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Microsoft Kin One and Kin Two Available for Pre-Order May 6 and Launching May 13th

Posted on May 2nd, by Evan Selleck in archive. 11 comments

As we look back to the beginning of April, we see Microsoft launching their socially-connected handsets: the Kin One and Kin Two. Two very different, distinct devices in of themselves, they are either woefully ignored or highly anticipated. If you fall into the category of the latter, then we’ve got some good news for you. We’ve got an image of an internal Verizon report that shows the dates for pre-order, and official launch onto the Verizon network.

Microsoft told us at the launch of the two devices that they would be launching in May, along with Vodafone across the pond later in the year, but we didn’t imagine it would be this soon. According to the images, the Kin One and Kin Two are both going up for pre-order on May 6th, on the Web, and then becoming available in all channels on May 13th. That means that it’ll be available online, in Verizon stores, and third-party retailers on that date.

So, you’re only four days away from being able to drop your hard earned money on the next handsets from Redmond. While the Kine One (formerly known as the Turtle) may be one of the more interesting looking handsets we’ve seen in awhile, we can’t help but think that the Kin Two is going to be somewhat of a hit. With that 3.4-inch capacitive touchscreen, the 8MP camera on the back, and 8GB of flash memory, it’s definitely not the worst phone in Verizon’s line-up. Let us know in the comments if you plan on pre-ordering, or picking one of these social networking devices at all.

[Thanks, Dave!]

  • http://jeff.corgan.org Corgan

    Definitely considering on picking up one of these (probably the KIN TWO) if Microsoft can push Verizon into a slightly cheaper monthly plan for them.

  • Mitch

    Kin 2 if data plan is $10 per month.

  • Bryan

    What’s wrong with a $10/month plan, man? That’s cheap. That’s if they don’t add all kinds of other charges. I’m speaking Verizon, here. Out 8830 Blackberry smartphones have $29.95/month charges for both my wife’s Blackberry and mine. That’s too much. I’m gonna cancel the plan tomorrow if I can leave early. Supposed to be able to order new phones in July with Qwest/Verizon. I don’t know if they’ll let me leave early or if I threated ta leave early maybe they’ll let me order one of these phones for a lower price in May. Humm. Fun with technology and difficult decisions.

  • http://www.wmArcade.com/ Saijo George ( wmArcade.com )

    I dont see myself getting one but I think the younger generation will go nuts over it.. ( like my brother, he seems to like Kin 2 a lot )

  • Jess P

    I think it would be very unwise to pre-order the Kin phone.

    The Kin has a lot of problems. Still some faults preventing it uploading photos to Twitter. Instant Messaging not working. No apps.

    It would be better to hold back and read the reviews of the real handset, and see what others think before considering it.

    Not sure why “the younger generation will go nuts over it” when it does less than a much cheaper “feature phone” would do.

  • Dustin

    “The Kin has a lot of problems. Still some faults preventing it uploading photos to Twitter. Instant Messaging not working. No apps.”

    So how do you have such insider information?? Further, there’s no IM…nobody uses it on phones…REALLY.

    Finally, the app store will come around this holiday season when Windows Phone 7 is released. In the meanwhile, there will be apps available for it, mostly carrier dependent, which is like 99.9% of all phones out there.

    My guess is that you’re a Mac fanboy and don’t like anything but.

  • Jess P

    Your 4 days away from being able to drop your money down the drain and buy the worst phones on the market.

    Appless and Hapless. Unlike the other cheap feature phones on the market which run Java apps, there are no apps for the Kin. They are not allowed. On other phones, if there’s a feature it can’t do (like Instant Message), you just download a little Java app that allows you to do it. With KIN… no.

    It’s bizarre.

    Every cheap feature phone can take a photo and upload it to Twitter. Not KIN. No photo uploads to Twitter are allowed.

    Don’t pre-order it, as it will be a donkey.

  • Kin1

    I will get the Kin one. Love the size, can fit in my pocket very well. :)
    Just love it.

  • Dave

    i think lots of people are missing the point of this phone:

    it’s not supposed to have apps, calendar functionality, etc. social networking integration is a built in feature…not an afterthought app. having less access to apps and updated features might equal less expensive data plans.

    if big red and keep the data price in the $15 or under range, then this would be a compelling option for those not looking for the full smartphone experience, and depending on final implementation might have a new fan.

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