Kin Studio Closes January 31st, Kills The Platform’s Only Redeeming Feature


The one killer feature the ill-fated Kin phones really had going for them was Kin Studio, which allowed you to tap into the cloud for news, social networking, live updates and the like. Unfortunately, come January 31st, that service is dying, reducing the phones to dumbphone level. You can still call, email, SMS, steam music via Zune Pass and browse the web, but all the cool … [Read more...]

The Kins Are Back In Town

The poor, abortive Kin. Spiritual antecedent to Windows Phone 7, it required a smartphone data plan, but didn't have a smartphone's power, leading it to rather poor sales and a quick demise. Well, Verizon have them back in stock, and under a slightly new name they're going cheap. The ONEm and TWOm go for $19.99 and $49.99 respectively, and no longer require a smartphone data … [Read more...]

The Kin, It Lives!

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Poor Kin. Nobody liked it, it was killed in just about zero time, didn't have the functionality of a smartphone, but still cost as much to run. Microsoft's first attempt to get into the sort-of-smartphone market was a textbook failure, with funny looking phones that weren't quite functional enough. Universally panned, it rapidly faded from our consciousness, except as a warning … [Read more...]

Microsoft Kin One and Kin Two On Close-Out at Amazon


Now that the fate of the KIN has been determined, steps are being taken by retailers to clear inventory. Look no further than Amazon and you'll see the KIN One and KIN Two are available for $199 and $299 without a contract. The pair appear in Amazon's Close-Out Deals. With their fate sealed, we cannot recommend anyone pick up either of these unless they want an ever so … [Read more...]

Microsoft Kills Kin

The short lived life of the Microsoft Kin is now officially over per an official statement from the company. Designed for kids, the Kin was the anti-smartphone that packed a smartphone priced data plan. Despite a fairly decent sized marketing campaign, the Kin just never took. This frees up the Kin team to work on Windows Phone 7. Some features, such as the effortless storing … [Read more...]