It seems that Verizon has had enough of Microsoft’s Kin One and Kin Two even though they have plenty of stock.
Back in late June it was announced that Microsoft was putting an end to the Kin One and Kin Two social networking phones after less than three months on the market. While the phones would no longer be produced, it was assumed that Verizon would finish selling off the remaining stock, which by some estimates was quite substantial.
Apparently Verizon has had enough of the whole debacle and isn’t interested in trying to sell out the remaining supply.
According to PhoneArena, an internal communication went out this weekend about how employees should address the lack of he Kin phones being available for purchase on the Verizon site. There is no word yet if the handsets will also be pulled from the retail stores, but then comes the question of what will be done with all of these unsold handsets. Will they go back to Microsoft? Be recycled? Donated to a third world country?
This really has turned into a huge embarrassment for all of the companies involved. Tons of money were pumped into research and development for the phones, millions more was poured into promotion, and both Microsoft and Verizon now are sitting around with these huge albatrosses around their collective neck.
Honestly I was surprised when Verizon said they would continue selling the phones. Who would want to buy phones that failed in just under three months? Verizon and Microsoft have said they will continue to support the phones sold, but that is only for now. Will they feel the same in six months? A year? The idea that any of these phones would sell now when they didn’t at launch is just silly and wishful thinking.
If the phones are removed from the stores remains to be seen, but I wouldn’t be too surprised.
What say you? Were the companies being too hopeful that anything would sell for either of these phones after they were discontinued?