updated 05:05 pm EDT, Thu July 8, 2010
Nearly 9,000 Kins were sold, not 503
The recent rumor that Microsoft sold just 503 Kin One and Kin Two handsets is facing new evidence to the contrary. As Kin requires users to register the Facebook app on the actual site, the number of active users on the social network should effectively match the amount of Kins out there. At last count, that included 8,810 users.
A source reportedly near Microsoft told SAI that the information should be accurate.
The original rumor has no corroborating evidence, though the Kin effort was unquestionably a bust. Microsoft has also admitted their mistake, and since discontinued the project and building any more Kin devices. Kins were sold for about six weeks. Stories have circulated that even Palm, which has been struggling through much of 2010, had significantly more sales of its phone line on the same network.
Verizon is committed to supporting existing Kin devices and users but is now expected to stop selling the phones once it runs out of stock. [via PocketNow]