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 plan, instead you get Verizon’s significantly less expensive $15/150MB or $30/5GB options.
The Kins have become a textbook example of how not to release a phone, and it remains to be seen if the new, lower price will give them a second lease on life, as the teenager’s not-quite-smartphone that they were originally meant to be.