Just a few short weeks after launch, the Microsoft Kin is reportedly being killed off. Gizmodo reports that sources at Microsoft have confirmed the death of a device we all wanted to like. Why would a device die such a speedy death? Sales. Microsoft never has confirmed – nor denied – the fact that only a mere 500 Kin units have been sold since launch.
Sadly, the pricing of the phone plan that Verizon laid out is another reason for its demise. Verizon chose to price the phone as a smartphone, despite the fact that it isn’t one. The monthly plan was so high that Verizon drastically cut the price at one point. This did nothing to lure customers to form a line such as we’ve seen with other recent device launches.
Microsoft has issued a very vague statement on this matter:
“We have made the decision to focus on our Windows Phone 7 launch and we will not ship KIN in Europe this fall as planned. Additionally, we are integrating our KIN team with the Windows Phone 7 team, incorporating valuable ideas and technologies from KIN into future Windows Phone releases. We will continue to work with Verizon in the U.S. to sell current KIN phones.”
That says a lot without saying anything at all. Hopefully some of the parts of Kin that were good will be seen again in Windows Phone 7. At least support is still being promised to people who actually own the device. There’s no word on software updates for it, though.
Did you purchase a Kin phone? What are your thoughts on the device, and the news of its impending demise?