Microsoft’s would-be challenger to the iPhone, called the Kin, is being dropped seven weeks after hitting the market, reports the Los Angeles Times.
The Kin, was available in two models from Verizon Wireless. They were smart phones aimed at young consumers, but failed to catch on after being introduced without apps, the article says. Microsoft had vowed to introduce apps for the Kin after its system merged with Windows 7. But now Microsoft says it’ll focus on Windows Phone 7, with the Kin development team joining the Windows Phone 7 operating system team, the story says.
But another problem with the Kin was its pricing, reports Advertising Age. The Kin One cost $49.99, while Kin Two had a price tag of $99.99 after $100 rebates, as well as a monthly $30 service fee, which many consumers resisted, the story says.