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Verizon confirms Kin's abrupt exit

updated 12:10 pm EDT, Mon July 19, 2010

Verizon says Kin sales ended entirely

Verizon today confirmed that it was pulling the Kin from stores early. The carrier is no longer selling the Kin One or Kin Two either online or at retail. Kin Studio and other back-end services are still expected to run, but for how long wasn't said.

The early departure preempts even Verizon's plan to sell remaining stock and brings a complete end to the Kin line, which was cancelled at the end of June after just over six weeks on the market.

Neither Microsoft nor Verizon has been willing to confirm the final sales figures, but as of the final shutdown of sales the Kin's Facebook app registered just 9,705 active users, slightly higher than the 8,810 seen when the Kin originally cancelled. The count is likely to make the Kin one of Verizon's poorest-selling devices as it lasted for far less time than devices that already sell in relatively low numbers on Verizon, such as Palm's webOS line and Windows Mobile smartphones like the HTC Imagio or Samsung Saga.




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