Announced last month, KIN - Microsoft's latest mobile consumer product will become available online from Verizon Wireless and Microsoft May 6th. KIN, a new kind of Windows Phone, is designed to be the ultimate social experience that blends the phone, online services and the PC with breakthrough new experiences called the Loop, Spot and Studio. Available in two different flavors, the KIN ONE and KIN TWO, both KIN phones feature a touch screen and slide-out QWERTY keyboard, while the KIN ONE is small and compact and the KIN TWO has a larger screen and keyboard, in addition to more memory, a higher resolution camera, and the ability to record high-definition video.
Starting May 6th, KIN is available online from Verizon Wireless and will be available in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores on Thursday, May 13. KIN ONE will be available for US$ 49.99 and KIN TWO will be available for US$ 99.99, both after a US$ 100 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement. Furthermore, Verizon Wireless KIN customers will need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk plan and an E-Mail and Web for Smartphone plan. Nationwide Talk plans begin at US$ 39.99 monthly access. E-Mail and Web for Smartphone plans start at US$ 29.99 for unlimited monthly access.
That's quite pricey for a teen or someone in the early twenties since you also need a Zune Pass, to unlock the full potential of KIN, which adds another US$ 15.00 per month!
A little bit later - in autumn this year - KIN will also hit Europe where it will be available exclusively from Vodafone and hopefully Vodafone will come around the corner with some smarter pricings than Verizon.
Cheers ~ Arne