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Verizon cuts Kin prices just six weeks after launch

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.



By Electronista Staff
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  1. Herod

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    Joined: Jun 2007

    +4

    really?

    cause no one wants the garbage. we all want iPads now.

  1. msuper69

    Professional Poster

    Joined: Jan 2000

    0

    so which is it?

    $30 or $50 for the Kin Two?

    I think it was supposed to be $30 for the Kin and $50 for the Kin Two but I'm not the one writing the article.

  1. dliup

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    Joined: Jan 2006

    +6

    Verizon...

    Verizon... we sell crappy phones no one want.

  1. iphonerulez

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Nov 2008

    +2

    With the lowered price for Kins

    those babies should soon start flying off the shelves. Sales could possibly even triple. From 500 units to 1500 units. That may set a new record for social phone sales. It should definitely boost Microsoft's bottom line.

  1. JohnFromBeyond

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    Joined: Sep 2007

    -2

    deja vue

    Gee, Apple cut the price of the original iPhone three months after introduction and you never heard the end of it. I doubt too many people will care about this one...

  1. Alfiejr

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Aug 2008

    +1

    Biggest Flop Ever

    the Kin ARE at the end of their lifecycle.

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