Own a piece of the past, Microsoft KIN ONE, on sale for $25

Own a piece of the past, Microsoft KIN ONE, on sale for $25
It was not one of Microsoft’s or Verizon’s brighter moments, but the KIN ONE does have its own special place in mobile handset history. What that special place is, and whether it is a good one or not is certainly up for debate.

Nonetheless, the oddity of the Microsoft KIN line of devices does command some curiosity. Here was a “smartphone” that had no calendar, no microSD support, and no apps.

The KIN ONE and its larger brother, the KIN TWO, were released on May 6, 2010 and were yanked off the shelves by July 17th that same year after it was reported that Verizon was only able to sell about 500 units total. When something sells that poorly, it actually makes you want to know first-hand why.

Well the KIN ONE can be yours for only $25 free-and-clear. Hey, it may be worth a couple days to swap out your ESN and see what all the hubbub was (not) about. Of course, you will not be able to use any of the social features of the device as the KIN Studio, which was the hub for all social and data feeds to the device as well as a cloud for photos that were taken, was shut down in January 2011.  Also do not forget that you will be using 3G/EV-DO for cellular connectivity.

Verizon felt so bad about what KIN owners were contending with that the carrier offered them a free 3G device to just put the whole fiasco behind it. Who is not curious by the intrigue?  Daily Steals has the KIN ONE up for grabs for $25 and if you want to know more about the device, check out this blast from the past, as our very own John V. puts the KIN ONE and KIN TWO through their paces below.

source: DailySteals.com via WPCentral


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14 Comments

1. NexusKoolaid

Posts: 493; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

Overpriced by about $24.99.

3. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 2013

your name says it all

6. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

Truely, it is. I worked at Verizon when this came out. They pulled us into a meeting to teach us about it, and the feedback was horrible but the higher ups didn't want to hear it. We told them charging a data plan on this thing would kill it in its crib, but VZW knows better right? Three months and 500 units later VZW pulled them, BIG SURPRISE! Sometimes it pays to listen to the people in the trenches, or pay through the noise when you don't.

14. TechDork

Posts: 399; Member since: May 10, 2010

*Truly

13. marbovo

Posts: 658; Member since: May 16, 2013

They should pay people to use this

2. natesvlogs

Posts: 40; Member since: May 15, 2012

Proof Microsoft has ALWAYS known how to please consumers

4. ocilfa

Posts: 334; Member since: Aug 03, 2012

You would think they would learn about adding "One" to their product names. Kin one, and now the Xbox one, both fails in comparison to competition.

5. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Hahaha you would think they would have learned their lesson....

7. Hammerfest

Posts: 384; Member since: May 12, 2012

sadly, I would NOT think they would have learned their lession... Not saying im going with the PS4, but definitly not the XBone.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TEGw9Cndebo

8. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

I spent about 600+ on a gaming computer and about 300 on a nividia graphics card. I can play any current game on the highest settings and they all run smoothly. While I understand Steam has a lot of "online only" settings, at least Steam gives you insane deals and specials nearly every day. Microsoft really shot themselves in the foot...no face with the X-Box One. You couldn't get me to shut up about how much I loved my X-Box 360 but even I can't see what the hell they are thinking with this.

9. valapsp

Posts: 565; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

Guys it doesn't work with GSM carriers? Just CDMA?

10. CivicSi89

Posts: 349; Member since: Jul 23, 2011

Oh LORD no.... I'm a Verizon employee... and we still get those things back with issues.... Id rather spend $49.99 on a Palm Pixi.....

12. i3izkit311

Posts: 31; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

As an owner of a palm pixi and a kin oneM, id take the kin. the pixi (and palm in general) was loads of problems for me.

11. i3izkit311

Posts: 31; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

I might be alone in this boat, but the Kin OneM was not a terrible phone. Decent camera, Wi-Fi, and solid call clarity... I've actually owned two... at $25, its a nice compromise for a teen against the NEED for a smartphone. We used to get compliments everywhere for our "baseball" phone.

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