Oh, nice tactic
Verizon pretty much killed that phone with its stupid pricing last time. Now they want a 2-year contract with no data plan?
Shortest Lazarus-act in history.
Microsoft's KIN phones are back from hipster hell, with Verizon pushing the unwanted phones in the run-up to Christmas. America's largest wireless carrier is again selling the KIN ONE and KIN TWO, now disguised as the KIN ONEm and the KIN TWOm, and without a data plan. Cnet reports that before the KIN ONE and KIN TWO were …
The story is already told: Kin Was a dog.
There comes a point, in any product's life, where no amount of spin will rewind the tape. The story becomes the truth, so bury the story before it becomes a wider truth.
The market story, is that this thing is a dog, and Microsoft would do well to ensure that the Kin becomes another Bob (a non-product, that techies like to taunt each other over, but, about which, the rest of the non-techie world is largely oblivious).
Reviving it can only do Microsoft harm, because it will only revive memories of the first failure. I'm no fan of Microsoft (because I think it is a brutalising and macho environment, in which no good can prosper) but even I wince at the mess they are making of their left foot, with this-here rifle. Put the gun down, Microsoft: you're only hitting yourself, now.
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