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Trying To Get A Pulse On KIN – Have They Been Successful?

by Sean P. Aune | June 12, 2010June 12, 2010 3:40 pm PST

As of late it feels like you can’t turn on a television without seeing at least one commercial for Microsoft’s Kin phones.  (Oddly enough it is almost always the Kin 1, you rarely see the Kin 2)  With all of this marketing going on you would think we would hear something about sales figures, but yet nothing has come out that we can find.  Are the latest Microsoft entry into the cell phone market succeeding or not?

Microsoft has a lot riding on the Kin 1 and Kin 2 feature phones, but yet we have heard no crowing about sales figures as we usually do after a successful launch oh a new mobile device.  Sprint was so eager to get out EVO sales numbers that the company got them completely wrong.  About the only things we have to go on is what is being said around the Web, and most of that focuses on two things: Missing features and the dramatic price cut.

kin 1 and kin 2For phones that are supposed to be so directed towards social media, they seem to be missing a lot of very basic tools such as ReTweets in Twitter, profiles in Facebook and so on. All of these are easy fixes via a firmware update, but no word on that as of yet. You do have to wonder how social media driven phones could be missing such essential features at launch, though. Does Microsoft truly not get social networking to such an extent that they thought no one would miss these things?

Then there’s the pricing. I said last month that Microsoft had missed the pricing window on these phones, and luckily it appears some people realized it also.  The Kin 1 can now be picked up for $.01 with a two year contract, and the Kin 2 can be had for $29.99 under the same conditions.  Good move to whomever first thought of it.

Yet the fact remains we have heard nothing on sales figures, and that leads one to believe they are nothing to crow about.  I have yet to see one outside of a commercial, and that also doesn’t bode well.  I’ve heard of no one discussing them, no one saying they must have one and so on.  All-in-all it just feels like these phones are dead on arrival.

Have you heard anything?  Do you own one?  Let us know in the comments!

Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...