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Microsoft admits failure, kills off Kin smartphones

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 30 Jun 2010 18:57 User comments (7)

Microsoft admits failure, kills off Kin smartphones Microsoft has confirmed today that they are pulling the plug on the Kin One and Kin Two smartphones, after sales fell well below expectations.
Additionally, the Kin phones will not make it to Europe as promised, and the entire Kin team has been moved over to the company's Windows Phone 7 division.

Says Microsoft: "We have made the decision to focus exclusively on Windows Phone 7 and we will not ship KIN in Europe this fall as planned. Additionally, we are integrating our KIN team with the Windows Phone 7 team, incorporating valuable ideas and technologies from KIN into future Windows Phone releases. We will continue to work with Verizon in the U.S. to sell current KIN phones."

Pulling the plug is a glaring admission of failure from the Microsoft team, which released the phone just two months ago, after almost two years of development.

The Kin series failed for many reasons, but the main factor was price. For low-end smartphones aimed at teenagers, Microsoft and Verizon still forced consumers to buy a $70 mandatory voice+data+texting plan. For the same price, you could have a top-end Android device, or head to AT&T for an iPhone.

Sources from within Microsoft say Verizon sold over 1000 devices since launch, but under 10,000, with many believing that number is around 2500.

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7 user comments

130.6.2010 20:01

The text plan is not needed. If it was then it would be the minimum talk plan 450 min plan with unlimited text is $59.99 plus the data plan at 29.99. that would equal $89.98, not $70. Anyways, I'm glad that phone is no longer going to be made.

21.7.2010 3:12

"the entire Kin team has been moved over to the company's Windows Phone 7 division"

Well, that is it...the last nail in the WinMo7 coffin!

31.7.2010 4:53

Oh dear oh dear oh dear.

However according to xda developers the phone will come to vodaphone sometime in the 4th quater of 2010

41.7.2010 8:06

Yeah what can we say but EPIC FAIL...

52.7.2010 0:38

What would be awesome is if these phones were dumped on the pay as you go providers like Tracphone, Net10, Straighttalk, etc who could have a nice-ish smartphone and a cheap plan. I have to agree...I only grudgingly got my daughter a cell phone, but I refuse to pay more than $20-30/mo for the service.

63.7.2010 11:51

Originally posted by dEwMe:
Yeah what can we say but EPIC FAIL...

77.7.2010 10:33

LMAO, I really like to hear micro$haft dropping the ball yet again, as if Billy G hasn't got his fingers in enough pies already, he tries to monopolies the pc market, games console market, then wants a slice of the phone and mp3 player market, they should learn by now people like ipods not zunes, and lets face it, u can get loads of phones which look like an iphone, plenty with the same features, but anything that don't have that famous apple logo on is just a poor imitation!!!

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