Verizon to shutter The KIN Studio next month, offers users a free 3G phone

Verizon to shutter The KIN Studio next month, offers users a free 3G phone
The KIN has recently been reincarnated as a feature phone over at Verizon, and Big Red has put the fork through the phone by closing the KIN Studio at the end of next month. A number of features will no longer work starting January 31st. For example, Feed Reader will no longer work and the same fate will happen to Search Near me and posting pictures or comments to social networks will no longer be an available option. In fact, accessing social networks will only be possible through the web browser (yes, web browsing will still be possible). Pictures that you stored on the device will show on the screen at low thumbnail resolutions. The loop will no longer work and the KIN Spot will send only to emails.

Perhaps reading a list of which features will still be supported would be easier. Based on the letters sent out by the carrier (see below), on January 31st, your KIN will allow you to make voice calls, sent text, picture and video messages, browse the web, use your Zune pass on Wi-Fi only, use your camera and Alarm Clock and keep your contacts. You will be able to load any pictures, videos and contacts to your home computer by heading over to either or depending on which model you own, of course.

Finally, Verizon must feel a bit guilty about all of this so until March 31st, the carrier will allow KIN owners to pick a 3G phone for free.

source: WPCentral

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11. moosejaw unregistered

What I would like to know is if (starting on Jan. 31st, when these services are shut down) what the phone interface will look like. Is it going to show these features but they just wont work, or will they be gone completely. These phones are actually really intriguing to me at this price point as long as the user interface isn't filled with a bunch of crap that you can't use. I'm fine if it is gone, I just don't want a whole bunch of options on my screen that don't work. If anyone has any knowledge of this, let me know. Thanks

10. mr123 unregistered

Does anyone know what type of 3g phones they offer for replacements. The letter Verizon sent was very vague.

9. sniperace

Posts: 95; Member since: Aug 20, 2009

I say windows 7 faces the same fate vs android and all the other os systems out there.

8. Mr. Blackberry unregistered

i want free kins!

7. mr. droid

Posts: 278; Member since: Aug 21, 2010

i need to buy one quick!

6. VZsucks unregistered

Why does Verizon release products then later on cut off support and features? Remember Dashboard, its gone too! As long as Verizon gets money they don't care. Greedy carrier!

5. Prince_Soul unregistered

Does the "Posting Photos To Social Networks Will No Longer Be Possible" affect all 'dumb/feature' phones cuz my Reality won't allow me to post any pictures on Facebook via picture messaging anymore.

3. crd22

Posts: 77; Member since: Apr 15, 2008

The re-released Kin phones (ONEm and TWOm) don't have these features anyway, so it's not a big deal for a lot of Kin owners. At their current prices, the Kin phones are equal and arguably better than pretty much all other dumbphones. They're very simple and straightforward now that they don't have all that social networking junk, and when people want a phone for texting and calling, this is exactly what is needed. Plus you get wi-fi as a bonus.

2. JeffdaBeat unregistered

I think this is a big reason why even regular consumers should do some kind of research before they grab a phone. If it's a phone that is comparible in features of others (quick messaging or all touch screen) then go for it. But if it's a new operating system or a new niche phone, I'd wait a bit to see if it takes off. It sucks this happned, but at least Verizon is letting people with that phone have a free one...then again, I can't imagine there were that many buyers.

1. Syksyd

Posts: 63; Member since: Apr 16, 2010

I was employeed at VZW when these phones came out and i couldnt help but laugh at how much the company was trying to push these pieces of crap.....This was one of the dumbest ideas for a phone ever to come out........

4. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

I agree 100%! I and many of the other techs in the training class cringed when we got a list of features. Why don't they ever listen to the people who know what their customers want? The techs and cs reps at our center told our higher ups this thing was a flop months before the market did. And just like all the other stupid changes they made that we said would not work...we were right!

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