Sales for Microsoft's KIN phones tallies in at 500 units so far?

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Sales for Microsoft's KIN phones tallies in at 500 units so far?
It'd only be natural for a company or wireless carrier to brag about sales numbers if a handset launch has proven to be a huge success – as evident with Sprint's most recent admission to the HTC EVO 4G's launch. Conversely, there is usually a low key approach if it doesn't live up to expectations or deemed as a complete and utter failure. It has been over a month since Microsoft's KIN phones made their debut on Verizon and we have yet to hear anything from either parties regarding sales figures or even small insights to its progress. If Best Buy's move to lower the prices of both phones have any kind of indication, it may not be looking too pretty for Microsoft. The handsets may not have garnered the appeal or attention it wanted just yet, but BusinessInsider claims to have heard a rumor that the Redmond based company has seen 500 phones sold so far. It may be easily considered a quaint figure when you think about the millions of customers on Verizon, so with that in mind, it may look unfathomable to almost anyone – even more when commercials are in rotation constantly. Even though it's just a rumor, Microsoft's lack of spilling any figures or mentioning anything regarding the social networking handsets does cause for some alarm – now more than ever if this rumor does pan out.

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source: BusinessInsider via WMPoweruser

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14 Comments

1. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

These phones are garbage.

12. Assafha unregistered

wait dude what?  couldnt hear you...oh you probably dropped another call...damn

2. LGVX1993

Posts: 260; Member since: Jan 27, 2009

And iPhone 4 sold 600,000 pre-orders in one day? Microsoft must be mad right about now.

13. Assafha unregistered

wait dude what?  couldnt hear you...oh you probably dropped another call...damn

3. mdw92581

Posts: 131; Member since: Feb 25, 2010

Epic Failure of highest proportions! lmao

4. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

These phones were a joke to begin with. Someone should be fired at microsoft and Bill gates should lure execs at apple to run the mobile division - windows and microsft have fallen on hard times and if windows 7 does only so-so, then bye-bye.... How can you relase a phone that is so bland - even kids, who were their target audience, want something like an ANDROID or IPHONE.

8. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

the problem is these things are targeted at teens, but have smartphone web requirements. If they had the normal 10-15 web, they woulda sold alot more.

5. CRICKETownz

Posts: 980; Member since: Oct 24, 2009

500 phones sold nationwide? LMAO! Microsoft...dog, what are you doin? How many Microsoft reps are plagued by havin to carry around a KIN or do any reps carry them at all? Realistically, would you go into a store and buy a KIN? What does the KIN really have to offer? I'm askin...

6. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

lol a whole 500? thier are 500 stupid people out their?

7. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

lol, yeah, I believe it is parents buying the phone for their teen-age kid - and that kid probably is too embarassed to take the phone to school - on the bright side, it will decrease the chances of the phone being stolen, unless that kid is trying to get the phone stolen and hope to get something better....

9. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

now its a collectors item!!! lol

10. VSS_55

Posts: 43; Member since: Jul 05, 2009

Its apparently true, i used to work in a VZW store, i stopped in yesterday and tried playing with one. i couldnt even friggin find the main menu. I couldnt find anything besides the social networking menu it was it, i talked to the techs and they have apparently not sold 1 so far. Upgrade from win mobile 6.5..... yeah right.

11. jskrenes

Posts: 209; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

To top it off, there's no calendar app, and not even a calculator app. That's putting a lot of faith in our younger genaration, selling them a phone without a calculator. I think they stand a chance if they throw in even some basic stuff like a calendar, calculator and even some core apps like Pandora, Weatherbug, or other similar popular ones.

14. cellgeek82

Posts: 518; Member since: Dec 20, 2009

wow, a whopping 500 units...makes me want one so bad haha

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