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Microsoft officially relaunches the Kin One and Kin Two

updated 04:45 am EST, Thu November 18, 2010

Back on Verizon network with cheaper plans

After being labeled as one of Microsoft's greatest failures having been pulled from sale after only six weeks during its original run, the Kin One and Kin Two are back on sale with Verizon. With the re-release has come a slight name change to the Kin ONEm and Kin TWOm. Microsoft only sold 8,810 units during the initial product run, but hopes to turn the disastrous sales numbers around with more attractive pricing plans.

One of the reasons blamed for the poor sales figures was that the phones, while lacking full smartphone functionality, were forced to use smartphone plans of at least $70 per month. This pitted the devices against much more fully featured phones that were also out of reach for its teenage and early 20s target audience.

This time, Verizon is selling the Kin ONEm for $20 on a two-year plan, while the Kin TWOm is being sold for $50 in a buy-one-get-one-free deal; the second phone included for the price is the LG Ally. There is also a $35 activation price. Still included is the Zune Pass option, but downloads are restricted to Wi-Fi and side-loading only. Monthly costs start at $40 for voice and an additional $10 for data.

Microsoft invested at least $250 million in developing the phones; whether the lower price is enough to rekindle buyer interest remains to be seen.



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  1. lamewing

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Aug 2004

    +1

    Choices

    To make this device work (and it can), MS needs to:

    1. Drop the activation fee, or make it $10.00 at most.
    2. Allow the Zune pass (as planned) which is a great deal. I wish iTunes had it!
    3. Allow for CHOICES of either data/texting and/or voice plans. I know many folks who could care less about the phone part (especially at $40 a month- really?), but would love to have texting and data.
    4. OR consider doing what Virgin Mobile does and sell the phone, charge a activation fee (NOT $35.00) and then charge $25.00 a month for everything.

    and finally...

    5. NO FRAKING contracts!!!!

    This could actually be a device that at least makes a small profit, but MS/Verizon are still going to bungle it up.

  1. climacs

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Sep 2001

    +7

    that's a shiny t***

    a pair of them, actually.

  1. pairof9s

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Jan 2008

    +16

    Chekov's Russian Proverb

    Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.

    /

  1. nat

    Junior Member

    Joined: Mar 2002

    +8

    what

    are we going to do with all these stupid phones?

    let's rebrand them with an "m" tacked on to the name. there's enough ms tools out there that will buy them.

    brilliant!

  1. Foe Hammer

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Feb 2005

    +8

    MS Reads CheckOUT, Not Checkov

    Fool ourselves once, shame on all of us; fool ourselves twice, even more shame on all of us.

    And that 'm' thing with the name sure sounds like a classic Ballmer "moment of brilliance" thing.

  1. thebiggfrogg

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Jul 2007

    +5

    These kin are from...

    the hills and they appear to be brother-husband and sister-wife. Yee Haw!

  1. jdsonice@gmail.com

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    Joined: Oct 2009

    +7

    Ha ha ha ha ha

    HA ha ha ha ha ha haha ha haha ha haha ha haha ha haha ha haha ha haha ha haha ha haha ha haha ha haha ha haha ha haha ha haha ha haha ha haha ha haha ha haha ha haha ha haha ha haha ha haha ha haha ha haha ha haha ha haha ha haha ha haha ha haha ha haha ha ha

  1. Paul Huang

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Sep 1999

    +6

    Environmental

    Rather than sending them to the landfills, pay the customers to unload them.

  1. Herod

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Jun 2007

    +1

    yay!

    happy days are here again!!

  1. Mr. Strat

    Junior Member

    Joined: Jan 2002

    +6

    Woo-hoo!

    I'm off contract. Now would be the perfect time to switch to a crappy phone with a predatory carrier.

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