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Official: Microsoft's Kins Are Back in Verizon

You might remember last week, when word got out that Verizon was bringing back the not very popular Kin One and Kin Two. Well, apparently those rumors were true, because here they are, albeit with slightly different names. Ladies and gentleman, I give you the Kin ONEm and the Kin TWOm.

When it comes to hardware, these two devices are pretty much the same. Where Verizon has changed things up is the pricing and the data plans. Before, the Kin One (pictured) and Kin Two were priced at $49.99 and $99.99 respectively. Now, Verizon is selling the former for $19.99 and the latter for $49.99. All pricing listed here is with a two-year contract. If you want it off-contract, expect to cough up $119.99 and $219.99 for the ONEm and TWOm respectively. Big Red also lowered the data plans, removing that $30 per month data charge and replacing it with three options for data: $1.99 per megabyte, $29.99 for 5GB, or $9.99 for 5MB.

Though lower prices are always welcome, we think the biggest problem with the Kin ONEm an Kin TWOm will be that Microsoft is now competing with itself in a market where Windows Phone 7 is already available. It's sure to generate confusion when people go looking at Windows Phone 7 devices and are faced with a Microsoft-brand handset that doesn't use WP7.

Verizon first launched the two Kin devices in May of this year. The network pulled the device about a month later.

Source: Verizon (1, 2), via Engadget

  • Ragnar-Kon
    Microsoft should look up Einstein's definition of insanity.

    Seems to me that they made X amount of Kin phones, but sold less than X Kins, so now they're just trying to liquidate them. But who knows, I'm probably wrong.
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  • reconspartan
    Ragnar-KonMicrosoft should look up Einstein's definition of insanity.Seems to me that they made X amount of Kin phones, but sold less than X Kins, so now they're just trying to liquidate them. But who knows, I'm probably wrong.That's what it looks like to me.
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  • wotan31
    Ragnar-KonMicrosoft should look up Einstein's definition of insanity.Seems to me that they made X amount of Kin phones, but sold less than X Kins, so now they're just trying to liquidate them. But who knows, I'm probably wrong.Precisely. They're taking their piles of failed crap products, and trying to sell it again as something fresh and new. Microsoft fails at mobile devices. And they keep proving it time and time again.
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  • miloo
    kin phone looks like a gay phone ~ no offend XD

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  • IM0001
    It is not the Kin's fault but Verizons for its stupid limited data plans vs price.
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  • vant
    It is the Kin's fault. LOOK AT THE PHONE.

    It's a product failure being brought back to life to fail again. Someone at Microsoft just doesn't get it.
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  • festerovic
    what kind of lame plan options are:
    1mb for 1.99 =1 mb/$1
    5mb for 9.99 =1 mb/$1
    5gb for 29.99 =166 mb/$1

    Not very good scaling :) , and the first two "plans" are what you would use up in a ten minutes of web browsing.
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  • restatement3dofted
    milookin phone looks like a gay phone ~ no offend XD
    If you aren't trying to offend anyone, your best bet is probably to avoid saying things that are offensive. Just a thought.
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  • cablechewer
    I suppose it was either this or destroy the entire inventory of phones. If they get them moving they go from complete failure to minor failure/major embarrassment. If it works somebody at each company will get huge kudos when their review rolls around because they will make the failure far less expensive.
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  • d-block
    I wonder if they could have made it look any gayer.
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