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Microsoft pulls plug on phones; no more next of KIN

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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.

Microsoft KIN ONE Specifications | Review (1 & 2)
Microsoft KIN TWO Specifications

source: AllThingsDigital

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:47

1. paps511 (Posts: 33; Member since: 01 Mar 2009)

The S.S.Kin Failboat has finally set sail

posted on 30 Jun 2010, 19:21

8. zuno gyakusatsu (Posts: 257; Member since: 16 Mar 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.

posted on 30 Jun 2010, 17:19

2. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

We all knew this when they were first announced.

posted on 30 Jun 2010, 17:22

3. knuckleballer34 (Posts: 119; Member since: 27 Jul 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!

posted on 30 Jun 2010, 17:34

4. nak1017 (Posts: 328; Member since: 08 Jan 2010)

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

posted on 30 Jun 2010, 17:37

5. Sharky (Posts: 244; Member since: 24 Jun 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.

posted on 30 Jun 2010, 18:34

6. VZW (Posts: 24; Member since: 02 Nov 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.

posted on 30 Jun 2010, 19:01

7. zerglisk (Posts: 544; Member since: 09 Feb 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.

posted on 30 Jun 2010, 19:59

9. xmguy1 (Posts: 68; Member since: 04 Nov 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.

posted on 30 Jun 2010, 22:11

10. tuminatr (Posts: 861; Member since: 23 Feb 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

posted on 01 Jul 2010, 00:02

11. corporateJP (Posts: 2458; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)

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

posted on 01 Jul 2010, 07:49

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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