Verizon Freezes Online Sales Of Microsoft KIN

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News Posted: Mon, Jul 19 2010 9:59 AM
There are falls from grace, and there are falls from grace. Microsoft's KIN line is definitely in that more severe category, and it's made even worse by the fact that it's the world's largest software maker taking the hit. This is a company that should have known better than to put an unwanted phone into the market place, but obviously some folks can only learn the hard way. Microsoft already revealed that they were pulling the plug on KIN, but now it looks like Verizon Wireless is doing them the favor ahead of schedule.


As of now, consumers can no longer see nor buy a KIN One or KIN Two online, and there are widespread reports that Verizon -- which was the only U.S. carrier to have these phones -- is shipping remaining inventory right back to Microsoft. Ouch. It's one thing to let a product die gracefully, but when Verizon feels that there's essentially no chance for them to sell what's left of the KIN stock, well…that speaks volumes.


Of course, the "being sent back" part has yet to be confirmed or acknowledged by Microsoft, but it wouldn't be surprising. Microsoft had a difficult time selling the KIN, and Verizon has plenty of better phones to sell. They obviously don't want a dead product cluttering up their product shelves. In reality, it was the data price that sealed KIN's fate, in our opinion. Had Microsoft been able to offer the KIN with a $5/month or so data plan, tweens may have snapped it up. But for $30/month, why not just get an iPhone, DROID Incredible or Palm Pre Plus? Hopefully KIN can rest in peace soon enough, but it looks like it'll have to endure one more bout with embarrassment when it hits the UPS truck, this time in reverse.
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AKwyn replied on Mon, Jul 19 2010 2:06 PM

It's a sign that you're mobile efforts aren't doing well when even Verizon can't sell the remaining stock of KIN phones; they have to give it all back to Microsoft. At least this phone will be a cheap way for anybody wanting a phone that has all those important features the other smartphones have, except for the fact that it's a failure but I'm sure they know about that already.

 

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acarzt replied on Mon, Jul 19 2010 4:21 PM

They should have sold the phone on a value provider, like virgin mobile or Cricket or some other cheap company.

They would have sold more.

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AKwyn replied on Mon, Jul 19 2010 9:57 PM

And your suggesting that Microsoft should of sold it to a budget provider? I don't know... I don't think Microsoft and Danger spent hours of research just to make a budget device.

 

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acarzt replied on Mon, Jul 19 2010 10:48 PM

actually they did lol...

It was aimed at avid social networkers... aka tweens... aka got no money... aka this is a budget device.

When first launched they were only $100 and $200. Then the price dropped to $50 and $100... now they are gone.

They tried to take on some big companies and failed.

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