Microsoft Kin Gets a Price Cut…Already

By  |  Monday, June 28, 2010 at 4:32 pm

Microsoft probably could have picked a better time to launch its Kin line of mobile phones, especially with the focus of the tech world right now being on the iPhone 4, flawed or not. It appears as if the company is already ready to price these things into consumers’ pockets.

The Kin One will drop from $49 to $29 with a two-year commitment from Verizon, while the Kin Two drops to $49 from $99. Each phone requires a $29 per month or higher data plan, so their cost of ownership from a service standpoint is about the same as the iPhone.

Verizon is playing it off as part of a set of price reductions across its entire lineup, however most times when you see a price drop this early into a product’s lifespan, it has something to do with poor sales or not meeting certain goals.

Even with a fairly robust marketing effort, Microsoft has seemingly failed to grab those of us out there who may not want an iPhone but are in the market for a smartphone overall. Ina Fried at Cnet has relayed a story of one Verizon Wireless store that claims sales are so bad that even older Palm Pre devices are outselling it. That’s not good.

I have played with the Kin One, and can say for the first time I am truly impressed with a Windows-powered mobile device. Yes, it does have some quirks such as issues with how the touch-enabled area operates, but these are not showstoppers.

Maybe the problem is that consumers are increasingly seeing Microsoft as losing its innovative touch, and thus paying attention more to its competitors. It’s a shame, I think: the Kin should be able to do well on it’s own merits.

 
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  1. Harry McCracken Says:

    My take: I think the Kin (which I'm much less impressed with than you are) is proof that it really doesn't make much sense to try and bake comprehensive social networking features into a phone OS–especially one which isn't a platform for third-party apps. What Microsoft built is incomplete and outdated, and it just isn't clear why you'd buy this phone instead of something that's more versatile and powerful. (Side note: The Studio online site is the one thing about the Kin that's really cool.)

    It's as if Windows shipped with so-so clients for email and IM and there was no way to install other programs to do them…

    I see similar evidence in the Droid X: It includes a new version of Motorola's MotoBlur social interface, but it's gone from dominating the phone to being a set of low-key widgets.

    –Harry

  2. Ed Oswald Says:

    Harry – I also like the studio. I don't know, to me at least the UI was nice. It's a start. Microsoft actually thought outside of the box for once and we have to give them credit there. It can only get better from here.

  3. Todd Says:

    Thanks for the great coverage of the KIN! I just wanted to stop by and encourage everyone to join us on our Facebook page to keep up to date on the latest KIN news and event details. Feel free to send me any questions you might have about the KIN my way, I would be more than happy to help!

    Thanks,

    Todd

    Kin Outreach Team
    [email protected] http://www.facebook.com/KIN http://twitter.com/KIN

  4. Steve Says:

    It's sad really, but indicative of Microsoft's philosophy. Some poor guy is actually paid to flog MS's dead horse.

    even my nine year old son thinks it's lame…

    "Thanks for the great coverage of the KIN! I just wanted to stop by and encourage everyone to join us on our Facebook page to keep up to date on the latest KIN news and event details. Feel free to send me any questions you might have about the KIN my way, I would be more than happy to help!

    Thanks,

    Todd"

    Kin Outreach Team

  5. blogc2011 Says:

    What a great article, I found this to be quite an enjoyable read.
    Procera AVH

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