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

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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...]

HTC 7 Trophy Coming To Verizon In January

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The headline says it all. According to Windows insider Paul Thurrott, the HTC 7 Trophy will land on Verizon in January. Some specifications of note: 1Ghz processor 8GB internal storage 576MB RAM 5 megapixel camera Includes HTC Hub offering weather, stocks, converter, photo enhancer, sound enhancer That's all we got. CES is around the corner and … [Read more...]

Windows Phone 7 coming to Verizon this holiday season

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Count us among the surprised, but a tweet from the official Microsoft Windows Phone account on Twitter. As you'll see from the screenshot, "Windows Phone 7 devices will be rolling into Verizon stores this holiday season and more will arrive in 2011!" We saw the KIN return this week, so the week of surprises continues. via¬†Engadget … [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 Kins Are Coming Back!

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Wait, what? That's right, Microsofts abortive not-quite-smartphone, WP7 dry run which failed utterly miserably, is now returning to Verizon. Before you flip your desk and storm out, as would be a natural reaction, you should know that they've changed things a bit. No longer will you be forced to buy a smartphone data package, which made the Kins feel completely inadequate, as … [Read more...]