Verizon Stops Online Sales of Kin Phones; Unsold Stock Rumored To Be Sent Back

July 19, 2010, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

More than two weeks after Microsoft announced that it was halting production of the Kin One and Kin Two phones, within weeks of its release, Verizon has stopped selling the devices through its online store.  It has also been rumored that the stock of unsold Kin phones will be returned.

An internal memo from Verizon, which was recently leaked on to the Internet, showed that the carrier had informed its staff that the Kin One and Kin Two handsets would be removed from the carrier’s handset list on July 18. However, it is also mentioned in the memo that current users of the handsets would continue to receive support from the carrier. Verizon’s online store mentions that the two devices are presently unavailable.

Microsoft’s Kin One and Kin Two phones, which were aimed at the younger generation and filled with social networking features, were faced with a lack of demand since their launch. The devices were said to offer less features in exchange for its high price.

It was first rumored that Microsoft had only managed to sell around 500 units of the Kin phones, but Microsoft did not confirm or deny the rumor. The company then announced on June 30 that it was halting production of the two phones and merging the development team for the Kin phones with its Windows Phone 7 development team.

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