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Microsoft's Kin One and Two are Coming Back

A few months back, Microsoft held a special event for its first Microsoft-brand phones, the Kin One and the Kin Two. It was a bit of an awkward launch in general. The tech industry already knew all about Windows Phone 7 and was just counting down the months until its fall release. Then, Microsoft launched these two messaging phones out of nowhere and there wasn't a single person who was expecting it.

Though it was wonderful to see two Microsoft phones months in advance of the WP7 launch, the Kins weren't running Redmond's new Windows Phone 7 OS. No, despite being built on the same foundation as Windows Phone 7, their operating system was actually quite different and offered a more basic experience. These were messaging phones optimized for social networking and, ultimately, they were not successful. Verizon pulled the Kin One and Two off shelves just over a month after it went on sale. However, while we wrote it all off as a bad experience and moved on to more important things, like Windows Phone 7, it seems Verizon and Microsoft have not been so quick to abandon the Kin line.

Big Red is apparently bringing those two social networking phones back from the dead before the end of the year. got their hands on a Verizon roadmap that shows the two Microsoft phones on a Q4 release schedule. It looks like they'll be returning as the KIN ONEm and KIN TWOm, but the phones look largely the same. The same except for one big difference: No $30 per month data plan! That's right, it looks like someone at Verizon finally realized that offering a feature phone with a plan meant for smartphones was a bit of a mistake. No specifics on pricing, release or new plans, but we'll keep you posted.

Source: PPCGeeks via Mashable

  • thillntn
    "Hey we still have all this stock, let's try that again" will it be phone 7 this time??!!
  • jhansonxi
    Apparently not even landfills wanted them.
  • Stryter
    I cant help but think of Austin Powers saying, "Why won't you die?!"
    Maybe things will work out better with a second go-around, who knows
  • eddieroolz
    Oh look, Verizon learns after 4 months.
  • digiex
    Beware iPhone, Android... etc. the terrible duo is back with a vengeance.
  • ragingmercenary
    Kin they every become a viable phone?
  • I have to say I was SOOOOOOO excited for these when I first heard about them! I wanted on soooooo bad. I was on AT&T at the time. When I first was on AT&T my whole family was going to get iPhones, but the $30 data per phone would have doubled our bill! Well then i saw this and loved it! But then I saw the data plan was required for this too! So I said no point in this, might as well get an iPhone or Droid! Now that I'm older my parents (who decided they don't want smartphones) said I could have a smartphone on Verizon! And now that I'm going to get an iPad all I need my phone for is social networking and texting/calling. But I figure I might as well get a Samsung Fascinate. My little sister might like a KIN TWO though.
  • tical2399
    I can never remember if verizon is GSM or CDMA. If its GSM I might pick up a kinone just to take on my U.K. trip.
  • NoCaDrummer
    Yeah, they'll bundle it with KINect. You MUST take the KIN to get the Kinect.
  • tipoo
    If they sell them at dumbphone prices and with dumbphone contracts, I'd actually find them appealing. Pricing them like smartphones was a dumb move the first time.