Microsoft sold around 10,000 KIN devices

Rumours continue concerning Microsoft's KIN sales numbers.

Early estimates suggested the software giant had only sold 500 of the devices. John Gruber, a blogger notorious for his inside information on Apple, claimed Microsoft sold 503 devices. "I can’t vouch for the following, but a well-placed little birdie told me over the weekend that they sold a grand total of 503 Kins before they pulled the plug. 503," he wrote in a blog posting recently.

It turns out that Gruber and many critics were wrong about Microsoft's KIN sales. Thanks to some great detective work from Pocketnow.com, we can confirm that Microsoft has sold approximately 10,000 KIN devices. KIN registers its Facebook app on Facebook, where you can list the total number of monthly active users of the application. The KIN Facebook app is only available on KIN devices and can only be used by accessed by those with KIN devices. At the time of writing the application has 8,810 monthly active users.

The KIN was only known by it's codename, "Project Pink", until a few months ago when it was unveiled at a press event in April of this year. The device is based on the Windows Phone 7 framework, and was aimed at teens and young adults in their early twenties, but failed to gain traction amongst users in the US after launch - it received only mediocre reviews, and was only available on select plans which were unpopular because they were expensive. Microsoft announced the death of the KIN devices last week.

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John Gruber? Come on it's like believing Ozcar on his blogs. The problem with some bloggers is that they regurgitate news and not report it through fact finding and verification processes. I understand they blog and some of them do not make money off it. But come on - if it smells like a duck and walks like a duck...IT'S NOT A CHICKEN.

I agree with the MS employees who stated that this should have been a good exercise that should not have gone into production. There are some great social features from this product that will be implemented into WP7. Loop was a little busy but it's a good social concept as well as the Silverlight application Kin Studio. I would like to see more of the KIN Studio integration and Loop has some resemblance to WP7's tiles.

Many of you might not like WP7 but it won't be a failure. They will get it right with WP7 and September is going to be a busy month.

Thank God we don't have to deal with Microsoft encouraging people to go meet random arse strangers from the internet. Watch Rosa end up dead in the back ally in Beijing. Really Microsoft encouraging kids to go meet up with complete random strangers? There's meeting people online in an acceptable manner and then there's what you were advertising.

COKid said,
John Gruber=Fail

Yeah, not sure why anybody takes this Apple shill seriously these days. He's basically drowning in his own Kool-Aid.

I still want a Kin2!
But the reason I haven't and never will get one is the pricing plans, sod paying £35 for a bloody phone that can't do much.

Microsoft needs a marketing hit right now. It could be WP7 but I'm not too sure yet. Other than the Xbox, Microsoft hasn't done too well with hardware. I think they should just stick to software.

asdavis10 said,
Microsoft needs a marketing hit right now. It could be WP7 but I'm not too sure yet. Other than the Xbox, Microsoft hasn't done too well with hardware. I think they should just stick to software.

That depends if you define doing well by the number of items sold or if the item is trully good.

If it is the second one you can add the Zune HD to the list.

mackenziepricee said,

That depends if you define doing well by the number of items sold or if the item is trully good.


The two are mutually exclusive? If it's a good product it will sell well. In the case of the kin it clearly wasn't.

LoveThePenguin said,

The two are mutually exclusive? If it's a good product it will sell well. In the case of the kin it clearly wasn't.

Did you ever use it? No? That's what I thought. I blame it on Verizion. They did the exact same thing with the Pre, they had really $hitty marketing because they don't want anything to detract from the Droid.

LoveThePenguin said,

Most of those 10k will probably be MS employees, so 500 sounds about right.

Now you're just starting to annoy me. Seriously? Get your head out of your @$$ thanks. Go troll somewhere else.

Verizon's stupidity is what killed Kin, not the product itself. Forcing its users to get a smartphone data plan for a device that is NOT a smartphone (it's a touchscreen feature phone, which generally don't require smartphone plans) drove away a lot of potential buyers. And these are the idiots who people around here want the iPhone to be on?? Sorry, but as bad as AT&T can be in some areas (it's VERY good where I live), Verizon would totally **** it up even worse.

LoveThePenguin said,
A poor workman blames his tools

An argument with no proof of substance ends up killing itself each time.

Holy crap. You really cannot make a solid post, can you?

LoveThePenguin said,

Or perhaps it's just a terrible product?

Or perhaps you can just stop talking if you don't know what it is you're talking about? Seriously, these are getting sadder and sadder.

I can understand why they made the Kin but unlucky during development as smart phones were really starting to become mainstream for everyone so there was no point in releasing a cut down version for a certain group of people. It was a nice idea that might have worked years ago but everyone wants a smart phone that can do numerous things, not a small group of limited apps. The cloud features were probably the best thing to come out of Kin. Microsoft are usually late or too early to the game. They were certainly late to this one. Full focus has rightly been put on Windows Phone 7 now.

yardman said,
It shouldn't have been released in the first place....Microsoft focus should be on WP7.

WP7 will be the same. A big fat failure waiting to happen.

LoveThePenguin said,

WP7 will be the same. A big fat failure waiting to happen.

And your proof of that is? Probably not much except a love for bashing Microsoft. I'm betting 10 bucks right now that judging from your first two comments that the rest will be just as retarded and shallow.

thealexweb said,
That is awful for how long it took to develop the platform.

That, and the fact it wasn't really a platform, it was a feature phone, major fail.

It's beyond me why anyone takes what John Gruber has to say seriously.

His little birdie also lied about the Google Voice fiasco last year when he blamed AT&T. He's just another iBlogger with his tongue so far up Steve Jobs emaciating behind he puts Daniel Dilger to shame.

/.02c

9UnknownMen said,
It's beyond me why anyone takes what John Gruber has to say seriously.

His little birdie also lied about the Google Voice fiasco last year when he blamed AT&T. He's just another iBlogger with his tongue so far up Steve Jobs emaciating behind he puts Daniel Dilger to shame.

/.02c

500 or 10000, still a huge failure for Microsoft

9UnknownMen said,
It's beyond me why anyone takes what John Gruber has to say seriously.

His little birdie also lied about the Google Voice fiasco last year when he blamed AT&T. He's just another iBlogger with his tongue so far up Steve Jobs emaciating behind he puts Daniel Dilger to shame.

/.02c


Obvious epic failure is obvious.

LoveThePenguin said,

Obvious epic failure is obvious.

Yes, especially after the company announces it in a press release. Still doesn't make Gruber any less of an iTurd which was my point.