts: 119; Member since: Jul 27, 2009

I can't blame Microsoft and Verizon for going outside the box and trying something new, but with the $30 data plan tagged on to these things, you may as well go Android or Blackberry. The KIN's aren't terrible phones, but they aren't the most intuitive devices ever made, and certainly not for an extra 30 bones a month. I'm looking forward to see what Windows 7 Mobile has to offer...hopefully Microsoft will get their act together. The more competition the better!

4. nak1017

Posts: 328; Member since: Jan 08, 2010

Even the people at Microsoft thought it would fail, I have no idea why they keep green lighting these terrible ideas...

5. Sharky

Posts: 259; Member since: Jun 24, 2008

I was thinking of getting one until I found out about the data plan. It really isn't a big surprise that they've failed.

6. VZW

Posts: 24; Member since: Nov 02, 2009

25 MB would go away in 1 day with this phone. You need unlimited data with it. It backs up everything to a server. It stays connected to the internet all the time.

7. zerglisk

Posts: 544; Member since: Feb 09, 2010

If these phones are any close to high end motorola, htc, etc phones, they would do better with the premium $30 monthly package. These weak phones dont really deserve to be bounded to premium package at all.

9. xmguy1

Posts: 68; Member since: Nov 04, 2009

I agree with some. I like the HD recording on the KIN 2. (I have a Droid) But I agree the KIN phones SHOULD have been able to be used on PrePaid and on Post pay W/OUT a DATA PLAN of $30 REQUIRED. It just isn't that fancy and do that much for that.

10. tuminatr

Posts: 1126; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

not sure I agree, this is the replacement for the sidekick and the big draw there was a cheap data plan. Offer the same product with a $15 per month unlimited data plan and it will sell but you should not charge the same price as a data plan for the droid, blackberry or other smartphone for this device

11. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

This ranks right up there with the many other Microsoft fails, right next to the WebTV.

12. ILOVEIPHONE25 unregistered

this is absolute fail at its all time high. Microsoft, stick to making software and video games..your shitty phones are welcomed in the market. YOUR windows 7 os is going to be garbage and is already behind most of the phones today and its coming out in four months. FAIL FAIL FAIL.

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