Microsoft KIN ONEm and TWOm back in stock at Verizon

The Microsoft KIN line of phones was nothing short of a disaster for Microsoft the first time around as it failed to meet sales expectations. For a phone targeted to tweens and teens but required a full fledged data plan with half of the features, the device was dead before it even arrived.

It appears that Microsoft and Verizon have sat back down and hashed out a new agreement for the KIN series of phones as the KIN ONEm and KIN TWOm have appeared back on Verizon's website sporting new prices and a new data plan option. The devices now come in at $20 for the KIN ONEm and $50 for the KIN TWOm but still require a data plan of $9.99 or higher and a two year contract.

The phones appear to be identical to the previous KIN ONE and KIN TWO despite the additional 'm' on the name. It's unclear if Microsoft is simply doing this to clear out stock or if this is a fresh new push for the platform. Zune Pass still is present on the devices but it looks like you can only stream it over WIFI instead of 3G. 

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The data-plan requirement was very much the issue, from what it sounds like. That and the fact that certain Android smartphones (LG Ally in particular) undercut the KIN on handset price (note that the Ally isn't whacked for requiring a smartphone plan). In other words, it's okay if *Android* handsets require data plans, but not Windows (at least non-WP7) handsets.

This seems like Verizon's way of saying, "Mah bad Microsoft, we keep sellin' ur phones after we screwed ya on pricing planz... now give us Windows Phone plz?"

Ayepecks said,
This seems like Verizon's way of saying, "Mah bad Microsoft, we keep sellin' ur phones after we screwed ya on pricing planz... now give us Windows Phone plz?"

I can haz Windowz Phone Seven Phonez?

This is going to fix the fact that NO ONE bought it, however, it won't make it a success. I think they already know that, though.

Jack Musick said,
This is going to fix the fact that NO ONE bought it, however, it won't make it a success. I think they already know that, though.

The hardware is the same. I believe that they updated the software so that you can buy them without a data plan. Sounds like a good idea to clear out the stock that's just sitting in a wharehouse.

These aren't bad as feature phones. They should seriously make the data plan totally optional. Otherwise I'd rather have a feature phone w/o a data plan and something like an iPod touch.

The initial release was killed by the overly expensive data plan. For a phone that is $25.00 and $50 respectively should not come with a $29.00 and up data plan.

They should push family share on this. Tmobile would have been a better release partner as they have a pretty aggrressive family share plan.

I want it around so that we can have the KIN STUDIO with the WP7 phones at some point. It has some very nice social features and sync options.

Maybe with the lower price point they will sell steadily, albeit low.

I bet it is just to get rid of stock, nothing else, and that's okay with me.

ccoltmanm said,
Maybe with the lower price point they will sell steadily, albeit low.

I bet it is just to get rid of stock, nothing else, and that's okay with me.


I agree..and people who have never heard of the KIN and don't now about the major fail it brought upon Microsoft will buy the phone and like it. I mean...I'm sure it's better than the cheap samsung on nokia phones the carrier offers..

Quick Shot said,
I'm sure it's better than the cheap samsung on nokia phones the carrier offers..

Thats going to be the major selling point. Gives a nice option to parents to get for this kids. Its more than the boring Nokia phones that most spoiled kids would whine about yet its cheap enough that parents wouldn't mind getting it.