Feeds

Verizon slashes Microsoft Kin phone prices

Vultures seen circling

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

Verizon has slashed the prices of Microsoft's ill-conceived and ill-received not-so-smartphones with the Dr. Seussian names of Kin One and Kin Two.

Just six weeks after release, the biscuit-shaped Kin One now costs a mere $29.99 with a two-year plan and a side-sliding Kin Two, $49.99. At those prices, may we suggest that it would make more sense for Verizon to simply give the poor things away — it might at least then make a few bucks on wireless charges.

Verizon cuts Kin prices

Deep, deep discounts — a traditional harbinger of doom

Both phones — manufactured by Sharp — have had brief but rough lives since they were announced in mid-April and released in mid-May. Although their marketeers tried hard to position them as hot'n'hip social-networking must-haves, reviewers mostly yawned at their feature sets, grumbled over their software, and scratched their heads in disbelief when they learned that third-party apps were barred from the devices.

The nail in what increasingly appears to be the Kins' co-coffin was pricing. Although the narrowly targeted phones were designed for "download generation" kids, they were (originally) priced for adults. Then Verizon pounded a few more into the pine box by offering the Kins with full-priced voice and data plans — the same fees that Verizon charges for real smartphones, not toys.

The Kins also suffered from rumors of dismal sales — including one unsubstantiated rumor cited by Business Insider that lowballed total Kin sales at a mere 500. As we said, that's pure rumor — but if it turned out to be true, few would be astonished.

Let us know: have you ever seen a Kin One or Kin Two in the wild? ®

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

More from The Register

next story
Download alert: Nearly ALL top 100 Android, iOS paid apps hacked
Attack of the Clones? Yeah, but much, much scarier – report
Broadband sellers in the UK are UP TO no good, says Which?
Speedy network claims only apply to 10% of customers
Virgin Media struck dumb by NATIONWIDE packet loss balls-up
Turning it off and on again fixes glitch 12 HOURS LATER
Yahoo! blames! MONSTER! email! OUTAGE! on! CUT! CABLE! bungle!
Weekend woe for BT as telco struggles to restore service
Fujitsu CTO: We'll be 3D-printing tech execs in 15 years
Fleshy techie disses network neutrality, helmet-less motorcyclists
Facebook, working on Facebook at Work, works on Facebook. At Work
You don't want your cat or drunk pics at the office
Soz, web devs: Google snatches its Wallet off the table
Killing off web service in 3 months... but app-happy bonkers are fine
prev story

Whitepapers

Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
How to determine if cloud backup is right for your servers
Two key factors, technical feasibility and TCO economics, that backup and IT operations managers should consider when assessing cloud backup.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Getting ahead of the compliance curve
Learn about new services that make it easy to discover and manage certificates across the enterprise and how to get ahead of the compliance curve.