Linked by David Adams on Thu 1st Jul 2010 05:02 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Microsoft has killed the Kin after only six weeks on the market. The first Windows Phone 7-ish phone apparently didn't sell, likely thanks to its too-high-for-the-demographic $30 data fee from Verizon.
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RE[2]: Face it
by license_2_blather on Thu 1st Jul 2010 18:02 UTC in reply to "RE: Face it"
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That $30 is in addition to the $40 minimum you pay for phone service. (Texts are more still on smartphones, but I don't know about the Kin). The plan pricing certainly could've been a factor, but Verizon has instituted mandatory data plans on all their "multimedia" (feature?) phones, and it hasn't killed off the rest of their feature-phone offerings. [I do agree with another comment on here that, since that is the case, it makes more sense to pay a bit more and get a real smartphone.]

As for not trying it on another network, it may have been CDMA only, or it may just not have sold well due to the goofy marketing and strange form factor. I'm no fan of Apple's, but the Kin's industrial design can't tie the iPhone's shoes. Maybe MS ought to loan their keyboard and mouse hardware people to the phone group.

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