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Microsoft may have sold exactly 503 Kin phones

updated 03:55 pm EDT, Wed July 7, 2010

Rumored Kin figure may be real after all

Claims that Microsoft may have sold just 500 Kin phones before the end may have been accurate. A tip from a "well-placed little birdie" to historically reliable John Gruber said Wednesday that Microsoft only sold 503 of the phones in the six weeks before the phase-out began. Previous talk had claimed it was higher, but still under 10,000.

The tally would make the Kin one of Microsoft's most costliest failures ever relative to the amount of money spent and time on market. Microsoft is believed to have devoted tens of millions of dollars to marketing the Kin One and Kin Two but, if true, would have had virtually no success. Microsoft projects that have struggled in the past, such as Bob and Windows ME, have often had several months or more and have usually had at least lukewarm sales.

Much of the fault for the poor sales has been assigned to Microsoft's willingness to let Verizon charge smartphone rates to use a phone with severe limitations compared to much of Verizon's roster.

Publicly, Microsoft has never been willing to confirm its Kin sales numbers, but they were low enough that Verizon still has enough stock to keep selling units at their clearout prices.

by MacNN Staff



  1. dliup

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Epic Fail. Good job Microsoft. Please keep doing that, maybe some of those employees should go work at Google?

  1. Herod

    Joined: Dec 1969



    1 more then a zune hd.

  1. Tulse

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Does that include...

    the one used as a product placement in Pretty Little Liars? Or should that be 502?

    Man, what a trainwreck for MS.

  1. njfuzzy

    Joined: Dec 1969



    "Most costliest"?!

  1. mrpither

    Joined: Dec 1969



    VERIZON sold the phones, and they killed it by saddling it with a full cost dataplan for a phone that is not a full smart phone. not that the phone made sense to me to begin with...

  1. iphonerulez

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Those tens of millions of dollars spent on the Kin

    could have been spent on keeping some of those laid-off employees. On another note, Microsoft shares were up today. I suppose tens of millions of dollars is but a drop in the bucket for a company of Microsoft's wealth.

  1. nat

    Joined: Dec 1969



    what njfuzzy said. since msn, hotmail, search, et. al. have never made a cent in over a decade how can this be the costliest? last i heard bing lost 700 mil since it's launch. and msn, etc. loses hundreds of millions every year, year after year.

    so, uh, huh?

  1. Hikerdave

    Joined: Dec 1969



    "Microsoft's willingness to let Verizon charge smartphone rates"
    This is probably the real reason why there is no iPhone on Verizon. If Microsoft could not negotiate with Verizon then I don't think Apple will have good luck. Verizon maybe the best phone carrier (the reason why they don't need to negotiate) but they want to stick it to their customers as much as possible. I remember when I was on Verizion and purchased a Bluetooth phone, the phone had the capability to sync with my computer (shown in the manual and on the web) via bluetooth, but Verizon had the company disable that function, so Verizon could sell their overpriced computer syncing kit.

  1. BelugaShark

    Joined: Dec 1969



    It's like there are over 500 dumb asses, in the U.S. alone!

  1. garmonbosia

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Gosh

    There's at least half that many just at a tea bagger's convention.

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