updated 10:05 pm EDT, Sat June 26, 2010
Leak confirms Kin One and Two price changes
After a false start, Verizon is now known to be slashing the prices of the Kin One and Two in half thanks to a leak this weekend. The Kin Two will drop from $100 to just $50 on contract, while the $50 Kin One is falling to $30. Both will be part of a wider sale that starts on June 28.
While sales aren't uncommon at Verizon, BGR notes the other phones in the sale are several months old or more and reaching the end of their lifespans: the BlackBerry Storm2 will drop to $150 after having been in shops since November, the Nokia Twist (now $50) has been at Verizon since September, and the LG enV Touch (also $50) has been in stores since May of last year. The last instances of price cuts for still-young phones was with Palm's lineup, when it was clear it had misjudged sales estimates and left Verizon with stock that had to be cleared out.
The slipped out information is the first sign, if still unconfirmed, of problems with Kin sales. Neither Microsoft nor Verizon has reported sales since it went on sale in mid-May, but suspicions have been raised of low sales virtually since launch. Most of the worries have centered around the choice of service plan; the Kin has a $70 minimum plan even as it's been targeted at teens and has lacked smartphone-class features such as third-party apps. For many, the option has been to either choose a somewhat lesser phone but with a significantly less expensive plan or else to get a true Android, BlackBerry or webOS smartphone with the same rates.