updated 05:10 pm EDT, Mon June 28, 2010
Verizon already pushed to drop Kin costs
As hinted at this weekend, Verizon has cut the prices of the Kin One and Two roughly in half. The Kin Two has fallen from $100 to $50 on a contract, and the Kin One now costs $30. Verizon hasn't made any mention of an expiration date and implies the prices are permanent.
The two are part of a larger sale that also includes the BlackBerry Storm2, enV Touch and other phones, but most of these are older phones reaching the ends of the respective lifecycles. Verizon still prominently labels the Kin phones as "new."
Either price cut follows just six weeks after the One and Two reached stores and signals possible sales problems for either. Microsoft's phones have primarily been hindered by the price plan, which at $70 is as much as for a full smartphone with more features and support for third-party apps. Most of Verizon's smartphone lineup is now close to or as good as the Kin device pricing. Android devices like the LG Ally now have similar or better hardware, and the BlackBerry Curve 8530 has been in a similar price realm for most of its short lifespan.
The only other phones in recent memory to undergo such an early price slash at Verizon have been Palm's Pre Plus and Pixi Plus, both of which now have the same price as the Kin phones but have more software features.