Verizon Freezes Online Sales Of Microsoft KIN
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.