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Microsoft's Kin One and Two set for release tomorrow, steep price plans

Microsoft said on Tuesday that it plans to release its latest Windows Phone devices, the Kin One and Two, on Thursday May 6.

Microsoft and Verizon also detailed the pricing aspects of the devices. Kin One is available for $49.99, and Kin Two is available for $99.99, both after a $100 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement. Talk plans begin at $39.99 monthly access. Email and Web for Smartphone plans start at $29.99 for unlimited monthly access. To get either of the Kin devices you need to sign up for both a talk plan and Smartphone plan which means an outlay of at least $69.98 a month.

The price plans are likely to put many would be owners off. Both Kin devices are clearly targetted towards teen owners, of which most rely on their parents to pay for their price plans. It appears that Microsoft and Verizon overlooked this fact and it's highly unlikely that either device will sell well.

Customers will be able to order the devices online from Thursday and retail outlets are expected to begin stocking the devices on May 13.

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