Best Buy slashes Kin pricing

Microsoft's Kin series of phones has had a rough infancy. Its initial reviews were anything but praiseworthy, and the only feature that everyone could agree was nice was the Studio cloud-based content backup service, which isn't part of the phone at all. While Microsoft swears that many of the complaints people had, such as the ability to download third party applications, will be rectified in future updates, much of the review ire came from the steep price points. Since Kin was having trouble putting itself in either smartphone or featurephone categories comfortably, it was dubbed a socialphone, but was given the pricing treatment of a smartphone. Verizon wanted the full thirty dollars a month data plan, and the Kin 1 and 2 were being sold for $49.99 and $99.99 after a two-year commitment to Verizon. For many, this was an outrageous price for a phone that had virtually no flexibility and didn't have the specs or functionality of phones in the same price range.

Best Buy is heeding the call, according to Engadget. They have taken $50 off both phones, making the Kin 1 free with a two year contract and the Kin 2 $50 after contract. Best Buy does away with mail-in rebates when you buy from their store, so you won't have to worry about that either. However, you will still need the $30 per month data plan from Verizon, and that alone may keep potential buyers away.

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KeR said,

I just don't understand what the thinking behind these phones was?


I think I do: "Let's by a company to make a smartphone. ... Oh crap, I didn't realise we were making a better one anyway!"

KeR said,

I just don't understand what the thinking behind these phones was?

I'm pretty sure a team of infants could come up with better aesthetics.

O_O

but, where is it the MS fanboys?.

Where is it the comment saying that this cellphone is ok because is for teens?

KeR said,
I just don't understand what the thinking behind these phones was?

There was thinking behind these phones? LOL, proof or it didn't happen!

I guess people are not to "kin" about the prices...

That is ridiculous that VZW is charging that much for data on that phone...

chisss said,
I guess people are not to "kin" about the prices...

That is ridiculous that VZW is charging that much for data on that phone...

The Kin range is due to be released on Vodafone in the UK, later this summer. The pricing in the UK will probably be along similar lines as Verizon, as Vodafone own 49% of Verizon.

I'd imagine the Kin 1 + 2 will be available free on the Vodafone choice handset range, starting from £25 per month for 300 mins, Unlimited texts and 500mb mobile data over 24 months.

;-)

Finally someone realizes that these stupid kin phones will not sell at their respective prices.. especially if they are referred to as dumb phones!!...

makes you wonder how expensive Windows phone 7 will be

When is someone going to seriously shake up Microsoft? They just keep releasing one dud after another. Windows & Office may be enough to keep them going, but they really need some young, fresh blood running things.

I do think that they have a serious culture problem. They've had a few successes - Win7, Office 2007, X360 - but they'd had far too many failures and Windows Phone 7 looks to be the next of them. Meanwhile Google and Apple continue to push out successful product after successful product and be able to maintain their images as trendy companies.

I can't imagine why they're having trouble selling them, what with them being ugly and having the stupid name.

Bern@rd said,
Doesn't matter if the data pricing is still $30

Exactly. Smartphone rates for a non-smartphone? Who the hell thought this was a good idea?

Yeah, I think the data plan is what's going to kill the Kin... If they had targeted a cheap data package or something like that I think it would have had a chance. But not with a full smartphone data plan...

M_Lyons10 said,
Yeah, I think the data plan is what's going to kill the Kin... If they had targeted a cheap data package or something like that I think it would have had a chance. But not with a full smartphone data plan...

Seriously...I can't see why anyone would consider it over a more feature rich phone when they still have to pay the same $30 data plan with the Kin.

"When is someone going to seriously shake up Microsoft? They just keep releasing one dud after another. "

Actually, starting with Win 7 it hasn't been one dud after another, it's been Win 7, Bing, Office 2010, Natal, WPH7, 5 base hits, and one pop out with Kin. I was looking forward to seeing what Kin can do actually, but at those prices? I have to point the finger at Verizon here really. I've never trusted them, I deal with them EVERY SINGLE day in the work that I do, and I will never go with Verizon for anything. EVER. I still would like to see the Kin phones for myself actually, I want to see how the Sony camera does etc. It sounded like a neat little phone but not at smart phone plan prices...

jimmyfal said,
"When is someone going to seriously shake up Microsoft? They just keep releasing one dud after another. "

Actually, starting with Win 7 it hasn't been one dud after another, it's been Win 7, Bing, Office 2010, Natal, WPH7, 5 base hits, and one pop out with Kin. I was looking forward to seeing what Kin can do actually, but at those prices? I have to point the finger at Verizon here really. I've never trusted them, I deal with them EVERY SINGLE day in the work that I do, and I will never go with Verizon for anything. EVER. I still would like to see the Kin phones for myself actually, I want to see how the Sony camera does etc. It sounded like a neat little phone but not at smart phone plan prices...

Too early to classify Natal and Windows Phone 7 as a hit. Sure they've generated a lot of buzz (though WP7 has died down some), but until it transitions into sales, its just too soon.

Agreed, but Win 7 was huge as far as stability and speed and improved mulitasking goes, and I thought Bing was going to be a typical pathetic Live Search upgrade, and it was a HUGE improvement on the scale of Win 7. So yeah Natal, and WPH7 we will see, but I have faith in the sleeping giant. Yes I am an MS fanboy, only because they have learned a big fat lesson, I don't see them resting on their laurels ever again. Thank god for the competition. I still want to see Kin before passing judgement. I watched every single HD2 video before I got mine, and it was my own personal experience with it that sold me. This phone rocks. I can't see how WPH7 could get any worse than this, it can't be.

Win7 improved some multitasking but nerfed others, as navigating between multiple windows of a single app is now much more time consuming. They should really have moved to single state tabbed applications, as Live Messenger and Explorer are a bit of a needless chore.

I love Win7 but I really hope they address some of the usability issues for Win8.

I loved the Kin soooo much i purchased both 1 & 2......however, an unfortunate event occurred. My brother's, friend's, stepchild's, girlfriend's grandmother thought they were trash and threw them out...RIP...back to my nokia 6150.....

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