updated 11:00 am EDT, Fri June 18, 2010
Microsoft Kin may be in dire straits
One tentative rumor today claimed that Microsoft has only sold about 500 Kin One and Two phones through Verizon since they went on sale in May. The SAI source didn't provide many details but implied that less than one phone had been sold per store. Verizon hasn't commented on the story but typically doesn't give out unit sales counts.
The claims nonetheless follow after talk of possible price cuts, although these have yet to come to pass, and of relative silence on the performance of the Kin line from either Microsoft or Verizon.
Unofficially, it's speculated that the lack of a smartphone OS but the insistence on charging for smartphone-level plans may have muted interest and driven customers to the Motorola Droid and other phones with now-similar prices but more features. Most of Verizon's marketing is also heavily invested in its Android line. In turn, Microsoft is focused primarily on shipping Windows Phone 7 for the end of the year.