Get A Free LG Ally With New Kin TWOm – MS Kin Relaunched

The Microsoft Kin One and Two phones were expected to make waves among the teenagers. But the phones disappeared without a ripple and according to some analysts, the sale numbers hardly crossed four digits. The ridiculous data pricing was blamed by many as the reason why these phones never took off among the target group.

But these phones are back with an extra ‘m‘. The new Kin ONEm and TWOm are basically the same as the earlier models except that they come with more reasonable pricing plans. Kin ONEm will cost you $19.99 while Kin TWOm will be priced at $49.99. As you read in the title, Kin TWOm buyers also win a free LG Ally handset with that purchase. Speaking about the monthly plans, voice begins at $39.99 per month while data starts at $9.99 (with 25MB data cap). And yes, there is also an activation fee of $35.

While this is still not too cheap, at least Verizon should be able to sell a bit more than they did last time. At least, that’s the hope.

Price Of Microsoft Kin Phones Dropped

Verizon has announced that the carrier is slashing the prices of Microsoft Kin phones effective immediately. Consequently, Kin One is now priced at $29.99 while the other Kin Two handset will now be available online at $49.99. These two phones were priced at $49.99 and $99.99 respectively.

Microsoft has not had the success it may have wished for with the new Kin phones. The company made a high profile launch of the two handsets that were apparently targeted at the teenagers. While the phones came with cool social networking features, there were two areas where Microsoft and Verizon erred.

Firstly, Microsoft Kin never had the kind of applications that users would want. The phones did not support third party apps – unpardonable considering that low end Android handsets are now being made available at cheaper prices. Secondly, Verizon positioned the device for teenagers and tried to extract an executive fee from them. The phones came with full fledged data and voice plans that were not going to appeal to the young crowd.

It is being rumored that only 500 Kin handsets have been sold until now. While that is difficult to substantiate, we believe, the latest announcement is still unlikely to give the device any great push unless there is a major revamp on the data pricing front. What do you think?

Only 500 Microsoft Kin Sold Till Date?

What does Apple have that Microsoft doesn’t? Inarguably, a great marketing team. Don’t get me wrong, I still think the iPad is still just a little more than a glorified brick that offers little to no value. Yet, the Apple marketing team pulled it off.

Now rumors are doing the rounds that Microsoft has only managed to sell 500 Kin phones (both Kin One and Two combined) till date. This is a pretty unconfirmed rumor and needs to be taken with boatloads of skepticism. Other reports state that the sale numbers are at least in the lower end of 5 digit figures.

Nevertheless, the consensus is that Microsoft’s Kin line of phones may have just flopped. However, Verizon is more at fault than Microsoft in this case. The monthly costs are too high for a device that is not even a smartphone. Kin One and Two are priced at $50 and $100 respectively and Verizon mandates a minimum monthly purchase of $20 of data. Considering that the phones are mainly targeted at the teenagers, the cost may simply not be justified.

[via IntoMobile]

Microsoft Kin May Get Windows Phone 7 OS Soon

After Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 unveiling got rave reviews, the company disappointed its fans by announcing a feature phone instead of a smartphone. However, it now appears that the platform on the Kin phones may ultimately get merged with Windows Phone 7 which will allow users to download apps and play games.

Greg Sullivan, Senior Product Manager at Microsoft has said,

“Over the longer term, we’ll be merging [Kin and Windows Phone 7] platforms and having downloadable apps.”

This was ratified by another email by Microsoft

“Both Kin and Windows Phone 7 share common OS components, software and services. We will seek to align around a single platform for both products as well as consistent hardware specifications, so we can drive our ecosystem at scale and strength across all products.”

Microsoft Kin has a refreshing form factor and a smartphone OS in the device may go a long way in popularizing the device. Now that the reassurance has been given, it will only be a matter of time before we should get to see it in the device.

[via PhoneScoop]

Microsoft Kin Two : Technical Specifications And Price

Starting next week (May 13), users may starting owning Microsoft’s latest piece of hardware – the Kin Two. Here is a complete list of specifications and pricing details. Don’t be surprised if it appears costlier than what you had thought

Complete Tech Specs And Features
Display : 3.4 inch TFT, HVGA (480×320), Capacitive Touchscreen
Dimensions: 4.25” x 2.5” x .75”;
Weight: 4.7 oz.
Battery: 1390 mAh. 232 hours standby.
Internal Memory : Tegra APX2600, 256MB RAM
Storage : 8GB
Connectivity : 3G 1xEVDO Rev. A (800/1900 MHz), Bluetooth (HSP, HFP, A2DP, AVRCP), Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g
Camera : 8.0MP HDR CMOS Anti-shake, Autofocus, LED Flash, HD (720p) Video

Other Features:
QWERTY Keyboard (Horizontal slide)
Zune-powered Music, TV, Movies, Podcast, FM Radio Experience
Over-the-air streaming and download of tracks with Zune Pass (File Formats Supported: mp3, WMA, AAC, WMV, MPEG4, H.264)
Headset: 3.5mm Audio Jack
Exchange Mail and POP3/IMAP Pull
Accelerometer, GPS

Cost : $99.99 after mail-in rebate with 2 year Verizon contract
Monthly pricing : $39.99 for voice and $29.99 for data

[via Ubergizmo]

Microsoft Kin One : Technical Specifications And Price

The complete details regarding Microsoft Kin One have finally been announced. As mentioned yesterday, the new handset from Redmond will come with Verizon starting the 13th of this month.

Complete Tech Specs

Display : 2.6” TFT, QVGA (320×240), Capacitive Touchscreen
Dimensions: 3.25” x 2.5” x .75”;
Weight: 3.9 oz.
Battery: 1240 mAh. 210 hours standby
Memory : Tegra APX2600, 256MB RAM
Physical Keyboard: QWERTY Keyboard (Vertical slide)
Connectivity : 3G 1xEVDO Rev. A, Bluetooth (HSP, HFP, A2DP, AVRCP), Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g
Camera : 5.0MP CMOS Anti-shake, Autofocus, LED Flash, Video

Other features:
Zune-powered Music, TV, Movies, Podcast, FM Radio Experience
Over-the-air streaming and download of tracks with Zune Pass (File Formats Supported: mp3, WMA, AAC, WMV, MPEG4, H.264)
3.5mm Audio Jack
Exchange Mail and POP3/IMAP Pull
4GB Storage
Accelerometer, GPS

Price : $49.99 with mail-in rebate and 2 year Verizon contract
Monthly Pricing : $39.99 for voice and $29.99 for data

Microsoft Kin One And Kin Two Launch Dates Revealed

Microsoft’s ‘Project Pink‘ finally comes to fruition this month. An internal memo circulated by Verizon has revealed that the pre-orders for the much anticipated Microsoft phone could start as early as May 6th.

Also, the launch dates could be on May 13th. However, do note that these dates are for the American market only, and will be available across Europe and other parts of the world only later in the year.

As for now, Kin One and Kin Two shall be available across Verizon stores, third party retailers and online starting May 13 in USA.

[via SlashPhone]

Microsoft Kinect : New Trademark Filing Raises Doubts About Additional Kin Tools

Earlier this week, Microsoft filed for trademark on the term ‘Kinect‘. The filing (PDF) has been done under the category “computer software, computer hardware, and computer peripherals“.

The filing is interesting coming close on the heels of the unveiling of Microsoft Kin – the much anticipated mobile phones from Microsoft. One of the primary selling points of Kin One and Kin Two is the emphasis on “social networking made easy“.

Microsoft Kinect Trademark

From that perspective, Kinect (which sounds more like connect) makes for an interesting terminology to trademark. Is Microsoft launching a Kin specific Zune marketplace? Do we get to see additional software tools making social “connecting” easier? I do not know. But it will be interesting to see what comes out of this.

What are your thoughts?